First things first. What is data archiving? Simply put, it’s a process that takes data that’s no longer in use or has lost its relevance and moves it to lesser expensive storage such as magnetic tape or cheap disk storage. Archived data is usually in a compressed format and may also include deduplication. Archived data can then be accessed at a later date if needed but recovery times are typically quite lengthy especially if the archives are on tape and or located offsite. Archiving helps Admins manage server storage and also assists organizations in meeting regulatory compliance.
Now that we have a grasp on “archiving”, let’s take a look at the Quest Rapid Recovery Archiving feature; how it works, and what the benefits are in using it.
But first here’s a brief over view of Rapid Recovery:
That’s really basic but hopefully you get the idea. (If not please let me know and I’ll be more than happy to help explain further)
Here’s how it works:
Remember in my brief over view on how Rapid Recovery creates “base images” and “incrementals” which form a “recovery point chain”? Well when you use the Archiving tool you’re essentially taking the recovery point chain for a particular Agent or groups of Agents and sending it in the form of an archive to a location of your choosing. Whether it be sent locally, to a network location, (removable drives) or the Cloud, (Microsoft Azure, AmazonS3, Rackspace, or OpenStack).
There are two ways you can run a Rapid Recovery Archive:
Most backup solutions today offer some sort archiving feature. Thing is, is that in most cases having to recover data from an archive can be somewhat daunting. First you have to figure out where the archive is, then if (for instance) its offsite (depending on the vendor) you might have it brought to you or have someone at the offsite location load the media so you can search for the data you need. Then you have to download the data. That’s all before you’re able to present it to the user.
What if you could simply mount a recovery point from an archive file just like you would from the actual backup? What if it just took seconds to have your archive ready to explore? Whether it be file level or…yes…bare metal restore of an entire server? Rapid Recovery’s archiving tool allows just that! No more waiting for the archive to be imported to the media server, downloaded, trekked across town…across the country.
Rapid Recovery Backup and Disaster Recovery has changed the game with its Archiving ability. It allows incredible flexibility when it comes to:
Find out more about Quest Rapid Recovery.