The Top Features of Enterprise Backup Software You Need

by | Jun 25, 2013 | Business Continuity

The sophistication of modern systems is astounding. Explore the Must-Have Features of Enterprise Backup Software systems

Perhaps less than a decade ago, in a recovery situation an administrator would have had to likely grab a backup image of a server or some crucial piece of missing data from a network storage location or even from physical storage. Administrators and others with technical know-how would have had to devote a costly sum of work hours restoring and testing the missing or corrupted pieces. No company, of any size, can afford downtime such as this. Fortunately, cutting-edge enterprise backup software solutions offer near instantaneous recovery capabilities that will get you back up and running in no time. The following are features that are essential to Enterprise Backup Software systems:

Virtual Machine Backup

Enterprise backup software capabilities have traditionally relied upon incremental backup points. This means that only the changes in a system between backup points would be stored. This technique can save time, bandwidth, and storage space, but unfortunately it creates a complicated and unreliable chain in which the entire backup history of the system may come into play. Fortunately, we can create virtual machine backups: each restore point is a fully bootable copy of the system, which can be brought up immediately.

Off-Site Cloud Restoration

With fully bootable virtual machine images comes the ability to restore the images on the cloud. There is no time spent fumbling to procure alternative hardware, repurpose an existing server, or some other complex task. With the power of secure cloud virtualization, a device can seamlessly be brought back up in no time. It is even possible to continue making backups of these virtual devices while they are hosted on the cloud.

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On-Site Local Restoration

Just as easily as virtual machines can be restored offsite, they can also be virtualized locally using the spare memory of the primary backup hardware. For example, when a server breaks down, the virtual instance can take its place locally until it is fixed and then it can be brought up to date with a bare metal restore (BMR).

Contact us for more information on these possibilities and all enterprise backup software solutions to ensure that you are taking advantage of the best modern technology for giving you peace of mind with your IT systems.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.