October 11, 2017
Bridging Legacy and New BDR
If you’re still using an old legacy system for backup and disaster recovery, you’ve probably noticed by now that it hasn’t kept up with the rest of the business landscape. Successful cybercrime attacks like ransomware and user expectations for 24/7 uptime have put radical new demands on IT leaders to store and recover data quickly and safely. Yet legacy BDR systems are unlikely to match the speed and power of your other tech, or help you backup more data, retain it for longer periods of time, and nimbly recover it in minutes when needed.
Does any of this sound familiar?
You probably know by now that it’s time to upgrade to a more modern BDR solution. At the same time, you might worry that the cost and effort are too much. The reality is that your legacy system is going to eventually equal loss - lost productivity, lost transactions and possibly a loss of respect for your brand if the worst happens.
But here’s the good news: introducing an efficient, safer and faster solution doesn’t have to be a stressful or extreme overhaul. You can tackle your storage and recovery challenges by bridging the old and the new.
Modernizing Your Legacy System
You have several options for making changes to your BDR ecosystem.
One quick and easy solution: adding a stand-alone appliance like our onQ Ransomware Edition. onQ RE is designed to help teams recover servers infected with ransomware, and it works as an add-on to your current system. This is a perfect solution for teams that aren’t ready to change anything yet, but still want the security and speed required to escape the ransomware noose. Similarly, onQ vApp can be deployed onto your existing hardware using any spare capacity you have from a SAN replacement or a server refresh. While it’s virtual, you can protect both physical and virtual machines with it. Just be sure you’ve got the power to run your recovery clones in production.
Sometimes, however, you need to abandon a sinking ship entirely. If you need hours or days to recover, if your traditional backup infrastructure is too limited to make use of the cloud and you’re feeling crushed under your growing data, it’s time to look for a solution that’s equal to the task.
The best way to make this painless? Look for a unified BDR solution. There’s no point in replacing multiple vendors with a new collection. Roll over to a vendor who can handle literally everything you need – from long-term archiving to immediate recovery. Your team will save time with just one onboarding process, one support team and one BDR solution that runs everything in a smoothly orchestrated fashion.
Some of the things to aim for include:
Introducing a new BDR solution doesn’t have to mean downtime and stress. Moving to a more advanced solution will end up paying for itself by offering faster recovery and liberating the team from tedious administrative tasks – but crossing the bridge from legacy to new BDR can and should be simple as well.