Taking the Stress Out of Backup and Recovery

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As the amount of data that needs to be managed continues to grow at alarming rates, IT organizations are increasingly faced with some major challenges when it comes to backup and recovery.

But what if instead of approaching this problem from the server side of the equation, we found a way to make it easier for end users to back up and recover their own files locally?

That's the premise behind a Drobo Pro appliance from Data Robotics, which provides a disk-based backup system capable of holding 8 disk drives for a total backup and recovery capability of 16 terabytes.

Priced between $1,299 and $4,000, Drobo Pro can support iSCSI, FireWire 800 and USB interfaces to make setup relatively simple. It's also certified to work with VMware and drives can be used in combination to provide RAID Level 6 support.

Why this matters is that it has the potential to greatly reduce the amount of data that needs to be backed up to the server, and it makes it a whole lot easier for end users to recover their own files. In concept, it's not much different than the external disk systems that consumers typically buy, but comes loaded with enterprise-class features required by a corporation.

The best part is that 90 percent of the time, end users are looking to recover a file they just used. With Drobo Pro, that file is going to be very close at hand, versus something that someone in the IT department has to go find.

None of this means that the backup and recovery process on servers is going to away. But it sure does offer a lot of potential for reducing a lot of the stress currently associated with backup and recovery.