Backup Solutions: There’s So Many – Which One For You?

Yosemite Technologies released it’s latest storage protection/backup product, File Keeper.

Yosemite FileKeeper protects every document a user edits at the instant they save their documents, regardless of where the documents are stored or whether the system is connected to or disconnected from the network.
While many backup solutions are great at backing up data, you must set back up at a certain time. If you don’t back up, or if a user backs up files after the backup, the file is not backed up until the next scheduled backup.
Mitchell Cipriano, Vice President, Marketing at Yosemite Technologies sheds some light on the somewhat confusing menu of backup solutions in this interview.
1. There are so many storage solutions for smaller businesses, how should they decide what solution is best for them?
Each customer needs to look at the specific needs for data protection in their environment. Factors including Restore Point Objectives (RPO), Restore Time Objective (RTO), amount of the data, applications in the environment, need for client backup among others.
Once the data protection requirements of the organization are understood, the next step is to determine how these requirements will grow or evolve in the near future. This is important to be sure the solution that is selected today will have the scalability and extensibility to grow and change with the needs of the environment.
Additionally, an organization needs to understand their internal expertise to support the solution they select and ensure they are prepared for the administration requirements of the solution they select.
2. Some solutions are appliance based and some are software based, with the files backed up on the businesses own servers. Can you speak to this?
For customers with less internal technical expertise, an appliance based solution can offer an excellent compromise between function and complexity.
These systems are typically very easy to install and administer and offer excellent features.
The appliance based solutions do come with a few disadvantages:
∑ Flexibility – they are typically less flexible. This means they
may not have the granularity of control over backups or restores or they may not offer support for non-mainstream environments or devices.
∑ Performance ≠ appliance based systems are optimized for ease of
installation, configuration and administration and not for performance. If the environment is one that will require a high performance system to meet backup windows or restore time objectives, then the appliance based solutions may not be the best choice.
∑ Scalability ≠ often these systems are designed to fit a size of
environment and do not provide for expansion as the environment grows and evolves. This can result in costly upgrades down the road.
Overall, appliance based solutions can offer an easy to use data protection to a range of environments. Care should be taken to ensure that the solution fits the environment today and the projected growth of the environment for the future.
3. With more and more businesses using hosted applications has this and/or will it have an impact on storage needs. Will there be LESS of a need for storage solutions?
The need for data protections solutions increase as the amount of data increases and as the complexity of the applications increase. Adoption of hosted applications and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions are driving both of these so the need for sophisticated storage solutions is increasing.
Adoption of SaaS is moving the some of the burden of data protection from the user to the application host or SaaS provider. The process of protecting the application data is now with the host. However, the protection of the data on the client machines is still with the user. Today, more and more data is being maintained on notebook and desktop PCs; this is creating an increased need for companies to protect the data on these machines.
[ adds] – Yosemite’s web site reads:
Yosemite FileKeeper delivers event-driven continuous data protection of user data, efficiently stores copies of user data in a unique location on the user’s system as well as on a Core server, reduces both storage and network impact by copying and storing only the changes to a file, and allows the user to perform their own recoveries via intuitive right-click menus accessible from a number of places on the user’s system and independent of network connection status. Finally, to ensure corporate data protection policies are adhered to, everything can be controlled by an administrator via the FileKeeper Policy Server.
This double protection – on the user’s computer and a central server is solid and impressive.