Five tips for choosing an enterprise backup appliance

Data protection is critical to almost every business these days and this is where backup appliance market is flourishing. But as the market is filled with lot of vendors, it becomes extremely hard to select a backup appliance. So, here are some tips needed while shopping for a enterprise backup appliance

But before selecting a backup appliance, the IT professional needs to make a list of other factors such as-

  1. How much data they need to protect
  2. What percentage of their environment is physical and virtual?
  3. How quickly they need to backup and recover their data
  4. What are their availability requirements for backup appliances?
  5. Do they need to replicate data to another site or to the cloud?

After finding out answers for these questions, then the purchasing in-charge needs to start identifying a backup appliance that aligns with his/her enterprise size, needs and budget.

Organizations which have only few terabytes of data to protect need to go for backup appliance which have-

Cloud Connectivity- While cloud connectivity may not be a “must-have” feature for SMBs right from Day 1, they should verify whether the backup appliance either offers it now or has a roadmap to provide a cloud connectivity in the years to come as storing data in the cloud is likely to become highly desirable if not an outright business requirement.

Deduplication- This software algorithm presence in the backup appliance eliminates redundant data and maximizes storage capacity on backup appliances.

Replication- A business will definitely want to replicate data to another site for the sake of redundancy. This feature presence in a backup appliance helps to replicate data to central or remote office.

VMware and Hyper V support- Server virtualization with VMware and Hyper V support is being specifically viewed as a prerequisite while shopping for a backup appliance. Unless a business certainly knows it is going to remain physical, having a support for virtual machines in backup appliances is truly necessary.

Web based GUI- Small and medium scale businesses desire to have simple and easily manageable backup appliances to meet their requirements nicely. So, almost every backup vendor who is offering backup products is offering this feature by default.

Application integration- Midsized businesses are more likely to have mission critical applications such as either Microsoft Exchange or SQL Server running in their environment.  While most backup appliances protect these applications (Exchange – 73%; SQL Server – 82%), it is the duty of businesses to check before they make a buying decision.

Scalable- As business growth occurs; data storage and backup needs will automatically grow. So, go for a backup appliance which is enriched with scalability feature.

StoneFly Inc offers a series of backup appliances which have all the above said features and are on top form to be used by SMBs and large scale enterprises.

The company offers not only backup appliances with cloud integration, but also helps in offering a single box for all your server storage and backup and recovery needs.

Call 510.265.1616 or click on StoneFly Backup and Disaster Recovery appliances


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