Loss of information still represents a latent threat for organizations, despite the technical advances that have occurred over time in the areas of data security, protection, redundancy, recovery – and the notable improvements in performance and operation in hardware and storage.
Data loss happens through various causes, intentional or accidental and in most cases occurs in an unforeseen way. This in turn can jeopardize a company’s operations to various levels of severity. In serious cases, the company itself may well be in danger of failing.
It is therefore vital to have mechanisms and solutions that allow us to recover from situations of this type, which not only recover the information, but do so in a timely and effective manner that guarantees the operation and business continuity of an organization.
These solutions not only involves the use of equipment and resources, but also the execution and/or application of standards, procedures and industry standard recommendations that must be met – not only by the administrators and implementers of the backup policies, but by all users in order to guarantee the integrity of the information.
The use and appearance of new technologies and approaches have allowed some backup and recovery solutions to evolve, becoming more agile, modular, lower cost and more efficient. These solutions are able to:
One of the fundamental characteristics of a backup solution for a typical enterprise is that it is able to encompass a full range of different data sources, file types, storage devices, applications and different backup modes – all integrated into a single platform, easily administrable and configurable.
One of these solutions is Commvault, originally called Commvault Simpana, which is a business backup software that allows the user to carry out and manage the policy and backups of clients in an automated way to different local or remote devices, managed easily from a centralized console.
Among the features provided by Commvault are:
Data backup solutions have gone from simply being programs that copy data and information to and from the devices that contain the backed-up information of the computers and devices, to comprehensive applications that not only offer the integrity of the backup but also allow provide tools that significantly heighten the likely operative continuity of the business, using methodologies and paradigms that facilitate its use at many different levels, as well as greater flexibility to adapt to new requirements.
Backup solutions have also evolved due to other factors such as: the emergence of open source, the decrease in storage costs, continuous improvements to storage hardware and communication devices and network, the need for greater security, virtualization etc., and the need for more easy integration into business environments.
Among the benefits that these improved solutions are likely to offer are:
According to the above, although Commvault and its competitors share many common characteristics such as business backup software, there are some differences with competitors that distinguish them from Commvault, and have allowed its use to keep growing. Among these are:
Taking into account the above and the fact that the operating scenarios will continue to grow and diversify, it is likely that new technologies, models and paradigms will continue to emerge. Alternative backup solutions to Commvault will continue to be created and grow. These technologies are stimulated by the following changes in the IT industry:
Bacula Enterprise Edition and Commvault share many common features in their approach to enterprise backup software. Their architectures are somewhat similar, however Bacula allows companies to implement a solution that makes optimal use of the platform’s resources, maximizing on existing technology with low operating costs. Bacula is especially adaptable to the requirements of processes and users in an agile and flexible way. With its centralized administration and control console, coupled with easy to use interfaces, it offers an exciting alternative.