Backup and Recovery Software Forum

David Thompson
User at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Oct 18 2019
What is the best backup for super-duper (100Gbps) fast read and write with hardware encryption?
Vuong DoanThe backup speed depends on: - number of concurrent I/O streams - data type - network - read/write speed of backup repository - data encryption enable or not - terabytes of front end data to be backed up The question is not clear enough, to sizing a high scalable, high throughput environment. To archive the 100Gbps throughput, you have to list down the mentioned information. For a very large environment, I strongly recommend using either NetBackup or CommVault.
Dipendra BhandariIn my experiences i generally prefer netbackup appliances for fast backup and recovery including encrypted data.
Petri KamunenThere isn´t one single back up target device/appliance doing 100Gbs throughput in the marker. To achieve that number requires multiple appliances like HPE StoreOnce. Also, it requires a lot from the primary disk array and infrastructure to provide 100Gbs ie multiple mid-range/high-end all-flash disk arrays etc.
Ariel Lindenfeld
Sr. Director of Community
IT Central Station
Sep 24 2019
There's a lot of vendor hype about enterprise backup and recovery software. What's really important to look for in a solution?Let the community know what you think. Share your opinions now!
Raul GarciaThey are several aspects; 1) The frequency with which you need the backup files, folders (files) and / or servers in question to be running. Since this frequency is in theory your closest and farthest recovery point at the same time. Example 1: If you define that every four hours, in case of a problem you will be able to recover what you backed up four hours ago 2) The estimated size of what you need to back up vs. the time it takes to back it up Example 2: If you are going to backup 300 GB every four hours and the process takes 8 hrs. (because your information is sent to a MDF - SITE mirror by an internet link or something) then you will not be able to back up every 4 hours, you will have to do it every 8 or 9 hrs. Example 3: If you are going to backup 50 GB every four hours and the process takes 1 hrs. (because you send your information to an MDF - SITE mirror through an internet link or something) then you will not have problems when you have to make the next backup within 4 hours. 3) The applicant's ability to program (in sequence and / or in parallel) what you need to support Example 4: Suppose that some files, folders (files) and / or servers need to be backed up every 4 hours. and others every 12 hrs. and others every 24 hours. and others maybe every week. In this case you have to estimate very well the worst scenario that is when the sum of what you are going to be supporting coincides and that slows the process, which implies that when the following programmed backups are activated they effectively run without setback. 4) The flexibility of the application for the execution of incremental or full backups Example 5: In this case it is knowing what the application is going to do in case a backup fails. Does the incremental part that did not back up start again from scratch? Does it leave a process restart point, if so, how reliable is this process? Will it force you to make a FULL backup that will not take 4 hrs. and that it will take 24 hrs. or more? With what your programming will have to be re-standardized? 5) While it is true that the restoration is the most relevant, prior to this you must ensure that you have well supported what "budgets" should be supported. In these aspects is what worked best for us.
Ivo DisselThe most important aspect is the time for the backup and restore to finish, and of course how easy it is to configure schedules, rules, policies, etc.
it_user261273-Is it a resource intense solution? -Data security -Backup and Restore time. -Usability (ie. centrally managed) -Cost to purchase and maintain.
Miriam Tover
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Sep 18 2019
There's a lot of vendor hype about backup and recovery solutions. It's an important decision and you don't want to recommend the wrong software for your business. What questions should someone ask before purchasing backup and recovery? Help your peers ask the right questions so that they'll make the best decision.
Steve KleisBackup software can be divided into two groups; file-level backups and image-based backups. Avoid solutions that require both methods to recover a system. I would avoid any company that uses a file-based backup for the simple reason that recovery of a server is going to be cumbersome. Image backups take a copy of the whole disk and then tracks the changes for the following backups. Image backups allow for simple recovery of an entire server, most can restore individual files but make sure to ask. Some of the questions you will want to ask the vendor depends on your needs and the environment. In all cases, I would want a clear understanding of how to manage the system. For example how does setting up the backup job work and do you have to do it for each server? Have them show you the restore process for files and full systems how many steps and how long does it take? Is there a feature that will replicate off-site or to a cloud service that you can recovery your servers in the event of a disaster? Is the user interface easy to use and understand? Can you restore to dissimilar hardware or virtual environment? Can it back up workstations from the same interface? Do you have to buy an additional server and Windows OS for the backup system? How long has the vendor been in business? Full disclosure, I work for StorageCraft. StorageCraft has a great product called ShadowXafe that can scale from the small to large companies, check it out.
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