As far back as 2006, IT insiders were predicting that the next wave of IT solutions to sweep the business world would include mechanisms for continuous data protection. This technology, often simply called CDP, is a huge improvement over the traditional paradigm of making regular full backup copies of all data and using incremental backups in between to provide a form of update to the latest full backup performed.
One of the greatest drawbacks to this method was that it tended to create a huge proliferation of backup copies. According to some industry surveys, some companies were maintaining more than 10 full copies of their data; some even had 100. The situation was particularly untenable at SMBs because smaller companies often lack the resources to provide this kind of storage space, let alone the skilled personnel needed to make sense of a myriad of duplicates of near-identical data.
CDP did not become a standard paradigm as quickly as analysts had predicted. Now, however, it is once again a hot topic among IT consultants eager to assist small and medium-sized businesses with IT solutions that help to make operations more cost-effective and productive. What has made CDP a hot topic again? Simply put, the spread of virtualization among SMBs. When virtualization is paired with multi-core processing power, the advantages and feasibility of CDP become much more evident.
Advantages of Continuous Data Protection
There are many advantages of continuous data protection, especially for small businesses. The technology means that there will never be a need to do a backup in the traditional sense. At the same time, storage space can be used in a much more optimized manner than was possible under the "full and incremental" model. CDP offers businesses the capacity to recover applications as well as data, and such recovery can be so immediate that it approaches the level of instantaneous.
Perhaps most important in today's IT world is the fact that with a CDP model, it is easy to assign SLA (service level agreements) by application. The ‘one size fits all’ model need not be the case once an SMB transitions to CDP. It also suits the modern business world quite well because it fits into a cloud solutions paradigm flawlessly. Finally, CDP offers centralized controls; all data protection operations are administered through one main interface.
For more information on how CDP can enhance business continuity, contact iCorps today.