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Why IT Matters:
Walking the line to five nines and how
to make it happen in your backup and recovery plan.

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What Is Backup?

Backup is a strategic and methodical process used to copy and ultimately recover data efficiently. It is also used to ensure your organization's data is available on a daily and operational basis.

The data center has evolved considerably in the last few years. The explosion of storage growth, the rise of business analytics, and the wide adoption of virtualization and cloud across environment has forced backup solutions to continue to advance in order to keep pace.

Backup solutions now account for the fact that data on a virtual machine could be moving across multiple physical hosts. The rise of disk-based backup solutions tracked directly with the exponential data storage growth. Tape was no longer a viable option in many environments as a primary backup option. Backup solutions allow for long distance replication to offsite locations for cloud environments.

How Will Backup Solutions Benefit My Business?

An effective backup plan sets the foundation for your disaster recovery strategy and can help your business achieve:

  • Consistent availability of data
  • Reduced storage costs
  • Protection from financial loss
  • Improved operational efficiencies
  • Increased staff productivity

How Can I Help My Business Embrace Backup Solutions?

When evalutaing a possible backup solution, it’s important to consider:

  • The value of your data and the financial and operational impact to your business if it were unavailable for a period of time
  • Your recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO)
  • Current data storage capacity and related expenses

What Comprises A Backup Solution?

Effective backup solutions include the following:

Backup Software

Backup software ensures the protection and restoration of critical data to the strictest RTO and RPO, regardless of type or if it is located in physical or virtual environments. Best of breed products offer continuous data protection (CDP) of both file servers and databases.

Backup Systems

Backup systems can be disk-based (faster access and recovery) or tape‑based (lower cost and highly portable). The growing trend is moving to disk-based, as it includes data deduplication capabilities.

Data Deduplication

Most network data is redundant; the same file is backed up on multiple devices. Data deduplication reduces redundancy and saves storage and energy costs.

Data Archiving Plan

It is critical to transition older or less used data to a slower, lower cost disk based storage appliance for a period of time before eventually moving that data further to even lower cost tape based storage. This tiering can be performed automatically, freeing up staff resources for more strategic projects.

Disaster Recovery Plan

Off‑site storage of data is necessary to fully protect your organization from catastrophic events. These can be moved physically by taking tapes or removable hard drives to another location or electronically by replicating to a satellite location or cloud partner.

Getting Started With Backup

Your CDW Account Manager and certified Solution Architects are ready to assist you with every phase of choosing and leveraging the right solution for your IT environment. Our approach includes:

  • An initial discovery session to understand your goals, requirements, and budget
  • An assessment review of your existing environment and definition of project requirements
  • Detailed vendor evaluations, recommendations, future design and proof of concept
  • Procurement, configuration, and deployment of the final solution
  • Ongoing product lifecycle support

Quantum Case Study: Scalar Series

The Organization: infrastructureWORKS
The Location: Warren, NJ
The Project: Cut backup management time by 90% with Scalar tape library. Get the story »

Quantum Case Study: Dxi-Series & Scalar Series

The Organization: Franklin Pierce University
The Location: Rindge, NH
The Project: Free up valuable resources with deduplication appliances solutions. Get the story »

Tailor-Made Optimization

The Organization: NAVIS
The Location: Bend, OR
The Project: Use Cisco UCS to scale computing power to meet spikes in demand. Get the story »

Ready to Roam

The Organization: Pinckney Community Schools
The Location: Livingston County, MI
The Project: Network infrastructure overhaul to achieve its long‑term teaching and learning goals. Get the story »

Virtual Building Blocks

The Organization: ATS Cloud
The Location: Dallas, TX
The Project: Scale up enterprise IT services to small and medium-sized businesses in real time. Get the story »

Refresh Time is Now

The Organization: Anthony Marano Company
The Location: Chicago, IL
The Project: Develop a continuous refresh strategy to mitigate increased data center demand. Get the story »

Convergence Capabilities

The Organization: Rothstein Kass
The Location: Roseland, NJ
The Project: Use Cisco UCS to combine pervasive virtualization and automated management tools. Get the story »

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