Highly Reliable, Low-Cost Disaster Recovery

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

Highly reliable, low-cost DR

CDP helps reduce capital expenditures (CAPEX) by eliminating the need for array-based software licenses, and helps lower operating expenditures (OPEX) by reducing the frequency of tape backups.

The most effective CDP solutions can replicate data across system, protocol and virtual and physical boundaries. This eliminates vendor lock-in and allows organizations to use existing or more efficient storage.

When a NY-based financial institution needed to protect data on a limited budged and IT staff, it turned to CDP technology. Stringent government regulations required off-site data archiving and retention. As the company began to expand, it became increasingly difficult to store data and ensure its integrity and availability. They used servers with direct-attached storage (DAS) for daily disk-to-disk (D2D) backup, and the data volume was becoming overwhelming. Connectivity bandwidth was no longer adequate, backup windows were shrinking, and the risk of unprotected data was growing.

Implementing CDP technology enabled the company to virtualize existing data sets and create a centralized storage array. This preserved the company's DAS configuration, while improving data security and protection. If necessary, the IT team can now access and recover data from anywhere (without requiring a technician to be on hand), simply by mounting a snapshot. This principle also holds true for testing, scheduled maintenance, and upgrades.

Having continuous protection from a single, centralized point of control has increased operational efficiency. And the cost savings have strengthened the company's bottom line. These savings are a direct result of reduced data volumes, minimized bandwidth requirements, and the ability to leverage existing intellectual property (IP) and storage infrastructures-without requiring complex new technologies or processes.

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 bobby.crouch@falconstor.com.

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