There are fundamentally three basic ways to protect data. IT organizations can make use of backup and recovery software that runs on a server, they can offload to an appliance, or move the whole process into the cloud.
None of those approaches are mutually exclusive, which is one reason a newly independent Arcserve this week unveiled its first appliance in the form of an Arcserve Unified Data Protection Appliance 7000 that can support both physical and virtual servers.
Arcserve CEO Mike Crest says many IT organizations prefer not to run backup and recovery software on a server because it takes compute cycles away from their applications. An appliance provides a more turnkey approach to protecting their data that is generally simpler for them to install.
Depending on the sensitivity and the timeliness of the data involved, Crest says many organizations will opt to first back up data locally and then archive it into the cloud. Even then, there’s a lot of nuance between what constitutes “warm” data that may still need to be accessed and “cold” data that no one is likely to want to ever access.
There’s obviously no shortage of options these days when it comes to data protection. The issue that Crest says Arcserve is addressing now is being able to tier the management of data protection in any way an IT organization sees fit, now and into the future.