What to look for when choosing backup software for an enterprise?
Make sure the following features are supported backup software you deploy:
- Open source software – You must use software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be and modified. This ensures that you can recover your data in case vendor/project stopped working on software or refused to provide patches.
- Cross-platform support – Make sure backup software works well on the OS deployed on all desktop and server operating systems.
- Data format – Open data format ensures that you can recover data in case vendor or project stopped working on software.
- Autochangers – Autochangers are nothing but a variety of backup devices, including library, near-line storage, and autoloader. Autochangers allows you to automate the task of loading, mounting, and labeling backup media such as tape.
- Backup media – Make sure you can backup data on tape, disk, DVD and in cloud storage such as AWS.
- Encryption datastream – Make sure all client-to-server traffic will be encrypted to ensure transmission integrity over the LAN/WAN/Internet.
- Database support – Make sure backup software can backup database server such as MySQL or Oracle.
- Backup span multiple volumes – Backup software can split each backup (dumpfile) into a series of parts, allowing for different parts to existing on different volumes. This ensures that large backups (such as 100TB file) can be stored on larger than a single backup device such as disk or tape volume.
- VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) – It is Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and it is used to create snapshots of data that is to be backed up. Make sure backup software support VSS for MS-Windows client/server.
- Deduplication – It is a data compression technique for eliminating duplicate copies of repeating data (for example, images).
- License and cost – Make sure you understand and use of open source license under which the original backup software is made available to you.
- Commercial support – Open source software can provide community based (such as email list or fourm) or professional (such as subscriptions provided at additional cost) based support. You can use paid professional support for training and consulting purpose.
- Reports and alerts – Finally, you must able to see backup reports, current job status, and get alert when something goes wrong while making backups.