2014-12-09T10:17:00Z

When evaluating backup and recovery software, what aspect do you think is the most important to look for?

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@Thang Le Toan (Victory Lee) look at progressive incremental forever techniques. Philosophy: Why backing up data again if the data has not been changed?
The fastest way to backup data is to not back it up (again).
Excluding content is also something to check
Progressive incremental forever also helps with restoration, as only one backup is needed to restore the data (no need to restore a full backup and all its incremental backups).
IBM Spectrum Protect has these features, SPIR instant recovery for Spectrum Protect.

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@Raul Garcia If RTO also correctly includes the time between when the incident happened and when everything is recovered. Some miss the time between "when it really happened", and instead start counting from when someone executes the restoration.
Also a lot of people and vendor stop meassuring recovery time when the data is back, and misses the part of the humans that needs to figure out which part is missing, so that these data can be re-entered into the system.
The remaining part can be very time consuming....
So, RPO, is also very important. Sometimes it can be better to restore to an older state than a newer state because we are humans.
A human might have hard to remember what has been done the last hour, but might have more easy to remember what's been done until lunch break.

A system that can integrate with databases, securing the transactional data immediately helps protecting your data faster, with less data loss, and improved RPO.
Such as SPFS way to store data immediately on a Spectrum Protect server

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@PaulLemmons Yes, backing up data smart does not mean that one can restore it smart. Eg a VM image backup includes more data than needed, and it might be problematic to find and restore an individual object (file).
mixing different architectures is also something to consider. We are using Mainframe, hypervisors (KVM/VMware/Xen), Windows, Linux and commercial Unix, BSD, iSeries, and Digitals VMS
some has requirements for vaulting offline media such as tape
And it can be good that the software can handle these too.
For this we selected IBM Spectrum Protect,
to improvve RPO, SPFS can be used to backup transaction logs immediately using Spectrum Protect

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