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Many IT organizations have had the same data protection tools and practices for years, even decades, and see no need for that to change. But Application Owners need to know that they’ll be able to recover their data at the application level when disaster strikes, and yesterday’s solutions are simply not up to this job. It’s time for modern, application-aware data protection - and here’s how to get there.
STEP 1 CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THE NEW PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS
Back when corporate data was largely amorphous and stored on a small number of servers and locations, backup really was a pretty straightforward proposition. But businesses are now much more reliant on a growing number of mission-critical applications - applications whose data is specialized, growing exponentially, and distributed across many more servers and locations.
Oracle, SAP, IBM DB2 and Microsoft applications each have specialized data formats and application behaviors which data protection solutions must natively understand. It’s not enough to simply back up and restore data in a vacuum. Solutions must understand the unique requirements of each application, control backup storage costs, and provide proper security for data, both in flight and at rest.
Modern data protection solutions must be able to access and restore from backups painlessly, with minimal IT help required. Cost, complexity, data storage challenges, management, and business continuity are all driving an interest in using cloud services.
STEP 2 RETIRE OLD POINT BACKUP TOOLS
As the types and locations of the data we protect has grown, so has the number of backup tools proliferated in the enterprise, each designed to address one particular type or class of data. These point products (or even homegrown scripts) have been cobbled together over time and are usually difficult for anyone other than the person who rolled them out to operate and are easily broken by new technology or configurations.
Modern data protection solutions, like Commvault® software, provide all the features of individual backup point tools, but all on one platform, which makes it much simpler to license and manage. More importantly, that platform can back up and work with multiple specialized applications, including Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, Oracle, and Lotus Notes, and provide a unified interface for managing and recovering all of these applications. A modern solution has built-in data security, like encryption, both in flight and at rest. It also provides policy-based security so responsibility can be shared by a team rather than one individual. All of these features enable IT organizations to finally retire old backup tools.