The purpose of IT backup and recovery systems is to avoid data loss and recover quickly, thereby minimizing downtime costs. Traditional storage-centric data protection architectures such as Purpose Built Backup Appliances (PBBAs), and the conventional backup and restore processing supporting them, are prone to failure on recovery. This is because the processes, both automated and manual, are too numerous, too complex, and too difficult to test adequately. In turn this leads to unacceptable levels of failure for today’s mission critical applications, and a poor foundation for digital transformation initiatives.
Governments are taking notice. Heightened regulatory compliance requirements have implications for data recovery processes and are an unwelcome but timely catalyst for companies to get their recovery houses in order. Onerous malware, such as ransomware and other cyber attacks increase the imperative for organizations to have highly granular recovery mechanisms in place that allow data restoration to the point of infection with as little data loss as possible. Meanwhile, the cost of IT downtime for an average Fortune 1000 enterprise is already high and increasing as digital transformation efforts pressure organizations to deliver always on services.
This perfect storm of heightened regulation, advanced cyber threats and greater business risk creates a mandate for organizations to rethink data recovery for high value applications. The core premise of this research is that deploying an applicationled backup and recovery architecture will lead to far less complexity, much easier process improvement over time, and has the potential to cut the cost of downtime in half.