Unitrends Adds Linux Hot Snapshotting To Appliance-Based Rapid Recovery - page 2
Rapid Recovery No Longer a Luxury
Unitrends' appliance disk snapshot based approach is the latest of recent changes in the backup/restoral market, reflecting the intersection of companies' need to have key applications back online as quickly as possible--minutes rather than hours--and the use of disk-to-disk (D2D) for primary backup in place of disk-to-tape (D2T), and broadband enabling centralized backups from remote sites, and e-vaulting from central sites to off-site.
Combining hardware and backup software isn't necessarily hard, but, says Taneja, "The smaller the company, the more they don't want headaches --'Don't send me the CD, we don't want our IT people spending time installing and configuring, we're rather spend a little more on the purchase.'
"Even if it's a relatively simple integration task, don't underestimate the market's desire for packaged solutions," Taneja states. "Especially in smaller companies, 50 to 100 people and up, IT people aren't experts in everything, appliances help. Unitrends has made it possible to recover not only the data image, but also the entire system, so a company can recover in a single step."
Also, Taneja notes, "Unitrends can do recovery on dissimilar hardware. Most vendors can only do recovery on the same type of platform, e.g. 'a dual-Xeon with 1GB of RAM.' It may not be possible to get similar hardware, if the failed system was three years old--and you may not want to get an exact replacement." While Unitrends won't let an x86 image be restored to a SPARC machine, he concedes, "You can move from a 1-way Xeon to a 4-way, et cetera. So you don't have to keep spares of everything, and have more time to recover sensibly."
The big challenge, says Taneja, will "educating the market as to what bare metal restore is.
"The way that the industry has done data protection over the past twenty years has been archaic," comments Taneja.
Solid state disks (SSDs) made a splash in consumer technology, and now the technology has its eyes on the enterprise storage market. Download this eBook to see what SSDs can do for your infrastructure and review the pros and cons of this potentially game-changing storage technology.
- 1Linux Top 3: GNOME 3.12 and New Betas for Ubuntu 14.04 and OpenMandriva Lx 2014.0
- 2Linux Top 3: Linus Lashes out, Linux 3.14 Gets PIE and Ubuntu One is Done.
- 3Linux Top 3: Ubuntu 14.04, Debian Gives Squeeze More Life and Red Hat Goes Atomic
- 4Linux Top 3: CoreOS, Oracle Enterprise Linux 7 and Ubuntu 14.10
- 5Linux Top 3: Debian Gives Up on Upstart, Ubuntu and Linux Kernel Updates