Back-ups can be slow and can be scheduled. When it comes to back-ups, ask yourself what you want to do:
Use traditional back-up software?
Leverage VCB and a proxy server to back-up your virtual hosts to tape?
Implement an ‘in the cloud’ backup solution?
Use a disc-to-disc approach for backup (cool method)?
Then you should also ask the following questions:
1) What is the method for corruption protection? This is key to the design and architecture of your system.
2) What is the present cost to back-up? Costs include Iron Mountain, tapes, and maintenance fees.
3) What is the cost to lose back-ups now? Costs include communications with members, and fines.
4) Do you want to plan for archiving now? Do you want to use a SAN approach of integrate with cheaper back-up discs when archiving? What about your core system?
5) Can you integrate all aspects of the company? This includes Microsoft, Imaging, and Unix. Can you integrate your core system into the back-up solution? What about the imaging system? What about your Microsoft environment? In summary, can we embrace a comprehensive solution with the back-up system?
6) Can you truly “go tapeless”? What about the O/S tape from the core system?
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