Decision Tree for Evaluating How To Match Your Backup to Your Business

Let’s face it, knowing when and where to use different backup and recovery products can be confusing and challenging. Sometimes one product won’t meet all of your needs and sometimes you learn the hard way that a completely different product would have been a better fit for your business. To help our customers get an idea of which product could work best given their environment, we developed a series of questions – a “decision tree.”. It’s not the end all be all, but it gives you information that can help you evaluate your choices. And we like choices. We like to be sure your backup is tailored to your business needs because that just makes sense. Who wants something that doesn’t fit right?

Begin at “Start Here” and answer the questions in the light grey boxes as they relate to your business needs.  Do you have Virtualization in your environment?  No or Yes. If your answer is “no,” then you head down to the black box and see that you might want to evaluate AppAssure and NetVault Backup.  If your answer is “yes” then answer the next question: Do you want to protect Oracle Virtual Box, RedHat KVM or Citrix Xen?  And so on. You just make your way through the questions that best represent your environment and find the best possible options.

For example, let’s say you have a considerable amount of virtualization in your environment – buts some physical servers – as well as some database applications that need to be backed up. However, you are also a full Microsoft shop and your Exchange and SharePoint are mission critical and have some stringent RPO/RTO objectives. If we walk through the process, we end up with a combination of AppAssure (critical data with aggressive RPO/RTO) and NetVault (database and foundational backup).

Or, maybe a scenario like this use case below would work.  A scenario where capabilities of a couple of products complement one another. Not just one product shoehorned in to do everything.

Very few environments and individual organizations are the same, so taking the time to go through these steps is critical. Even if you are just adding new functionality to keep up with growth, this process needs to be your first step.