Running out of backup storage space? Funny, when you deployed that new backup solution a few years ago you never thought you would use ALL of that space up. Let’s face it, data is growing for everyone. That’s a good thing. It means your business is growing. Now you just need to keep up with it.
What do you do now? If you want a backup appliance, then you just need to buy one that should be big enough for the next 3-5 years, but that may be difficult to predict. If you are in that position, then maybe you could find a solution that will grow with you.
Unitrends Enterprise Backup software is the perfect fit for growing companies, because it will grow with you.
The Unitrends Enterprise Backup software solution deploys as a virtual backup appliance into VMware, Hyper-V and XenServer. The storage for the backups can be attached directly to the virtual appliance, or you can write out to a NAS or SAN device on your network. The direct attached method is the preferred method that lets you easily grow your backup datastore over time. Just start out with the amount of storage you need and then add virtual disks to the Unitrends backup appliance to grow your backup storage.
The idea is to give yourself the ability to grow your solution with your environment using your own storage instead of buying a purpose built backup appliance(PBBA) with pre-allocated storage. Many businesses use the Unitrends Recovery Series PBBA in their environment with great success, but it is not for everyone.
Another great use for the virtual Unitrends appliance is the backup copy target. Unitrends customers know this as the Replication target, but we call it Backup Copy now. (For more information about the different types of Backup Copy targets please see my “Do You Want Your Data Hot or Cold?” blog post.) As your backup footprint grows so does your backup copy target appliance. As a growing company you can deploy either the Recovery Series appliance or the Unitrends Enterprise Backup software virtual appliance to the remote sites for backup. Now just copy the data back to a single Unitrends Enterprise Backup software virtual appliance at a central location or DR site.
Here is a table listing the best practices for choosing the type of backup storage to connect to your Unitrends software virtual appliance taken from our Unitrends Software Deployment Best Practices Guide
|Best (by far)||Attached virtual disk||
|Okay||iSCSI within the UEB guest
|Do Not Use||CIFS on Windows||
Small, medium, large, enterprise and MSP customers can all take advantage of this deployment scenario to keep their investment working well for many years.
If you are still undecided, then please take a look at our website for more information about the Unitrends backup software, or give us a call and speak with a Sales Engineer about your environment.