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The Past, Present and Future of Backup Devices

The Past, Present and Future of Backup Devices

posted in Backup & Recovery ● 12 May 2016

While backing up business critical data cannot be overemphasized as one of the most vital operational functions performed by any business, the scope, frequency and types of data backups performed have drastically been changed. Both with the advances in the technology available to perform backups and the ever increasing importance of disaster recovery due to the constantly growing digital data demands that modern businesses are placed under.  The emergence of the cloud and the many cloud-based technologies that are available to businesses have provided many options for businesses to protect their most valuable asset, while many corporate or industry-related regulations and policies dictate that protected data be stored onsite, ensuring that onsite backup remains relevant to many businesses.

Backup Devices in the Past

Onsite backups were long seen as the only viable solution for securing and protecting data due to both the time needed to complete full backups as well as bandwidth limitations, in addition to the complications that would often arise with backing up full copies of large data sets, while tape devices were more often than not the only medium available to store them. Backing up data to tape, while often the most cost-effective method of data protection at the time, brought with it many challenges to the user. Tape backup devices often provided no guarantee in terms of the consistency of the data, while proving time-consuming for IT engineers due to the manual processes required to run a backup, all while offering minimal, if any security.

Backup Devices in the Present

Backup technology has grown in leaps and bounds from the often used tape devices and unreliable external hard drives that were most often used to secure and protect business critical data. Many technologies have been developed to backup data to disk. Many of these products provide backup technologies that are pre-configured onto specifically developed devices while other technologies provide software that works on a variety of hardware or backup devices. A distinct advantage of these technologies is their ability to both automatically perform backups at specific times, while the daily backups are run incrementally, backing up only the changes to the initial full backup that was performed, and while this method of backup is available in many tape backup technologies, the restoration of data would often prove to be a time and resource intensive operation.

The Future of Backup Devices

The ever growing popularity of cloud-based technologies, particularly in the backup and storage arenas has seen an increasing number of organizations utilizing these technologies to backup and store business critical data on numerous shared platforms designed specifically for the purpose of securely housing backed up data. Many corporate and industry specific regulations however prevent business critical data from being housed on backup devices not owned by the company and not housed in data centres that are not located on the company premises. Backup devices will therefore continue to have a presence in the backup and disaster recovery space and advancements in the technology associated with backup devices will continually provide options for organizations that require onsite backups. Redstor backup and disaster recovery solutions provide options for cloud-based, hybrid onsite – cloud as well as fully onsite backup requirements. The Redstor Titanium Backup Device provides an onsite backup solution on a fully customisable appliance ranging in size, while offering the full benefits of the Redstor Backup Pro software technologies, completely secure, incremental based backups and restores for both servers and workstations or laptops. While many organizations are taking advantage of the array of benefits offered by cloud-based technologies, particularly when it comes to backing up business critical data, onsite backup devices will continue to form an important part of many data protection and recovery solutions.

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