10 Imperative Features of Top Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions

 

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When the inevitable hits, how will your business fare? Be it human error, technical failure, or natural disaster, backup and disaster recovery solutions are an absolute necessity in 2016. Putting time and effort into finding, implementing and maintaining a good backup and recovery solution should be top priority.

As you search for the perfect product to suit your business, you’ll find that there are several features that separate the mediocre solutions from the superlative. This is a list of features that must be included in a backup and disaster recovery solution and help meet the requirements of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Take this list with you as you head to market.

1. Flexible Data Capture – A product should provide with continuous or periodic data journaling to protect information at a per-write level of granularity. Periodic snapshots to give numerous bootable recovery images based on a pre-set schedule, and advanced scheduling, retention, disposal and reclamation optimize snapshot capacity management.

2. Storage and Network Resource Efficiency – Deduplication and data compression technologies minimize the amount of data that is sent over the network and ensure that it is efficiently stored, making it easier and more cost-effective for you to protect all the data in your environment.

3. Backup Plans – A great backup and disaster recovery product will include easy-to-administer policies that specify how to make backup copies of your data. Each plan will contain instructions for copying data, replicating data, making secondary and tertiary copies of data (typically offsite), setting up and maintaining Virtual Standby machines and notifying administrators that a backup job succeed or failed.

4. Encryption that Secures Data In-flight and At-rest – Data encryption modules  should be FIPS 140-2 certified by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Data is encrypted at the source before it leaves the company LAN, so you can be sure that all your data is secure as it travels over public networks and while it is stored in backup repositories.

5. Business Applications Protection – Disk image technology enables consistent backup of running applications. This allows you to backup Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint and active directory data as you work. Granular applications data may be restored without taking the systems offline, protecting your business from expensive downtime.

6. Unlimited Scalability, Monitoring and Control – By alleviating the burden of designing and managing complex business processes, your product should provide a single point of control for defining, executing and monitoring data transfer and distribution tasks throughout an organization.

7. Off-Site Storage – Many solutions store your data in a SSAE 16 certified data warehouse. This warehouse uses secure technologies and procedures to makes sure that all data is safe and secure if disaster strikes at your location.

 8. Supports Multiple Platforms– Backup and disaster recovery solutions should support Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.

9. Supports Multiple Types of Data– Make sure our product supports different kinds of data including Unstructured Data, MS SQL, MS Exchange, HyperV, VMware, System State, NetApp and Server Images.

10. Bare Metal Recovery – Every BU&DR product should include bare metal recovery. This restores a Windows or Linux computer’s system. complete operating environment, including files, settings and operating system, to a different hard disk, to a similar but different computer or to even a dissimilar computer.