Top 3 Benefits of Image Based Backups
Data is the new currency, and in order to stay competitive businesses must protect it. However, data size and volume are increasing at an unprecedented rate, spawning stricter IT regulations and greater downtime costs for businesses. Outdated backup methods (tape backups) simply can’t keep up with today’s business requirements.
Image-based backup is the most innovative, reliable method of safeguarding your business by protecting the critical data on your servers.
While traditional solutions only capture data, image-based backup captures a picture of the entire workstation or server and stores it as a unique point in time. If you need to rebuild or virtualize a machine due to damage or disaster, you can quickly restore all of the files, applications and operating systems.
Image-based backup offers 3 other benefits that traditional backup methods can’t:
1. Faster recovery of entire systems or individual files. Downtime can cost thousands of dollars every minute. In an outage or disaster, seconds count. The faster you can recover, the faster you can get back to taking care of customers and being productive. Image-based backup allows you to recover individual files or entire workstations or servers in the exact state they were at the moment in time you choose. Whether you need to restore a corrupted file or you need to restore an entire branch office, image-based backup gives you the granularity and total protection you need to avoid the devastating consequences of downtime.
2. Recovery. If a server is damaged or destroyed, you can’t afford to wait for an exact replica to ship from a warehouse on the opposite coast. Image based backup allows you to restore data, applications and operating systems from the backup server to a new or repaired server of any make and model, including bare metal. This option also allows you to repurpose and optimize existing infrastructure, take advantage of the most direct path to recovery and even upgrade hardware to whatever best suits your business now and in the future.
3. If you have branch offices and you’re relying on traditional backup methods, you’re putting the entire organization at risk. Either you’re paying for IT staff to travel in order to perform maintenance and backup, or you’re relying on nontechnical staff to perform tasks outside their capabilities. Untrained staff may struggle to consistently perform reliable backups—and failed backups may even go unnoticed until they’re needed. Even if the backup process goes well, it’s likely that untrained staff won’t know how to restore files or full backups after an outage, while failed or faulty backups make bad situations much worse by compounding costly downtime and data loss.
Remote recovery enables IT administrators to perform file-level or full-server restorations from geographically dispersed backup servers to new or repaired hardware located anywhere you need them to be.
Untrained staff may struggle to consistently perform reliable backups— and failed backups may even go unnoticed until they’re needed. The technical term for this is “bad.”
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