It’s the nightmare of every business to discover that the system has crashed. If you aren’t thoughtful about how you backup your system, your information could be lost forever. That just isn’t an option if you want to continue to be productive and successful.
Because backing up a system is so vital to the success of every business, there aren’t many companies out there that aren’t protected. So, let’s say that something does happen and you sit down to your computer only to discover that your system has crashed. Your next step is to restore your system, but how long is that going to take?
Are you prepared to sit for hours? Days? Does a system restore require weeks of waiting? Hopefully not! The longer your system is down, the less work you can get done, which will ultimately affect your bottom line. Speed is key.
What is the fastest way to restore your system? The secret is deduplication.
What is deduplication?
No, you aren’t reading that incorrectly. It really is deduplication! It may sound like a made-up word, but it can mean the difference between waiting days or mere hours or minutes for your system to be reinstated.
Deduplication involves backing up only the information that is new. It completely ignores information that hasn’t been altered. This solves a big problem.
Consider the amount of new data that your business creates each year. According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), businesses increase their storage by as much as 60 percent. Now imagine adding that to the data from previous years and backing it all up all the time. That makes for one pokey system!
How does deduplication work?
It sounds almost too good to be true, and most things that are too good to be true are. So, how exactly does the deduplication process work?
Well, a couple of different technologies work together to make the entire process happen. In short, the system keeps a journal detailing exactly what has been included in the backup in the past. This allows the system to see what’s old and what’s new. Backups are even faster if the files are located on the original server or disk. The system only restores the altered blocks, and because they’re already compressed, you’re further able to speed up the recovery process.
Benefits of deduplication
You’re probably already sold on the idea of deduplication, but in case you’re not:
- With shorter backup windows, you can conduct backups more frequently.
- By reducing the data that needs to be backed up, you put less stress on your backup infrastructure.
- You’ll spend less on disk, network, bandwidth, and administrative time.
- Your system is faster and more reliable because it isn’t operating at its limit.
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