Backup is meant to be boring
July 9, 2012
In a data structure, the only time something is really exciting is when it goes wrong. There's no need to really consider how a cloud works or why tape data is better than disk on a daily basis, as IT personnel only really care about these processes when one of them fails to work properly. By the time that event occurs, it's important that other solutions are in place to save company data.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, virtualization is the current trend in converting data from one format to another, but even server arrays with high storage density can't handle all the overhead on their own. John Sloan of Info-Tech Research told the Chronicle that deduplication and backup tape should be the backbone of a storage solution, and everything after that can rest on top of the archival base. He pointed out that, if data backup ever does get intensely interesting to IT, it will only be when cloud files evaporate or disk storage melts down.
"We found that deduplication and the cloud are key elements in saving money, with deduplication being essential to the future advances in backup," Sloan said in the Chronicle interview.
ThomasNet's report on data infrastructures agreed with Sloan's point of view. Since a deployment should serve a company, it shouldn't be the most eye-catching aspect. The whole idea here is to facilitate safe, secure storage that works without any hiccups or outages. Comprehensive tools can make everyone's job easier, certainly, but even disk-free and deduplicated innovations are taken for granted with backup tape management since these solutions are only meant to promote performance. It's up to IT and organizations to implement them successfully.