As part of your decision-making process, consider this: data recovery from tape is time-consuming and imprecise. Recovery points can exceed 24 hours, and, if you store tapes off site, it can take several days for retrieval and data restoration. The revenue and productivity lost during that period can be devastating. And if you use backup agents on application host servers, you’re consuming processing time and might be impacting the server itself enough to affect application performance.
Continuous data protection (CDP) better protects data, improves its recoverability, and reduces the required frequency of tape backups. Once you start comparing CDP to tape, you’ll find there are many resource-saving reasons to make the switch. Among them are CDP’s ability to:
• Unify local and remote data protection processes
• Combine replication and backup to minimize data loss, speed recovery, and reduce the need for tape-based data protection
• Eliminate hundreds of daily tape backups per year
• Reduce or eliminate the usage of large physical tape libraries in the data center, which lowers overhead and frees up physical space
• Provide significantly faster recovery times than tape – minutes rather than hours or days.
When you’re ready to take advantage of all CDP has to offer, look for an all-encompassing solution with these essential features:
• The ability to integrate with your existing infrastructure
• Centralized management and reporting to reduce management overhead
• Compression and data reduction to minimize storage requirements
• Backup acceleration through backup software integration to increase tape backup speed while offloading processing from application servers
• WAN optimization to minimize network bandwidth requirements for replication
• Application-aware snapshots for the fastest possible recovery with the highest levels of granularity
Do you have questions about what CDP can do for your organization? Contact us or read case studies of how FalconStor CDP has helped companies in nearly every industry improve their data protection.