Reduce backup sizes

Reduce backup sizes

Automate the move to secondary storage

Data grows so fast in a typical organization that reducing backup sizes may appear to be an impossible dream. In most companies data is almost certainly growing faster than the budget allocated to manage it, and it’s becoming more complex all the time.

 

Unstructured data continues to grow

Collections of disparate kinds of unstructured data takes up more and more storage space in a typical organization—60%, according to some studies. The situation’s not hopeless, though. Most of this data is never accessed, so storage capacity can be reclaimed by migrating this non-critical data to secondary storage. Of course, the problem is determining which portion of the data is being used and how important it is.

The first step in reducing backup size: analyzing data

Rocket Arkivio analyzes data and determines when and if it’s being accessed. Data is also classified by business value. Unstructured data can be more expensive to store, so it’s important to only back up data that should be backed up. There’s no reason to keep data that isn’t vital to the business in expensive storage, and Arkivio makes it easy to move such data to secondary storage. Nightly backups can run only against the most valuable data when less critical data has been moved. This makes it possible to limit the servers and disks necessary for a backup as well as reducing backup size.

Automate migration processes

The data environment can be further streamlined by setting up automatic procedures. Policies can be created to automatically migrate, copy, delete, or move data. Data that is past its retention date can be automatically deleted, for instance. Temporary files and log files can also be eliminated.   

Recovery procedures benefit, too

Reducing backup size also makes the recovery footprint smaller. Like the backup, the recovery will probably run faster while using fewer resources. Organizations today are often finding it difficult to meet service level agreements (SLAs) and backup/recovery windows; reducing backup size can provide a viable solution here.    

Reducing backup size is just one of the ways Rocket Arkivio makes a data environment more efficient. It includes sophisticated data migration tools that simplify the complex processes of migrating unstructured data. Arkivio migrates data in a non-disruptive manner. Files can always be accessed even during migration.

Arkivio works across multiple systems to manage data throughout its entire lifecycle. It can copy, delete, move, and migrate data automatically based on intelligent analysis and user-defined policies. It permits simulations in order to better understands the effects of actions before committing to them. It monitors storage and issues alerts. It does all this without server agents. Arkivio maximizes data value and permits the discovery of new revenue opportunities while economizing by streamlining procedures and storage usage.