Backing up distributed data
Understand your data and establish a deduplication standard
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The modern data center is no longer confined to four walls. Instead, data is highly distributed across remote branch offices, end-user laptops and even on devices like smartphones and tablets. The data protection process and the hardware and software that runs that process needs to handle the challenges of diverse data types (databases, files) and a broad distribution of those data assets (mobile, remote office, data center and DR site).
The first step in solving the distributed backup challenge is to eliminate the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity by implementing a granularly scalable deduplication technology. But this first step should be compatible with the next step; application consolidation. Application consolidation, while a more encompassing task, brings added backup management savings but needs to leverage, not replace, a modular deduplication strategy.