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Storage Minefield: How to avoid common pitfalls

Barracuda Networks | July 25, 2016
What you should look for when considering cost-effective storage solutions that scale with your business.

How to Bypass the Minefield Entirely

You need to keep emails in long-term storage for litigation and HR discovery requests as well as to comply with data-security regulations. However archiving alone doesn't collect other network data needed for disaster recovery. Conversely, a backup system takes snapshots of the whole network's data at a point in time for recovery in case of catastrophic failure, but doesn't retain emails deleted between backups.

In short, you need to be able to organise your data in tiers. A solution like Barracuda Message Archiver and Barracuda Backup works in tandem to reduce your organisation's data to a fraction of its current volume and manage the flow of new data needing storage.

Saving Staff Hours
Without managing storage, the length of backup windows will expand as does the time it takes to label and rotate tapes. All costing precious man hours. Deploying an automated backup and archiving solution can shorten backup windows by providing inbuilt policies, reducing the amount of data stored, and not using removable media. One example is Kirkpatrick Bank headquartered in Oklahoma that sees the time spent on backups reduced over 95 percent with the deployment of Barracuda Backup

The Savings Multiply
By itself, Barracuda Backup has been shown to reduce the amount of backup data stored by 20 to 50 times compared to tape backups. By combining an email storage solution- the Barracuda Message Archiver-into your backup strategy, you can further reduce the volume of backup data that would otherwise be stored as duplicated, uncompressed email-server files and PST files. For Fife Commercial Bank in Washington, they were able to cut their PST files down by as much as 75 percent and management time by half.

In the long term, after the initial reductions in stored data, you can expect it to continue to minimise the growth of storage through ongoing deduplication and compression, allowing your business to grow as it needs.


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