Jul
27

ShadowProtect Migration from Legacy Tape Backups

ShadowProtect Migration from Legacy Tape Backups

StorageCraft’s Master Engineer, Karl Thomson, and Dicker Data’s Tony Lam, from Australia, discussed the migration process from legacy backup products to the ShadowProtect disaster recovery solution. Watch the video to see how you can move from tape backups to a modern solution without a painful rip and replace process.

ShadowProtect Migration from Tape to Disk

We’ve written volumes on the history of tape backups and how it is still alive in the storage industry. ┬áMost enterprises are moving to adopt a modern infrastructure, backing up to disks, and even all-flash storage in some cases. It’s vital to make the migration process as easy as possible.

Replacing an aging software that is backing up to tape with something can be overwhelming. With StorageCraft ShadowProtect however, everything is easy. You can keep the legacy solution in place for the transition, shows Karl Thomson.

“Sometimes to rip and replace is a paint point. We need to remove this old system. There is a period of downtime, and we’ve got to move to a new product. We have to learn how that works and come up with a solution. With StorageCraft, you don’t necessarily need to rip everything out. We can go on and deploy ShadowProtect on top of that. This gives you time to do a deployment of standard technology and you look to phase out the legacy product in your own time,” showed Karl Thomson, in the discussion with Dicker Data.

Read More: Tape Backup vs Disk Backup

Moving from Backups to Disaster Recovery

ShadowProtect will back up by default hourly during the day, shows Karl, while a legacy system might be setup to back up during the night to tape. The StorageCraft solution allows you to keep legacy backup software in place throughout the transition process. The StorageCraft engineer also adds that moving from a legacy tape backup solution will allow you to simplify monitoring and speed up the restore process.

“There’s no point backing up if you can’t recover. If your backup takes all night to run and then your restore takes days, you need to move away from it. You need to rapidly recover on-site,” concluded Karl.