Reduced Backup Window and Storage Footprint

By Bobby Crouch  |  Posted 2010-01-19 Print this article Print

Reduced backup window and storage footprint

CDP technology enables organizations to replace daily tape backup with periodic disk replication over IP or Fibre Channel. This reduces tape backup requirements from daily to weekly-or even longer. In doing so, CDP technology can eliminate hundreds of daily tape backups per year.

Because tape backups can be scheduled at any time, organizations are no longer restricted by limited backup windows. In addition, companies can reduce or eliminate the usage of large physical tape libraries in the data center, which reduces storage overhead and frees up physical space.

For instance, a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer used tape to protect sensitive data stored in its ERP system. Although it assumed the tapes would be durable, the IT staff found itself dealing with numerous hardware and media failures, which impacted backup jobs and cost a great deal of time and money. To make matters worse, it was difficult to validate the integrity of the backup data, and data was growing to the point where the IT team could not complete backups within its limited timeframe.

Since installing a CDP solution, including a virtual appliance that integrates with the company's VMware ESX Server environment, the firm now only uses tape for weekly, monthly and yearly backups. This has enabled the company to save money on tape and associated management costs, and has reduced its RPO from one day to one hour.

Bobby Crouch is the Product Marketing Manager at FalconStor Software. He is a 20-year technology industry veteran, with roles ranging from development engineering to sales and marketing. Bobby's expertise extends from microprocessor architecture, servers, networking, enterprise software and storage. He can be reached at

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