Implementing High-Performance Backup, Recovery: 10 Best Practices

1 - Implementing High-Performance Backup Recovery: 10 Best Practices
2 - Focus on Performance
3 - Consolidate Backups Onto a Single System
4 - Use Enterprise-Optimized Deduplication
5 - Deduplicate Multiplexed, Multistream Databases
6 - Use Reporting to Plan Accurately for Future Needs
7 - Migrate to the Latest IT Without Disruption
8 - Pay Only as You Grow
9 - Ensure Data at Rest Is Secure
10 - Only Use Replication With Deduplication for Disaster Recovery
11 - Fewer Systems Mean More Uptime
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Implementing High-Performance Backup, Recovery: 10 Best Practices

by Chris Preimesberger

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Focus on Performance

As data volumes grow and backup windows stay fixed (or even shrink), high performance should be your top priority when choosing a backup solution.

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Consolidate Backups Onto a Single System

Using one system that scales to multiple petabytes of capacity in the primary data center can save significant cost by reducing the administrative burden of implementing, upgrading, managing and maintaining systems.

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Use Enterprise-Optimized Deduplication

Choose a deduplication solution that can deduplicate at the byte level without impeding backup performance.

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Deduplicate Multiplexed, Multistream Databases

Make sure you can back up Oracle, SQL and DB2 database data using fast multiplexing/multistreaming without having to shut off deduplication.

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Use Reporting to Plan Accurately for Future Needs

Detailed capacity usage reporting can save time and eliminate surprises by enabling you to plan accurately for future needs.

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Migrate to the Latest IT Without Disruption

Use storage pooling to back up both Fibre Channel/VTL and Gigabit Ethernet/NetBackup OST on the same system. Move backups to a new protocol in phases as you choose.

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Pay Only as You Grow

Buy a system sized for what you need now and add performance and/or capacity to it as you need it over time.

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Ensure Data at Rest Is Secure

Encrypt data at rest with a technology that does not slow performance and allows you to use the KMIP-compliant enterprise key manager of your choice. Also ensure your backup and recovery system has automated auditable electronic data destruction.

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Only Use Replication With Deduplication for Disaster Recovery

It sounds like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how often this isn't a policy. Always use replication that is integrated with deduplication to replicate enterprise data volumes to remote disaster recovery sites with minimal bandwidth.

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Fewer Systems Mean More Uptime

One system means less hardware—fans, disks, switches—to wear out and, therefore, less downtime.

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