- Not Your Momma’s NAS
By David Garcia, Senior Product Marketing Manager, EMC Backup Recovery Systems Division
Traditions are wonderful things. Opening a few gifts the night before Christmas, sitting in the first five rows at Shamu stadium, and wearing green on St. Patrick’s day are just a few favorites. For many companies, the use of network attached storage (NAS) systems has become a tradition too, and for good reasons. NAS solutions are often easier to manage, provide faster access to data, and are easy to setup. And for many Backup Administrators, backup and recovery methods are based on tried and true traditions, including the good ‘ol weekly full (level-0) and daily incremental (level-1) dumps.
NAS solutions continue to evolve and many now scale to hundreds or thousands of TB’s with blazing performance that can challenge even cutting edge networks. Now companies can retain more stuff for longer periods of time in a smaller footprint. A quick peek at the EMC VNX Family of unified storage reveals a range of solutions that support just about any environment. So what does this mean for backup and recovery? Surely those “traditional” NAS backup solutions were designed to keep pace with future technology. Right. And keep that lucky rabbit foot on your keychain just in case.
Traditional NAS backup and recovery methods worked just fine a decade ago. But as technology evolves, Administrators are often forced to limit the size of volumes or number of files on their NAS systems in order to meet the backup window. Without the proper balance, weekly full backups often consume the entire weekend and extend into business hours, hurting application and user productivity. It’s like driving a formula one race car at 55 miles per hour.
Fortunately, a proven NAS backup and recovery solution is available. And it provides fast, daily full backups and one-step recovery for the entire enterprise. By removing the backup bottleneck, Administrators are free to optimize their NAS volumes and number of files to meet performance, availability, or other objectives. Learn more about EMC Avamar for NAS backup, recovery, and disaster recovery. And call it the new tradition.