Backup is Dead – Introducing the Data Protection Lifecycle, Part 3

The data protection lifecycle follows the life of a workload recovery point as it passes through protection and recovery facilities. The lifecycle is policy based, providing for flexibility in implementation and cost management across different systems. As data ages, the recovery requirements change and therefore the underlying capability of the system changes accordingly.

Archive Storage Now Available from nScaled

nScaled Archive Storage is now available! It offers unlimited storage capacity, unlimited retention periods, and affordable archiving.

Why have we introduced Archiving? Because there are several problems facing companies today:

Announcing New Disaster Recovery Solution Bundles

We’re pleased to announce the availability of two new solution bundles. These are Disaster Recovery bundles, with everything an organization needs to get started now with DR.

The Small Business Edition is designed for the vast majority of small to 
midsized businesses. It’s a complete, turnkey solution that provides real disaster recovery at an affordable price. Our advanced technologies and economies of scale let us offer nScaled Disaster Recovery for less than half what you’d pay to build your own DR solution. You can read more about it here.

Peace of Mind

We’re very excited about a great story about nScaled that appears here in Network World.

We’re obviously pleased by the coverage that highlights what we think are unique things we offer. Here, I just want to emphasize one point made in the story by its author, Brian Musthaler.

Small companies might find it sufficient to use a “prosumer” online solution like Carbonite or Cbeyond for data backup, and this is often the DR plan as well. Large enterprises have the SunGards of the world for contracted DR.

Backup is Dead – Introducing the Data Protection Lifecycle, Part 2

In this post, we continue to lay out the nScaled Data Protection Lifecycle concept by assessing the enabling technologies and then enumerating the requirements that the new paradigm must satisfy.

The new realities of virtualization and cloud computing

Despite all this bad news, there are some positive trends that support the revitalization of how IT leaders think about data protection and recovery. The virtualization of servers and workloads (operating system, data and application) has broken the ties between services and physical infrastructure. Through virtualization and other technologies, workloads are able to migrate readily between machines within a data center, and between data centers. This has made the specific hardware less important when it comes to service restoration.

nScaled Partners with Riverbed

We recently signed an agreement with Riverbed to add their Zeus software-based load balancers to our price list. Like everything else we offer, the load balancers are offered on a monthly subscription basis, with no up-front costs.

The Zeus load balancers are awesome at handling the heavy load that certain applications have to handle, like SharePoint and other large scale web apps.

nScaled customers subscribing to our primary application hosting service, as well as those using our disaster recovery service, will find implementing the load balancers simple, and will ensure better application performance.

We’re offering six different options based on the throughput required:

Backup is Dead – Introducing the Data Protection Lifecycle, Part 1

We’re very excited to introduce the Data Protection Lifecycle to you. As we’ve deployed our IaaS and Recovery In The Cloud solutions for our customers, we’ve learned a lot about how corporate IT sees the relationship amongst backup, disaster recovery, and archiving. As we thought about it, we realized that we had built a platform that enabled all three of them, and had done so in a way where they were all essentially the same thing, or phases in one continuous process. We call that process the Data Protection Lifecycle (DPL).

In this and the next few blog posts, we’ll lay out our “manifesto” about what the DPL is, how enterprise IT can take advantage of it, and the benefits of its use.


Not Only Is Tape Dead, Backup Is Too

I just finished reading a piece of marketing nonsense hoo-hah from Iron Mountain that argues that tape isn’t dead. Methinks Iron Mountain doth protest to much. Let’s see, what’s Iron Mountain’s digital business? Oh, that’s right – tape vaulting. The death of tape, and Iron Mountain’s sudden exit from cloud-based storage and backup, must be cause for alarm in Boston.

Now, before I go any further, let me be clear that yes, I know that tape is being used today, and not technically dead… yet. When nScaled and others proclaim the death of tape, it’s a bit of hyperbole, and we expect people to understand that. But the sentiment, that using tapes for backup has been obsoleted by disk-to-disk technologies, is correct, and we can expect to see the use of tape decline steadily during the next 5-10 years.

Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

There’s an amusingly pugnacious post over at ZDNet by Ken Hess that asks why so many people seem to be paranoid about cloud computing.

Hess, with tongue in cheek (I think), conjures images of survivalist loonies in describing the mistrust that some of his readers apparently exhibit towards cloud. That seem like a bit much, but what with all the vendor hype surrounding cloud, I wouldn’t blame buyers for being skeptical.

Tape? Really?

I was just speaking with Brad Wenzel, nScaled’s VP of Channels, and he said something that really struck me. He asked, do I still listen to music on cassette tapes? Of course not, I answered. All my music is digital. Tapes are prone to failure – drop-outs, unspooling, melting in the sun – and they’re linear access, not random access. Everyone has dumped tapes for MP3 players like iPod. Going digital means easier management, backup and recovery of my tunes.

So, Brad, asked, why on earth are IT people still using tapes for backups? It’s the same magnetic particles on the same Mylar tape, with all the same limitations and problems, as with music cassettes. It’s crazy! Why would any company trust it’s intellectual property to a media subject to bit rot? Wikipedia explains bit rot: