Sometimes the only way to get out of your secondary storage squeeze is to augment your existing environment. That means deploying different backup, storage and recovery technologies in your business that meet specific needs.
Augmenting your existing environment is a less expensive way to keep everything intact and make it run better. The result is tiered recovery that meets different needs with different products.
Who owns recovery?
With augmentation comes the discussion about who owns recovery.
For example, consider the application administrator. His perspective may sound like this: "I own my entire environment from soup to nuts. My SLAs are typically shorter than what corporate IT can offer, so I’ll take control of recovery and augment our IT environment by using a product like AppAssure or Lightspeed. That will let me restore a single application far faster than corporate IT can."
Will the application administrator upset everybody by insisting on that? Can he or she manage the conversation among the back-end administrator, the storage team and the IT director, and say, "I'll take responsibility for my application and keeping it up, if you'll help me get a couple of tools that'll do it.” Companies wrestle with this all the time.
Starting the conversation about secondary storage invariably leads to the question, “Who owns secondary storage?” Is it everybody who has to deal with backup? Or does secondary storage belong to the storage administrator?
Therefore, the storage administrator is the gatekeeper to secondary storage, when it might be used for data retention or backup purposes.