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Want to learn new and creative ways to protect your organization's data? Learn about everything from end-to end data protection to deduplication with our backup and disaster recovery blog section.


4 Tips to Protect Your Critical Data from Disaster

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   October 11, 2017

IT asset management benefitsDoing business in today’s competitive landscape means keeping your infrastructure up and running in top shape. With the data center being such an integral part of business, what would you do if the unthinkable happened and jeopardized your critical data? Preparing for the unpredictable...

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Archive vs. Backup: How Do They Differ?

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   October 6, 2016

Data Center EquipmentBackup and archive are constant topics of conversation in the data storage industry. Due to the importance of backup and archive, the lines between these two concepts are usually blurred. While they both relate to data security they are not the same. This is  usually where the similarities end.

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How to Implement End-to-End Data Protection

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   February 3, 2016

Reliant Technology - End-to-End Data Protection

Storage end-users have more choices than ever for deciding how to protect their application data, so it’s vital for IT organizations to provide multiple options to them. By providing a “continuum” of data protection services to internal and external clients, companies will be more prepared to meet their needs and stay relevant to the business itself.

Data Tiering

As IT organizations evolve, they must ensure that valuable information assets are protected, whether it lives in a private cloud, public cloud, smartphones, or laptops. But...

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Is Your Backup Strategy Future Proof?

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   January 20, 2016

Reliant Technology - Backup Strategy Options

Increasingly long backup windows are an issue for most IT departments, and engineers have resorted to a number of different tactics and storage architectures to solve it. In recent years, one of the more popular methods has been disk-based backup that leverages deduplication. While disk-based deduplication can improve the per-GB cost of backup storage, it also tends to introduce latency and extend backup processes.

When selecting a disk-based backup solution, you want to avoid just going with the default vendor. Do your homework and take the time to really understand the hardware, because the architecture you choose will affect your backup window.

Disk + Tape

Many companies utilize disk to disk to tape backup solutions, commonly known as D2D2T, to decrease backup windows and enable faster copies to tape media. Spinning disk can handle...

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How to Speed Up Recovery Times From Deduped Storage

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   January 18, 2016

Reliant Technology - Recovery Times for Deduped Data

Data deduplication has been a mainstream technology in enterprise datacenters for over seven years. Because it’s been so widely adopted, IT decision makers sometimes treat dedupe as an afterthought.

But the way deduplication is implemented can have a major impact on the success of an organization’s overall backup strategy, especially when considering recovery time objectives.

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The Cloud for Disaster Recovery: Things to Consider

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   November 16, 2015

Reliant - Cloud DR Considerations

Regardless of the size of the business you're running or even the industry that you're operating in, disaster recovery is a concept that should always be at the forefront of your mind. You need to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that if something goes wrong, you can get your mission-critical systems back up and running again in as little time as possible. In recent years, many organizations have turned to the cloud for disaster recovery needs. If you're thinking of doing so, this requires you to keep a few very important things in mind.

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Backup & Capacity Challenges: Exponential Data Growth

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   April 23, 2015

Reliant Technology - Backup ChallengesOne of the major challenges with backing up information in a business environment comes from the fact that you're backing up a little bit more with each passing day. Exponential data growth is one of the cornerstones of a successful business, but it can also complicate the data protection process in a number of ways.

Exponential Data Growth

Exponential Data Growth is a term used to describe a few basic concepts. As a business continues to grow, it requires faster restores and data protection that happens on a much more frequent basis. This can create challenges as there will come a point where traditional backup methods just don't give you exactly what you need.

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Data Loss: Why Does it Happen and How Can I Prevent It?

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   April 20, 2015

Reliant Technology - Data Loss PreventionBy far, the type of disaster that costs businesses a huge amount of money on a regular basis is data loss. Think for a moment about the gigabytes (or terabytes) of information that are being stored on your work computers, tablets and other types of devices. Now think about the devastating effect it would have if that data suddenly disappeared without warning. By understanding exactly what data loss is, you go a long way towards increasing your understanding of exactly what you need to do to prevent it.

Why Does Data Loss Happen?

Data loss can happen from an unfortunately large number of reasons, not all of which are easy to safeguard against. Hard disk drives will not last forever. Eventually those drives will break down and the small moving parts inside will fail, taking every last kilobyte of data on the drive along with them. Most people already have backup and recovery measures in place to prevent this type of situation, but you always need to remember that your recovery process is only as good as the copy of the data that is being created. If the copy degrades over time for whatever reason (or wasn't actually a high quality copy in the first place), you'll fall victim to data loss.

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The Changing Relationship Between Disaster Recovery & Backup

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   April 8, 2015

Reliant - DR and Backup

Backup and Data Recovery Converge

Over the last few years the functionality provided by backup and disaster recovery systems have converged so that they now appear to be the same – at least on the surface.

Historically, backups have been based on making data copies while disaster recovery comes into play after a disaster happens. Backups and other fault-tolerant mechanisms are put to work to bring things back to operational condition.

While, historically, backups were stored on removable media, they have now given way to a continuous process wherein data is copied to disk based storage arrays — a mode of backup called continuous data protection (CDP).

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Data Movement for Disaster Recovery

Backup & Disaster Recovery   •   March 30, 2015

Reliant Technology - Data Movement for Disaster RecoveryThe first step towards putting a disaster recovery plan in place involves copying all mission critical data offsite. In the event that a catastrophe should occur, a business won't lose so much as a step because that information can then be directly copied back to hardware and business can resume in earnest. One of the issues that many businesses face, however, is one of data movement. Exactly what is the most efficient way to copy a huge amount of data offsite and then back again when the time is right? There are a large number of different options when determining data movement for disaster recovery - not all will provide the type of performance that is needed in those most importance of moments.

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