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Six benefits of modernizing your backup infrastructure

If an organization’s backup system was designed before data volumes began to grow exponentially – or before IT infrastructures became highly virtualized – the company may find itself in a tight spot. Modernization is the key, and Logicalis US has identified six benefits CIOs can realize by updating their organization’s data storage and backup infrastructure.

"Working with an outdated backup system can create significant challenges in IT service levels,” says Bill Mansfield, solution architect, Logicalis US. “One sign it’s time to modernize your storage and backup/recovery infrastructure is when it’s too difficult to manage - you have to add staff to manage different backup products for physical and virtual servers, or you have to constantly fight fires to keep backups working. Another sign is when it’s just not working anymore. You can’t meet backup windows or recovery objectives because your backup techniques or storage are outdated, or your virtual environment’s performance degrades during routine backup operations. These are warning signs that you are working too hard to maintain an infrastructure that isn’t up to par, and that you could experience a significant loss if a disaster were to occur.”

Six benefits to modernizing your backup infrastructure:

1. Stop wasting time: shorten the time IT and storage managers spend searching for new backup and recovery technologies and suppliers as well as implementing the best solution.

2. Unify backup and disaster recovery: reduce complexity by taking a unified approach to data backup and disaster recovery.

3. Leverage existing investments: lower costs with newer technologies that allow the company to leverage existing investments more efficiently.

4. Increase performance: deploy additional storage options such as flash, SAN or NAS disk tiers, tape, and cloud storage to accelerate responsiveness and performance.

5. Streamline recovery: streamline the organization’s ability to recover applications and data from diverse environments.

6. Manage growth: manage data growth by deploying global deduplication and rapid snapshot-based protection.

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