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Enterprise Backup and Recovery

One of the main issues with on site systems or systems that run in hosted environments is that it is very difficult and takes a quite some time to back up. There are a lot of businesses today that struggle with this problem. This paper hopes to provide best practices for backup and recovery options using AWS.

This paper was designed specifically for those who monitor and manage backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and storage processes for businesses.

For most businesses today, onsite backup and recovery solutions are quite expensive in terms of resources, which mean the ROI would be reduced to its minimum. However, many businesses today are turning to the cloud for proper backup and recovery solutions instead of going through the arduous process of building and maintaining complex onsite servers.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a broad range of highly secure, scalable, and cost effective storage options for backup and recovery. You can use AWS services to augment your existing on-premises backup and recovery environment, or you can use AWS services to build solutions that are based solely in the cloud. In this whitepaper, we discuss both options and help you choose the AWS services that are right for your business.

Traditional Backup and Recovery Methods

First, let’s look at typical scenarios that we encounter frequently when we work with customers who want to simplify their backup and recovery environment and leverage best practices for cloud-based solutions. The most common scenarios range from traditional backup technologies that use magnetic tape-based systems to solutions that are completely disk-based and either implements virtual tape on disk or are based on data snapshots written to disk.

Tape Systems

In a typical tape-based backup architecture, data is persisted on either network attached storage or local disk storage. On a set schedule, the data is sent to a backup server that collects and writes the data to magnetic tape, which is stored in large, on-site tape libraries that are manually managed by tape operators or automatically managed by some form of robotics. Many organizations also replicate their mission-critical application data over WAN to smaller tape libraries offsite.

Disk-Based Backups

In the backup-to-disk (B2D) approach, data is stored in the form of snapshots of the primary storage device or is first written in tape format to disks and later moved to tape for long-term storage. The benefits of using a disk-based backup solution over magnetic tape are speed, reliability, and flexibility.

Virtual Tape Library (VTL)

A virtual tape library (VTL) essentially is a disk-based file storage that emulates a traditional tape medium. Virtual tape library technology is by far the most frequently deployed backup technology for on-premises environments today. With VTLs, businesses can backup data from local or remote sites to a back-up server where the data is persisted on disk and managed as virtual tape cartridges. Frequently, VTL solutions allow for optimization and size reduction of the backup data. Once data is sent to the VTL appliance across the network or in some cases even prior to moving the data, the data to be stored is run through deduplication and compression techniques. These techniques can greatly reduce the disk space that is needed to store the backup or reduce the backup data size if it is transported across a WAN to a data center hub.

This is just a glimpse of what the paper discusses. It would be very beneficial for a company such as you to be educated with this wonderful service by AWS and that is where Myrtec comes in. Myrtec is a specialist provider of Managed IT and Cloud Services set on changing the nature of IT service delivery in Australia. We will be able to discuss with you the full content of this paper and can help you formulate a great strategy on implementing this service to your business. Contact us for more information or for any questions regarding this paper.