Lady Backup is a contingency planner. Truth be told, I have a bit of an obsession with “what if” scenarios. I keep backups of my data – and then backups of the backups stored on different devices. I keep photocopies of all of my identification documents…. I know bad things are going to happen – it’s just a matter of being prepared for them.
But what you don’t want to do is build a contingency plan for your backup application. This is why the selection of the backup application is a key decision in redesigning your backup. And the question is how do you know who you can trust?
Of course third party analysis plays a role (see Backup Transformation – Picking the Winning Team).
But there are other factors like the history of the application. How long has it been in the market? How many customers rely on the application?
Next there is the product capability. How well does the application support backup redesign? How well does the application integrate with purpose-built backup appliances?
And finally there is the consideration around the vendor offering the application. What is the staying power of the company? How focused is the vendor on backup and recovery?
With the introduction of NetWorker 8.0 today, EMC continues to give you reasons why NetWorker is the logical choice as the backup application in your backup transformation.
NetWorker is not the new kid on the block – in fact it has a history of more than 20 years used by more than 23,000 organizations.
Capability-wise, NetWorker 8.0 is designed for your backup transformation:
-A new architecture lowers server processing and delivers 3x more scalability.
-A “Client Direct” feature enables NetWorker clients to backup directly from the application client to disk, improving performance by up to 50%.
- Tighter Data Domain integration provides faster backups and reduced recovery times, gaining the efficiencies in the backup process from purpose-built backup appliances.
-New multi-tenancy capabilities hold promise for backup delivered as a service either by internal IT organizations and/or by third service providers.
You can find more information on the new NetWorker here.
Finally, NetWorker is part of a dedicated product division in EMC focused on nothing but backup and recovery, backed by the financial strength and international reach of EMC. This is the best of all worlds – a dedicated business unit focused on backup with the financial backing of a company like EMC.
At the end of the day, I hope the answer to who can you trust is an obvious one. LB