Ever have one of those days where you wake up and open your social media dashboard – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, whatever your platform of choice – and it seems like every single person is making you choose between “their side” and “the wrong side”? Eat this, don’t eat that. Vote for this person, not that one. Subscribe to this way of thinking, not that one. Support this cause. If you are not with us, you are with them!
I don’t know about you, but it really aggravates me sometimes. So with Thanksgiving on the horizon I am making it a point to be thankful for choices where I can’t be wrong. Like choosing between an egg nog latte or a pumpkin spice latte.
In my work life, one of those choices is Agent vs. Agentless backup. If you have been in the industry for any amount of time, you can remember a time when agentless backup was a great step forward.
We were told ad nauseam for a good few years that agentless backup was the way to go because, naturally, backup and recovery environments without agents are easier to deploy, manage and operate. And because the supporters of agentless technologies spoke the loudest, we all became kind of dulled to questioning it.
But it’s not that cut and dried. The fact of the matter is the agent-based vs. agentless backup debate is a false dilemma. It all depends on your needs. And that choice is a good thing.
The Choice is Yours
Our white paper, The False Dilemma: Agentless vs. Agent-Based Backup, discusses the advantages for each backup method, and how to examine your own needs and plan for which method might be right for you, given your particular environment. But here is a small spoiler alert – most organizations would benefit from some combination of both.
On a high level, this is because most organizations operate in a combined environment, comprised of both virtual and physical aspects. Again, from a sweeping viewpoint, agentless backup performs very well in virtual environments, while agent-based solutions can still hold considerable benefit in physical and legacy environments.
So if you are in the process of evaluating and planning your backup and recovery environment and are debating using agentless or agent-based solutions, understand that you do not have to choose. But you do have to plan and decide which elements of your environment will benefit most from the strengths of each. Most major vendors offer versions of both, so do not go into an evaluation with an either/or mentality, but one that will get you the best solution for your environment.
And give thanks that it doesn’t have to be an exclusionary choice.