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Eliminate a Growing Data Problem with Symantec Backup Appliances

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on August 5, 2013 by Jeremy Bandley

There’s no denying that bad things happen to good data. Laptops get lost, hard disks fail, files get corrupted.

However, a side effect of today’s rigorous backup protocols is the ever-increasing volume of data that must be stored, managed and funded. Throw in the issue of data duplication and you have a bad situation that gets exponentially worse every time you back up – which could be several times a day. Duplicated data blows up storage budgets, creates an unnecessarily complex IT environment, causes long backup times and frustration when systems don’t run efficiently, and for many IT Managers is simply an unacceptable headache in a modern organization.

Data duplication occurs every time data is backed up unless steps are taken to prevent it, because not only is all the new data stored, but so too is all the other data that was stored previously. For example, every computer is ‘imaged’ before it’s provided to a user and that image constitutes about 22 gigabytes of data before the user even lifts a finger. As the user saves files, pictures and other documents, nightly backups will copy everything — repeatedly. Multiply that by the number of users, and number of images and you get terabytes of replicated data! No wonder it feels like you’re backing up an entire haystack, when all you want to do is backup the needle!

Why deduplication right at the backup server is a good option vs. investing in a deduplication appliance
Deduplication saves space on a hard drive by keeping only one copy of any identical files. For example, a large group of employees might receive an email with an attachment which they then all save to a network drive on a server—each to different folder locations. Deduplication recognizes that these are identical files, stores only one, and links all instances to that one file.

Why include deduplication on the backup server? You may think it makes sense only for a file server. However, backing up data every day before deduplication means moving a lot of data. This taxes your infrastructure, hogs bandwidth and drives up costs. When you deduplicate data at the file server, you transfer only the new blocks when data is moved. For example, Symantec made this clever ‘clown car’ analogy video.

Deduplication after backing up is like piling people into a car before you decide who gets to ride along vs. deduplicating the riders you don’t need before deciding who gets to depart.

Fortunately, there are solutions from Symantec tailored to your organization that help alleviate hefty backup storage volumes – a storage appliance that enables data deduplication. Data deduplication intelligently removes all duplicate — or redundant — data right at the source, before it’s sent to storage. This saves you valuable time, and the heavy strain on your storage infrastructure and budget.

Symantec’s Backup Exec 3600 Appliances — provide Symantec Backup Exec 2012 software, optimized hardware, and licensing all integrated in a single appliance. Integrated data deduplication (even at the client level) enables this appliance to backup both physical and virtual environments and recover data in seconds, while reducing storage costs and improving overall backup performance.

These products are right for you if:

  • You want one vendor who designs, certifies and supports your backup solution
  • You need to complete rigorous backup, recovery and archiving
  • Your infrastructure demands storage capacity that scales to protect large amounts of data
  • You need a SAS port for tape out to meet off-site data archiving (note: the disk storage capacity is not expandable for Backup Exec 3600 at this time)
  • You want a solution that is VMware-compatible
  • You want a single license with the ability to use full disk capacity for protecting an unlimited number of source systems
  • You need support for source and target deduplication at no additional cost

For your desktop and laptop users, these Symantec appliances empower them to effortlessly back up only the fresh data that needs to be saved and to easily recover anything that gets “lost”. This frees IT from this time-sapping recovery task and enables them to focus on other priorities.

If you think you may need to overhaul your current storage environment, Download our storage assessment overview to get started on the right track.

Have you experienced a data backup disaster or know someone who has? Tell us about it in the comments below! And remember, you don’t have to do it alone. Softchoice has dedicated storage experts who can help you optimize your IT environment and keep your data safe.

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