New Orleans is a city of enticing cuisine, fantastic music, and unbridled nightlife – and for the next week, it is home to the Microsoft TechEd show. I’m excited to be in the Crescent City this week, where we are talking to colleagues in IT about data protection in Microsoft Windows environments – and how FalconStor® CDP can help transform traditional data backup from a patch job into a continuous process that eliminates the backup window and allows for instant recovery.
As IT and business managers are well aware, data replication can quickly increase bandwidth and storage costs if you aren’t careful. Wide area network (WAN) optimization can help you reduce the amount of bandwidth and storage capacity used by data replication, enabling cost savings while maintaining efficient application performance.
Remote replication can also improve the backup process and shrink the backup window to virtually nothing. We see many organizations taking snapshots of their data, replicating it to a remote location and completing the backup-to-tape process from the remote site. The primary site, and associated business applications, are effectively insulated from any backup process disruption – eliminating downtime, and the backup window.
It seems every year someone publishes a list of the top issues in IT, and every year backup issues are right up there at the top of the list. After 20 years of working on backup products, I find it a little disconcerting that backup remains a major problem.