When it comes to data protection it’s not just all about backup. Still, I find myself constantly reminding people that all the time. It’s really about how quickly you can get to the backed up data in the event of the unthinkable—the loss of critical data. The fact is though, the IT infrastructure is a complicated one and in some parts, establishing a backup can be a tough challenge. And to be honest, administrators find themselves in a losing situation here at times.
Let’s take desktops and laptops for example. Typically, these are backed up after hours, however if the desktop is turned off by the user or taken home, it simply can’t be backed up. Despite constant reminders, administrators end up only being able to access and backup about one third of the systems at night.
Creativity and desperation then come into play with administrators looking to backup desktops when a little less work is happening or during off peak workday hours, such as lunch time or Friday afternoons. Still users, who have ultimate control here, don’t want to be slowed down and end up refusing, turning off or delaying these attempts—which in the end is a big gamble for everyone when it comes to critical data. In the end, some user data is never backed up. Ever.
In an effort to move data off desktops to a more centralized place, many administrators encourage their users to use shared drives, but that only works for a partial amount of data. Some data still finds a home on the desktop’s local drive. If it’s important data that doesn’t make it to the shared drive it may never be backed up.
So, what’s the answer to getting really solid “desktop” backups? Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is the answer and something you will be hearing more about in the months ahead. Creating a data protection strategy that is tied to a VDI strategy will allow you to backup data that you couldn’t on physical desktops. By having users work on thin/zero clients with virtualized desktops, you can get desktop backups and ensure the data is captured. Additional benefits are significant including greatly improved security and a reduction in the total cost of desktop ownership of up to 50 percent.
There are good solutions out there that make this process easy, such as the NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup, or NSB. Using this solution will have a very low impact backup, as it allows for backup of heterogeneous storage-based servers. The great part about this solution is that it allows for administrators to restore whole servers within minutes with just a couple clicks, not hours or days, and they can do it all with the ability to restore any backup as a virtual machine. The NSB’s integration with VMware for instant, automated P2V and V2V recovery is a lifesaver that reduces a lot of headache for administrators.
With more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry, Jean-Paul Bergeaux joined the SwishData team to help streamline its alliance relationships and define a clear technical path and solution set for the organization. His career has been marked by success, as a pre-sales Sales Executive, in federal data storage with ADIC (now Quantum (News - Alert)), NetApp and, most recently, Commvault. In his Chief
Technology Officer role with SwishData, Jean-Paul focuses on identifying customers’ challenges and architecting solutions to solve their complex problems.
To find out more about Jeff Kaplan and Breakthrough Technology Group, visit the company at ITEXPO. To be held Oct. 2-5 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, ITEXPO (News - Alert) offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. Kaplan is speaking during “Cloud Desktops: Leveraging the Full Potential of the Cloud.” For more information on ITEXPO, click here.
Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli