PHOTO - Symantec director, Information Management Group, Danny Milrad.
The increasing cost of storage, caused by the recent Thailand floods, has added to the backup and disaster recovery challenges to organisations of all sizes, according to security and storage solutions provider Symantec Malaysia, which has called for a review of backup practices that could realise cost savings by as much as 80 percent.
Speaking on 29 February 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Symantec directo, information management group, Danny Milrad, said the backup and recovery process practised by most organisations has become unnecessarily complex and expensive, while organisations' data store continue to grow dramatically.
"The volume of information has been increasing exponentially in recent years but the IT budgets of many organisations do not reflect this growth," said Milrad. "In fact, many IT teams have had to increase capacity with leaner budgets."
"[In addition] with growing demands of a 24x7 business model and tighter SLAs [service level agreements], users now need quicker access to their data and applications in order to meet tighter SLAs. Under such pressure, organisations are struggling to protect more information with fewer resources," he said, adding that the company is launching a new plan to modernise data protection for organisations of all sizes.
"Organisations - from the most complex enterprise data centres requiring a true tiered-recovery strategy to the smallest business that needs the confidence that they can easily recover their data - will benefit from these new set of solutions and drive out 80 percent of the operating costs associated with backup over the next five years."
Milrad said that a recent Symantec survey of more than 1,400 IT professionals worldwide, which included Malaysia-based respondents, showed that traditional approaches to backup are broken. "Fifty-nine (59) percent of Malaysian SMBs (small and medium businesses) do not have a disaster recovery plan, and 49 percent of customers cannot meet SLAs due to too much data. Interestingly, 72 percent would switch backup product if there was a doubling of speed."
Architect your backup for recovery
Milrad said the company's three keys to fixing backup were to control data growth, to unify platforms, and simplify the backup process. "Key components to Symantec's unique approach to data protection are the NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012, which will help the company's more than two million backup customers."
"Our strategy, which includes architecting your backup for recovery, is to change the operating model of backup by delivering an integrated platform to replace multiple solutions typically used in backup, usually about seven  products in many organisations," he said. "In addition, to break the 'backup window', often hampered by bandwidth and size of data, by achieving 100 times faster backup [with NetBackup 7.5], which means organisations can complete full backups at the speed of incremental backups."
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