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Monday, 26 August 2013

3 minutes with .... Anonymous

A friend/trusted expert in backup/recovery/consultancy has taken time to give 3 minutes. Having worked at the cutting edge for well-known companies, here are the thoughts. Thanks anonymous ;)


What are the limitations/problems in backup & recovery at the moment?

I would say the limitations/problems still revolve around balancing cost with RPO’s/RTO’s and the desire to shift less data blocks for both backup and restore processes. Deduplication, snapshots and CDP help to some degree, however obtaining support qualification in these areas for backup products may be more complex than one would like.

If you're a vendor, how does your company plan to deal with the problem?

Not working at the moment

If you're a customer, how are you hoping the vendor will deal with the problem?

Customers want backup and storage vendors to work together on standards and integration points.

What are the best things in backup/recovery at the moment?

Integrated Backup and Snapshot technology, these technologies are bringing the backup and storage engineers closer together; making backup more efficient.

What was your journey into backup & recovery?

My first computing job was an Operator, so I’ve always been involved in backup/restores in some form.  It should be noted in the early 90’s backup/restore was not as sexy as it is now.  We’ve come a long way.

Where do you see backup/recovery going in the next 10 years?

Interesting question…  I don’t think we’ll be able to continue down the path of relying on deduplication, or the increase of processor, network, and storage speeds as data grows.  I suspect we will find new technologies and algorithms that will allow us just to store metadata (hash values) as the backup process, and for the restore process use this metadata to recreate the data on the fly (new) either on target client or via some sort of data-mover for restore.   The alternative is that we will see snapshots with periodic replication being considered the standard backup process.

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