CDP for Business Continuity

By CIOReview | Friday, September 30, 2016
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As data grows exponentially, enterprises need to implement backup and recovery solutions to prevent data loss. Although organizations have conventional Service Level Agreements that influence deployment of data protection solutions, yet they experience difficulty in meeting compliance standards, retrieving crucial applications, and backing up windows. IT firms often struggle to back up data and keep up with the business requirements, that’s when they tend to look for better alternatives. With the aim of enhancing backup efficiency, many IT organizations today are replacing their backup and recovery policy with Continuous Data Protection solutions (CDP).

As CDP takes over the traditional approach of backup and recovery solutions, offering enhanced recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO), it could perfectly fit the bill and assure improved backup efficiency. CDP not only assists in overcoming traditional approaches, but also simplifies data recovery methods.

How Does CDP work?

In simple words, CDP is a storage system that persistently backs up data when minor or major changes are made. In fact, CDP keeps a track of each and every minute detail along with exact time and date of data modification. CDP solutions basically copy data from a source to a destination and store it securely; this helps in rapid recovery of data.

CDP delivers high performance at any given time without effecting server or disk performance. Once CDP completes backing up the data, backup manager constantly monitors the changes data undergoes. Further, when backup is run again, only the modified contents are saved.

The time-based backup solution is categorized into two types, true CDP that records the changes made each moment and near-CDP that keeps track of information changed at regular intervals. CDP also has the ability to duplicate the information on-site and from multiple locations to facilitate rapid data recovery.

CDP recovers the information quickly using disk based protection and simple web interface, this method of easy recovery has alleviated the burden of IT admins. The technique used for data recovery and protection by CDP is as simple as downloading any file from internet. CDP is a user friendly technology without having to pre-install any of the client software offering real-time backup. All it requires is a simple web browser, making the data recovery process simple than ever.

Need for Continuous Data Protection

To determine if CDP is necessary for the organization, consider the following aspects:

While technological advancements like cloud and mobility offer many benefits, it also increases complexities and challenges during data protection. Continuous data protection overcomes the difficulties present in the traditional approach by capturing each block, file, modifications in the table, specifying the data to be protected and storing it in an appropriate backup storage locally or remotely.

Managing Data Centers

Today, in every organization, proper maintenance and monitoring is crucial for data center efficiency. IT admins must keep up with latest technologies associated with data protection. Keeping in mind the technological advancements, an appropriate data protection solution should provide a suitable platform to supervise the systems and manage the data backup effortlessly and efficiently.

IT Cost

CDP solution is cost effective and offers straightforward implementation and management capabilities compared to the traditional data protection approach.  CDP applications are now available for download and can be authorized and implemented quickly.

Security

In many cases, an organization is spread across multiple locations and it often becomes difficult to recover the mission-critical applications quickly through traditional data recovery approaches. In such scenarios, CDP offers fast and secure data recovery for firms located in multiple geographical areas. CDP has the ability to find the application and retrieve it any point of time and it also offers security against software and hardware failures, human error, and files deleted by accident. CDP first rewinds applications or a file back to the last known consistency point and runs it within fraction of minutes. After application is backed up, the CDP solution allows restoration of information and transactions in a single click back to destination.

 Agility

As the significance of data increases, surge in customer expectations also proliferates. End users expect that all the information generated must be available at any given time. In emergency situations, data recovery is supposed to be instantaneous. CDP solutions provide flawless backup and restore at the backend without effecting end-users within a minute.

Benefits of CDP

Here are few major benefits of leveraging CDP solutions.

Better sever performance

Once the backup is run, only the modified contents are recorded instead of capturing entire data each time when back up is executed incrementally. This improves server performance and allows frequent backups.

Saves Disk space

CDP recovers data at any given time and keeps the significant minimum data in storage that is needed for retrieval. It provides minute to minute update of the server and when the backup is performed CDP doesn’t utilize extra disk space, it recycles the data repeatedly.

Prevents data loss

During catastrophe, CDP enables improved recovery point objectives by restoring the information within shorter span of time.

Inference

Looking at all these aspects and benefits, it is definite that the market for CDP products is going to grow remarkably in the near future. It is up to the end-users to decide whether it is apt for their enterprise or not. CDP surely is a unique technology suitable for organizations that have the necessity to store and retrieve large amount of data.