If there’s one word that can sum up the corporate world, it’s big. Big businesses use big data in order to carry out big calculations. The money is big, the economic impact is big and of course much of this takes place in big buildings. So when it comes to corporate data backup options, your clients are going to be looking for a backup that is—to say the least—not small.
A few different backup solutions lend themselves well to storing the unimaginably huge amounts of data that big enterprises need. By considering the following options, your clients can start determining the best way to store and reliably recover their critical data.
Private Data Center Infrastructure
Corporations that have a ton of information to back up will rely on local storage for the primary backup target. Best practice for storing large amounts (TBs) of backup data has been a Purpose Built Backup Appliance, or PBBA for short. But PBBA’s have their shortcomings, one of which is a lack of Global Deduplication. For remote office support and to support multiple data centers, multiple PBBA’s are required. This is a costly and complex environment to manage.
Luckily, there is an alternative. New next generation backup servers offer built-in global deduplication and do not require a PBBA. They can efficiently store and dedupe backup data from multiple locations for the best storage efficiency. They may also offer source-side dedupe; thereby, reducing the amount of data that must travel from the source node over the network to the backup server. For the most advanced backup designed to manage very large backup loads, look for a modern data protection solution that offers global, source-side deduplication.
The Public Cloud
When it comes to scalable solutions, there’s not much that can touch public clouds. Public cloud providers have space to spare, and they rent it out in volume. So for enterprises that need to expand the amount of data they’re backing up due to a particularly good quarter, it’s generally a matter of paying higher subscription fees or add-on charges.
However, the public cloud also carries with it some issues that are directly related to the amount of backup storage. First consider how to move potentially TBs of backup data to the cloud. It can takes days to transfer large amounts of data, so the two most common alternatives are to use a WAN Optimizer product or pack the data onto portable disk drives and ship it to the cloud provider.
Another alternative is available if your onsite data protection solutions offers global, source-side deduplication. With this solution, your backup vendor may offer a public cloud based hybrid solution that supports an instance of the backup server in the cloud. With global deduplication, the backup data is already reduced and can be transferred without the need for a separate WAN Optimizer. And just as important, the data can be stored in the cloud in a data reduced format, reducing cloud storage costs by as much as 10X.
That’s the beauty of a hybrid cloud backup solution. Hybrid cloud deployments—in which an internally owned cloud infrastructure communicates directly with the public cloud—can remedy some of the concerns surrounding scalability. Sophisticated hybrid deployments can allow the private cloud to use a public cloud as a target for long-term backup retention.
Good Ol’-Fashioned Tape
In this high-tech future we live in, some people thumb their noses at traditional backup solutions like tape drives. If you’re going to use a tape drive, why not just have someone sitting there copying down all your backup data by hand, right?
But tapes can serve as the perfect backup solution for data that requires long term retention and is accessed very infrequently. Think of tape as your best solution for long term data archival. Tape has very large capacity and can save data securely with any additional cost for power or cooling. Tape can be stored off-side in your own private locker or at a 3rd-party storage provider.
Corporations think big, so being able to wrap your mind around the backup needs of a massive, complicated entity can yield big rewards. Assessing and understanding what a client is really looking for in a backup is the key to getting a big smile out of big business.