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What you need to know about data center backup in Placerville

Even for SMBs, data centers can be extremely complex environments and they are often critical to business operations. This means that data center backup is a serious issue that needs to be carefully managed and appropriately resourced. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data center backup in Placerville.

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Data center backup usually means backing up a lot more than just business data

Data center backups are generally used for two purposes. One is to deal with minor incidents such as accidental deletion or corruption, for example, after a change that goes (badly) wrong and has to be rolled back. The other is for business continuity and disaster recovery.

The second purpose at least requires you to have a backup of a lot more than “just” business data (although this can amount to a lot). It also requires you to have backups of operating systems, applications and configurations and perhaps hosts and management consoles. In fact, it may well require you to back up physical infrastructure including (and perhaps especially) mobile infrastructure.

For you to be able to decide what to back up (and in what way), what to archive and what (if anything) you can afford to ignore, you need to have both a complete overview of your assets (digital and physical) plus a solid understanding of how they fit into your business. You aim to balance backing up what is necessary to keep your business operational with budgetary restraints.

What this means in practice will, of course, depend on many factors, including the nature of your business and your budget. Some businesses will genuinely need to back up and archive everything regularly. Other businesses may have a lot of legacy data floating around their systems for no apparent reason, in which case they may choose to focus on production data and data needed for compliance.

Regardless of what approach you use, you should aim to segment your data so that your restoration process rolls from one server to the next instead of restoring data across servers in a piecemeal fashion.

Data center backup management calls for robust management tools

If you’re running a fairly minimal data center, for example, you’ve mostly migrated to the cloud, but you’re not quite finished, then you might prefer a more “lightweight” solution. Your two main options are hardware-based solutions and cloud-based solutions.

Hardware-based solutions used to be very popular, especially since they usually came with storage and were essentially “plug-and-play”. These days, however, they tend to be seen as a bit on the risky side, hence there has been a move to cloud-based options (or Backup-as-a-Service).

If, however, you’re running a more complex data center, then you’re probably going to need either a software solution or a hybrid solution (a solution which is part software and part BaaS). In fact, you may need more than one solution as the nature of modern data centers can make it very difficult to find one software tool to cover all environments, operating systems, applications, and data and that’s even before you start looking at the issue of virtualization.

What’s more, you’ll only find out exactly what a vendor means by “support for X” when you actually start working with the software. This means that it’s vital to make good use of the evaluation period. As a minimum, you should thoroughly test how the software performs at everyday tasks and ideally, you should aim to test every possible situation which could come up in your data center as it is configured at that point.

Of course, the chances are that your data center is not going to stay configured that way forever or even for any great length of time. This is why you need to check out what sort of ongoing support you can expect from the vendor as changes to your data center will probably require changes to the configuration of your data center backup management solution.

That said, you may well find that your data center backup partner can offer more help than the software vendor. The reason for this is that issues with data center backup management software are very rarely down to the software itself (at least not after the initial configuration).

What usually happens is that a change somewhere in the data center leads to an interoperability issue with the data center backup management software and it’s a matter of sleuthing to find out where the problem lies and how to fix it. Data center backup vendors tend to have a much broader range of experience and knowledge of the data center environment and therefore tend to be better at finding and solving these types of problems.

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