Much like the world in the novel and film 1984, there was a time when computing was neatly broken into three distinct monolithic empires— Microsoft, Apple and Linux. Yes, there were distinctions among different flavors of Linux, and even some old Unix variants. There were different versions of Windows to contend with. But between the three there was not much interaction. What worked in one empire, usually did not work in the others. Backup solutions reflected this reality.
Beyond breaking into distinct OS camps, the backup market was even more fragmented. There were backup solutions for databases, backup solutions for applications, backup for just data, configuration backup and on and on. How many different backup solutions could you manage? How many did you want to manage? Let’s not, for now, even discuss the cost of all of these backup solutions.
The good news is that much like that iconic hammer in Apple’s 1984 commercial, Idera’s server backup solutions have smashed through these monoliths, breaking down the borders and bringing freedom to backup solutions.
Today we live in a cross-platform world, where Windows can run on a Mac, where Microsoft’s Azure cloud runs Linux. It is not unusual to use open source databases that are owned by Oracle or so called “NoSQL” databases that run across 10’s of nodes. There is an app for everything and everything has an app. With all of this it is only logical that you should want to use just one backup solution to backup all of these. Idera Server Backup brings order to this chaos and brings down the borders around backup.
Now one backup solution can work for backing up Windows and Linux, data, databases and applications. You can run it at your data center, at a 3rd party data center, or even backup-as-a -service through our dozens of service partners. You can even use it to back up to a USB stick, if you’d like.
Another border that has been broken down is that you no longer have to choose between what is important enough to justify paying the price to back up and what isn’t. Idera Server Backup is priced to allow every server you own to be backed up. Virtual or physical, Windows or Linux, makes no difference.
Let us be clear, there are multiple reasons that these borders are disappearing. Virtualization is a huge driver. When you can run one OS on top of another, the idea that you need different backup solutions for each doesn’t make sense. The cloud has been another driver. With your apps and data stored on someone else’s infrastructure, the idea of backups that are standardized is a necessity. The adoption of open source solutions is yet another factor. Open source is so widely utilized across enterprises of all sizes. With open source usually comes standard, open means of integration. This has allowed backup solutions from closed systems to cross over.
The next border to conquer is Big Data. Big Data seems to be on everyone’s radar. But with Big Data comes big backup. You should not need a separate backup solution for your Big Data implementation. Again, Idera Server Backup gives you one solution for all of your backup needs.
You need neither passports nor border crossings nor anything else for backup today. One solution can do it all. Forget 1984, we live in a “Brave New World,” where you should only need one backup solution. With Idera Server Backup that one is all you need.