Q: How does data protection relate to an organisation's business continuity plans?
CC: The key thing for organisations to remember is to facilitate rapid, reliable recovery. The first step is to ensure tested and well-documented outage plans, so that every stakeholder understands what they must do to minimise the effect of an interruption. Data protection through backups is all well and good but can only be viewed as a tactical goal.
The strategic plan for business continuity must focus on recovery. This is why the Veeam and NetApp integration will be so important for our customers. It provides recovery capabilities that reduce the impact of downtime, spare the company the cost of a prolonged outage and might just save the day.
Q: Are there similar solutions available in the market and how does this compare?
CC: Veeam's technological integration with NetApp is actually patent-pending so there's nothing that quite compares exactly. Most data protection solutions in the market today have evolved from old-style IT infrastructure, with individual servers and applications each requiring agents to perform backups. That approach has proved costly and complex. This is not how data centres operate today. They use tools like virtualisation to deliver more agility with less cost to IT departments. Veeam was built from the ground up for virtualisation so it truly is promises availability for the modern data centre.
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