What to Know When choosing an Enterprise Back-Up Appliance

The most common issues that businesses see with their backups are either their backups taking way too long, or they’re not being reliable and not finishing in the first place. Without having a clean backup completed in a reasonable timeframe, a business is going to have an unreasonable amount of risk associated with their systems.

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According to the research 64 percent of organizations use backup appliances today with another 16 percent planning on using them and another 13 percent that are interested in them. That leaves only 7 percent of organizations that either don’t want backup appliances or don’t know.

That also puts backup appliances as the predominant DPA (Data protection appliances) type in markets today, but even that isn’t the whole story.

There’s various different technologies that exist to help create a more reliable, more efficient backup. Both of them come in many different platforms, but the two most common are purpose built enterprise backup appliances, and solutions that leverage existing infrastructure with software laid on top of it to minimize the impact of cost.

With purpose built enterprise backup appliances, you’re afforded the convenience of having your software and your hardware in one convenient platform. Whether you decide to put it in a primary location or in branch offices, it can exist in a self-sustained environment and be managed much more simply than having a pieced-together solution.

In many environments, there are resources that exist such as media servers, portions of the software that you may need to utilize, or backup disk targets, like a network attached storage (NAS) or even a storage area network (SAN) in some cases. What that allows us to do is eliminate some of the upfront cost by layering what’s missing on top of that. When we do that, upfront cost and capital expenditure (CapEx), in often times, is lowered to a pretty considerable amount.

Enterprise backup appliances include both the backup software and storage capacity within the appliance for a turnkey solution. Backup appliances may or may not have deduplication disk may or may not have cloud connectivity or some other distinguishing feature. But the key to the category is that the backup engine and some amount of storage is within the consolidated device.

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