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Protection for Systems in “real-time” with Online Backup


Sometimes protecting your data using conventional backup schedules is just not enough. Historically system administrators have configured backup schedules on a nightly basis in order to protect systems that have changed during the conventional working day. This method that has been around since backup technologies have first existed was brought about due to the limitations presented to business that were using tape backup solutions.

Tape backup presents a problem where the media that is written to (the tape) must be removed and taken offsite after each backup. Whilst it is possible to append data to tapes this process requires significant time for the tape drive to spin up the correct position on the tape making regular short sharp shots at backing up in very short increments impossible.

The Taylor Made Computer Solutions online backup facility address this problem by using a feature known as “Continuous Data Protection” or CDP

CDP refers to data automatically protected whenever a change is made to that data (asynchronous backup). Therefore, CDP allows backups in almost real-time. This in turn captures every version of your data whenever it is saved. This feature allows data to be restored to any point in time as opposed to a historic in-frequent nightly backup.

The TMCS Online Backup solution that is built on Asigra’s agentless backup technology ensures that the CDP feature allows unlimited granularity. You can ultimatley have data recovered from an infinite number of recovery point objectives (RPO)

CDP can be implemented on the TMCS Online Backup solution at no additional licensing cost due to the fact that you only pay for the data that is stored or protected.

There are 3 main benefits of the TMCS online backup CDP solution. These are outlined below

  • Increase SLA compliance. CDP provides you with the peace of mind that the latest version of critical data has been backed up and is available to be recovered.
  • Flexible RPOs. Traditional backups can only restore data to the point at which the backup was taken. With CDP, there are no backup schedules. When protected data is saved to disk, it is also asynchronously written to our centralized multi-tenanted storage repository. CDP keeps not only the latest saved version of protected data but also keeps track of the previous versions allowing data recovery from a wider point in time range.
  • Immediate protection of critical data. Once protected data is saved to disk, it is backed up locally (if local storage is available) and simultaneously is sent encrypted over the WAN to be stored offsite to the service provider’s cloud. Backup window and recovery time objectives (RTOs) are reduced to zero.

For more information on our Online Backup Solutions including how Continuous Data Protection might be able to help secure your business please contact our dedicated team at Taylor Made.


About the Author

Written by Pete Hughes

Pete is currently Head of Product Management at Taylor Made Computer solutions. Pete has a strong "hands on" technical background that is crucial to his role in developing the TMCS product lines. Pete’s Technical experience includes VMware, Microsoft, Asigra, N-Able and Citrix technologies and is regularly seen at Managed Services and Hosting events in Europe and worldwide. When the time is available Pete enjoys a variety of water sports including Yacht racing and a passion for the mountains and anything that involves snow.