A Modern Approach to Backup Scheduling: Focusing on “Now”

For years, system administrators have relied on a tried-and-true method: scheduling full, incremental, and differential backups at specific times throughout the day, week, and month.

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While traditional calendar-based backup scheduling offers a familiar approach to data protection, it struggles to adapt to the ever-changing needs of today’s data landscape. This inflexibility hinders the ability to prioritize the most critical and recently modified data. Here’s why:

  • Focus on outdated data: Backups scheduled for specific times might not capture critical changes that occur in between. Imagine accidentally deleting a crucial file right before a scheduled backup. That file could be lost forever.
  • Managing a maze of dates: Remembering specific dates and times for different backup types becomes cumbersome, especially in large-scale environments. Imagine trying to recall if the “Friday the 2nd” backup is the full copy you need.
  • Inefficient storage utilization: Traditional methods often involve full backups, even if only a small portion of data has changed. This can lead to wasted storage space.

A time-agnostic approach to backup scheduling

STORViX’s AiRE revolutionizes backup scheduling by breaking free from the limitations of the calendar. Our innovative approach focuses on “now,” allowing you to define backup frequencies for specific timeframes – the last few hours, minutes, or even seconds. This ensures the most critical and recently modified data receives the highest level of protection.

Experience the power of AiRE’s real-time backup strategy:

  • Prioritize what matters most: Focus on protecting your most valuable and frequently changing data. Define how often snapshots are taken within a specific timeframe (e.g., every 5 minutes for the last 4 hours) to ensure you can recover from accidental deletions or ransomware attacks.
  • Simplify backup management: Eliminate the need to remember complex schedules and cryptic file names. Instead, refer to snapshots as “the one from 10 minutes ago” or “the one from yesterday” for clear and intuitive management.
  • Optimize storage efficiency: AiRE leverages differential snapshots, minimizing storage requirements by only storing changes between snapshots. Delete any snapshot without affecting the validity of others, further reducing storage footprint.
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AiRE IntelligentFiler: the engine powering your real-time backups

At the heart of AiRE’s time-centric approach lies the IntelligentFiler’s Data Protection Engine (DPE). This powerful engine utilizes instant file system snapshots for unparalleled efficiency and reliability. Why are AiRE’s snapshots unlike any other?

  • Instantaneous capture: Snapshots capture data in a consistent state with minimal impact on system performance. Users can continue working uninterrupted while snapshots are taken.
  • Always consistent: Each snapshot is a self-contained unit, eliminating the need for consolidation and ensuring the integrity of your data.
  • Space-conscious design: Snapshots only allocate storage for data changes compared to previous snapshots, significantly reducing storage requirements.

Tiered retention for flexible backup strategy

The DPE allows you to define a tiered retention system, customizing how long snapshots are stored within each tier. This flexibility ensures you can tailor your backup strategy to meet the specific needs of your data, for example:

  • Tier 0: Prioritize Recent Data (e.g., 4 hours): Frequent snapshots (e.g., every 5 minutes) to guard against ransomware attacks and accidental deletions.
  • Tier 1: Hourly Snapshots (e.g., 20 hours): Captures data changes for the following workday.
  • Tier 2 & 3: Regular Backups (e.g., Daily & Weekly): Provides long-term historical backups for disaster recovery.
  • Tier 4: Long-Term Archiving (e.g., Yearly): Retains historical data for compliance or regulatory purposes.

Seamless backup and replication for uninterrupted operations

Snapshots created by AiRE offer unparalleled flexibility beyond traditional backup scheduling. They can be copied to local or remote targets for backup purposes, or cloned to other file systems for additional protection. The copy process is independent of snapshot creation, allowing users to continue working uninterrupted. Furthermore, differential copies ensure only modified data is transferred, saving bandwidth and time.

The flexibility of AiRE extends to replicated data. Each replicated data set can have its own independent tier and retention strategy. For instance, historical financial data might require longer retention than recent project files.

Conclusion: a simpler, more efficient future of backups

AiRE’s time-agnostic approach revolutionizes traditional calendar-based backup scheduling, offering a more intuitive and efficient way to manage your data protection. By focusing on “now” and leveraging tiered retention, you can prioritize critical data, optimize storage usage, and ensure business continuity. While there might be a slight learning curve to adapt from traditional methods, the benefits of this modern approach far outweigh the initial investment.

We invite you to experience the future of data protection with AiRE. Ready to ditch the traditional calendar-based backups and embrace a time-centric strategy? Contact us today!