Data Protection: What do Messy Garages Have to do With Data Backup & Recovery?

Two weeks ago, I was down in Cupertino, CA to visit a college friend. The last time I visited him, a year ago, we had great fun playing ping pong (table tennis) in his garage for four straight hours. As I was driving to his place, my excitement doubled because I was looking forward to another great round of ping pong. But my excitement quickly vanished when I saw his garage. It looked something like this garage:

 

 

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I’m sure you will agree this is not that unusual. In today’s fast-paced world, new stuff is filling up our garages and attics before we even have time to take a hard look at the old stuff to see what could be cleaned up or disposed of.

 

IT organizations face a very similar situation, as they deal with new applications and new types of data, the biggest impact of this information growth falls on data protection.

 

Simply put, the more information you have, the longer it is going to take to backup and recover—an addition to the higher costs you may incur for secondary storage. Changes within today’s 24x7 business environment are constant and never ending, and IT admins have very little time to spend fine tuning their backup policies or optimizing the backup infrastructure.

 

Let’s take a look at a very common backup scenario: the continuation of the same aggressive backup policy after a critical project is over. The files being backed up aren’t changing, but the backup application is working on the same aggressive nightly schedule and backing up the data on the most expensive secondary storage tier. Now imagine an intelligent backup application that is able to realize this and alerts the backup administrator about this situation with a recommendation to change the backup policy for the data that has not changed for a long time. This ability, to learn and adapt to change, reduces the risk on service level objectives (SLO) and allows you to gain higher backup resource utilization. HP’s new Adaptive Backup & Recovery approach delivers this ability and much more. 

 

My great friend and colleague, Stephen Spellicy, Director of Enterprise Data Protection, recently wrote a blog post about adaptive backup &recovery approach and how it leverages operational analytics to deliver business resiliency for organizations. Another blog post by Jeff Veis, VP of Solutions Marketing HP Autonomy, adds more light on what was announced and why this is a game-changing approach. I encourage you to visit their blog posts to learn more.

 

HP Adaptive Backup & Recovery may not help my friend cleanup his garage, but it can certainly help world-class enterprises empower their IT administrators to make smarter choices in the data center—choices that can provide the most optimal backup and recovery in its environment.

 

Check out the Adaptive Backup page to learn more about Adaptive Backup & Recovery, and stay tuned for more exciting news regarding how HP is planning to make backup & recovery better and smarter.

 

#HPDPB

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Gagan Bhatia serves as WW product marketing manager for Enterprise Data Protection software within HP Autonomy business unit. He has over 15...


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