Modern Backup & Recovery: It's All About the Application

Welcome to week two of Data Recovery Month here at Quest Software. As I explained last week, we’re dedicating this entire month to helping customers better understand and address the myriad challenges of modern data recovery. And right off the bat, one thing is clear: Modern data recovery isn’t really about the data at all. Instead, it’s about Business Applications.

As you may have seen, Quest last week released the results of a survey conducted in the second quarter by our colleagues over at TechValidate. The results, across the board, were intriguing, but two in particular stood out for me. First, according to the survey, 73 percent of organizations now rank restoring critical applications ranked alongside recovering lost data as their top data protection concern. So in other words, the ability to recover data independent of the underlying application is no longer their top concern. Nor is the backup window the top concern. It’s now all about recovering the application, and rightly so.

At the same time, however, 78 percent of survey respondents indicated that applications play no role whatsoever in the formation of their organization’s recovery objectives. So on one hand, you have administrators saying that restoring critical applications is now their top data protection concern, and yet, for overwhelming majority of those same admins, applications aren’t factoring into their recovery objectives. So what gives? Why the disparity?

We think the answer is pretty simple, actually. The fact is most of today’s leading data protection solutions take a server-centric approach to backup and recovery. Assets are backed up based on the infrastructure, with little focus on the recoverability of those critical applications. So even though admins are acknowledging that they need to be more cognizant of the recoverability of their apps, most of today’s data protection solutions aren’t empowering them to do so.

At Quest, we’re building NetVault Extended Architecture specifically to fill this gap; to finally give IT the ability to take a holistic approach and implement an application-centric backup and recovery program. With NetVault XA, admins will have the ability to group assets into an application group, and will then have the ability to directly manage the backup, SLA, replications SLA, and the recovery SLA for that application. This is novel and something that we believe will change how application recovery is managed.

For Quest, NetVault XA isn’t just a product. It’s the bringing to life of a philosophy about how data protection should be implemented in the modern world. And application recovery is at the core of that philosophy. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to chat with Thor Olavsrud over at CIO Magazine. We talked about a variety of subjects, from Quest’s recent survey findings to the growing gap between SLAs and SLEs. But the conversation kept coming back to the need to build a data protection plan that ensures application recovery. Thor wrote a really insightful article on the subject. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend doing so.

So what’s next for Data Recovery Month? In a word, lots. Each day this week on Twitter, we’ll be revealing a Recovery Fact of the Day, highlighting compelling findings from our recent data recovery survey. There are some really interesting nuggets, so be sure to check in daily to see what we uncovered. As the month progresses, we’ll have lots more, including a much deeper dive into the challenges of application recovery.

In meantime, feel free to join the conversation yourself using the hashtag #QuestDRM.