As companies increasing use public and private clouds, and as the data deluge continues to grow, IT administrators face a rapidly escalating backup, archive and recovery challenge. Various types of cloud deployments (i.e. public, private and hybrid) and applications have changed the rules of some traditional backup strategies, such as backup to tape or backup to disk and then to an offsite location and archive environment.
Today, backups can be taken from endpoint devices all the way to the data center and beyond to wherever the backup and archive infrastructure may exist (i.e., public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment that stages data backup between environments.) Several companies, including Datacastle, Acronis, and Sepaton, have released products that aim to help IT address today’s data protection challenges.