Is Your Backup Software Aware of Your Data?

Posted 09/22/2016 by Matt Tyrer

Today’s agile environments require modern approaches to protection, recovery and overall data management. As the environments continue to evolve and scale beyond what many traditional approaches can handle, new methodologies have been required. Sadly, many of these newer, niche and hyper-converged solutions are focused on driving the speed of recovery and not looking at the recovery itself. Getting my entire virtual machine back instantly doesn’t help me if I still need another few hours to get the application or database back into production. Getting faster doesn’t always mean better with many of these new solutions. You need to be able to find the data or application, and recover it to the version or point in time needed. This actually leads to an overall faster RTO since you can get what you need, where you need it, and in the state you need it faster.

The team at Storage Switzerland highlight the need for awareness in their latest article, “Is Your Backup Software Aware of your Data?” Visibility to the data is paramount in terms of understanding what you have, where it is and how to recover it. Having your data is one thing; knowing where to find it is another, and knowing WHAT it is has now become more crucial than ever. Knowing what it is will let you drive intelligent data management policy, support governance and compliance initiatives, and execute on Copy Data Management strategies as you have clear insight of the data under your purview.

This is where Commvault can provide value, by giving you that "information about your data." It's not just random files and blocks. We can see into the content to help you manage it better and faster. We can help you find your data, not based on where you backed it up from or what server it was on, but based on what it is, which is "The Content."  Need to recover all the emails related to "Project Neutron?"  No worries. Don’t know which copy of the application you need to use to refresh dev/test? We have you covered. Get the data you need, where you need it, when you need it - fast.

Matt Tyrer, with nearly a decade of Commvault sales and technical expertise, is the Solutions Marketing lead for the Americas. He has more than 18 years of experience in the IT industry, covering data and information management, cloud, compliance, enterprise storage, data center consolidation and migration, disaster recovery for public and private sector clients across Canada and around the globe.