6 limitations of traditional server backup
Today small, medium and large organizations face an explosive growth of data that must be protected and backed up. This challenge is made more difficult by the movement from on-prem servers to IaaS and cloud environments, and by the need to manage multiple backup servers centrally and efficiently with constrained IT resources. Valuable data resides on servers inside and outside the data center, so it must be backed up from multiple sources. The limitations of traditional stand-alone server backup architecture add to the complexity of day-to-day management.
As a result of these limitations, IT or backup administrators are faced with:
- Time-consuming administration of multiple stand-alone backup servers.
- Consistent backup failures.
- Inability to proactively monitor all active jobs on multiple backup servers.
- Inefficient usage of storage resources.
- Lack of central reporting of the entire environment.
- Insufficient system information and lack of timely alerts.
Remote offices and distributed networks offer a different set of challenges to those companies unable or unwilling to consolidate their data protection and storage management in a central location.
The development and setup of backup jobs is extremely time-consuming when many backup servers are deployed. This effort is magnified when backup servers are remotely distributed. Proactive monitoring of server activities and the ability to report on backup, restore and storage management activities are key to effectively manage a highly distributed network.