1 less Backup is Not a Myth. Contents less Backup is Not a Myth 2 Why This Matters 2 The Problem With s 4 How does it work? 5 Why it works? 6
2 less Backup is Not a Myth. The Asigra solution requires no agents, which inherently makes it easier to install and support than other backup and recovery solutions. Backup and recovery software typically requires agents that are installed onto the servers that a system administrator wants to back up. Even in a modest-sized environment, agent management can become extremely complex when an administrator is forced to deal with different operating systems and revision levels. The complexity of agent management is further complicated by the growing number of applications that also require agents running on the same servers. This proliferation of agents and its associated drain on CPU resources is often referred to as agent pollution. Asigra does not require any agents to be installed but instead reaches out over the network to back up operating systems, file systems, and applications, using industrystandard programming interfaces. To understand how Asigra backs up data over a network without the use of agents, consider how a local hard drive on a typical PC can be accessed remotely. A system administrator only needs the right permissions to access that local hard drive over the network. A disk-to-disk backup is performed by simply copying the contents of the hard drive to another hard drive on the network. Asigra software uses a sophisticated extension of this idea, unlike other software that requires agents on every machine. The Asigra solution is simple and elegant in concept, but required a lot of hard work and years of development to get it right on a broad variety of operating systems and data types. Why This Matters Dealing with backup software agents is a cumbersome and mundane task that can be extremely time consuming. Matching agent revisions with operating system levels, researching compatibility issues, and other labor-intensive tasks are non-existent when using the Asigra solution. Additionally, many problems that occur while managing backup software in complex environments are due to compatibility issues with agents. Compared to other solutions, Asigra s agentless design is inherently easier to support and the risk of problems is reduced. Finally, agents rob processing power from the core applications of every machine on which they re installed. Asigra makes no such demands on the servers it is backing up. Multiplied over thousands of machines, that extra power efficiency can mean significant savings and greener operations. 2 less Backup is Not a Myth.
3 TRADITIONAL AGENT BASED BACKUP SOFTWARE. Take the inventory Share it with the partner/vendor (Disclose network information) Ensure the configuration is accurate and buy the agents Buy additional agents when you add servers, applications, databases & upgrade all agents frequently Backup Media Server Sybase SharePoint GroupWise Exchange Oracle SQL CENTRAL OFFICE 3 less Backup is Not a Myth.
4 ASIGRA = AGENTLESS. Multi-Site License (Capacity-based) Add servers, applications, databases on the fly Zero touch upgrades SharePoint Exchange Oracle Hyper-V SQL VMware LOCAL DS-Client Laptop DS-System DISK CENTRAL OFFICE IP WAN INTERNAL DATA CENTER (PRIVATE CLOUD) OR MSP DATA CENTER (PUBLIC CLOUD) The Problem With s The use of agents with a backup/recovery solution (either a tape or a disk-to-disk (D2D) product), has a direct impact on data security, recoverability, and costs. IT managers know the downsides that accompany agentbased solutions: Compromised security. A port in the firewall must be opened for every agent. And, because almost every agent has administrative privileges, it effectively creates vulnerability in the server architecture. Hackers need only to tap into the agent to attack the server. With no in-flight encryption, agents also put data at risk during transmission from the remote office to the data center. More pieces of software to manage and to fail. More sites, more data, more applications, more users, more systems, more agents growth makes everything harder to manage, and agents only compound the problem. As infrastructure expands in size and complexity, problem diagnosis takes longer. Every operating system upgrade (now implemented monthly by many organizations) creates more opportunities for conflicts amongst applications, including proliferating backup agents. The fact is backup agents drain IT resources, cause disruptive downtime, and, ultimately, undermine the certainty of data recoverability. Exorbitant licensing fees. Traditional software vendors charge for software based on the old per-system model. This is costly and requires customers to closely monitor their complex system and user landscapes. For many growing organizations, buying a site license is actually a simpler solution albeit even more costly and often unnecessary than trying to keep track of backup 4 less Backup is Not a Myth.
5 products installed across hundreds or thousands of machines. There are even consulting companies that now do audits to help enterprises lower license fees. Mounting administrative costs. Heterogeneous application environments can be administrative nightmares when backup processes require the installation and management of a different agent for every kind of database, application and operating system. It takes time and a lot of touching of remote-site systems to push agents and upgrades out to every server. And each time a data center administrator or service provider has to deploy an agent, or intervene to support it at a remote site, that cost rolls back into the business model making it increasingly difficult to remain competitive. To put licensing and administrative costs in perspective, an enterprise with as few as five offices can easily spend $50,000 to purchase and maintain backup agents for file/ print servers, servers, databases, and workstations. For large enterprises with thousands of backup agents, licensing and support costs can quickly add up to millions of dollars. Application Disruption. Each time a hot fix or new version of the software is released, the agents must be upgraded too. This upgrade process requires a reboot of the server that the agent resides on. Unfortunately, this application disruption must be repeated for every affected server on the network. With Asigra, there is no application disruption. Asigra agentless client software is dispatched and upgraded silently with no need for a server reboot. How does it work? As the industry s only agentless, multi-site backup and recovery software solution, Asigra technology completely eliminates the negative impact of agents. How does it work? CLOUD Direct Attached (SATA) ARCHIVE Cloud Storage BLM Archiver Production DS-License Archive Data Destruction with Certificate Web Portal DS-Billing NAS DS-System ONLINE LOCAL/ LOCAL-ONLY Windows DS-Client FILE SERVER SQL DB EXCHANGE MSP PRIMARY DATA CENTER (PUBLIC CLOUD) HYPER-V MS SHAREPOINT IBM LOTUS CUSTOMER A IP WAN LOCAL/ LOCAL-ONLY DS-Mobile Client REMOTE USER(S) Linux DS-Client UNIX VMware IBM AS400 ORACLE IBM 0B2 XenServer CUSTOMER B Initial Backup to External Digital Media 5 less Backup is Not a Myth.
6 The Asigra architecture consists of two software components: the DS-Client and the DS-System. DS-Client software, installed on one server (Windows, Macintosh, or Linux) at each local and remote site, captures data from its target backup machines. The DS-Client then processes the data to reduce its size (compression and deduplication), encrypts it for security, and then transmits the data via IP WAN to the DS-System at the storage location. The DS-Client does not require installation of any backup agents on its target machines. The DS-Client fully integrates with NT domains, Trusts and Novell NDS trees, and otherwise adopts the remote site s existing LAN security settings. Using standard APIs, the DS-Client can remotely log in to target backup systems, capture requested data, and securely manage transmissions to the central site. Utilizing common data reduction technologies, the DS-Client minimizes the amount of data transmitted and stored at the onsite or off-site vault. The DS-System manages the storage repository for backup data transmitted from one or multiple DS-Clients. The DS-System (configured as direct-attached disk, NAS or SAN) can be installed on Linux and Windows platforms. Asigra software integrates a comprehensive feature set designed to maximize and accelerate data recoverability. An Autonomic Healing module, for example, runs seamlessly in the background to identify and isolate corrupt or otherwise problematic files. As an added value, if a corrupt file is found to be irreparable, it is tagged to be re-transmitted on the next scheduled backup. Another feature, the Local Restore tool, allows remote-office storage of backup data. This ensures that local users can restore critical data immediately and at LAN speed. Additional Asigra tools include an Online File Summary, Long Term Storage policy-making, a Discovery Tool to automatically ascertain characteristics of primary data, Message Level Restore, Bare Metal Restore capability, Client and System Monitoring, and SNMP Integration. Why it works? The Asigra software eliminates the requirement for locally installed agents because it leverages the protocols, APIs, methods and functionality that platform, operating system, database, and other application vendors utilize for remotely managing their own systems. Other backup/ restore solutions require a unique backup agent (installed on every target machine) for each type of system and application. Asigra, however, supports all major platforms and applications with a software system composed of just two major components: the DS-Client (one installed at each site) and the DS-System (installed at the vaulting location). Another advantage of the Asigra software is that it enables multi-level access controls. The Benefits of less: Reduce Costs, Robust Security, Simpler Scaling. At installation, the DS-Client is assigned privileges to establish access rights that meet the requirements of the site or organization. For example, the DS-Client might be assigned multiple credentials for the same network to allow the domain administrator to back up all systems, including servers and workstations, while enabling users to control the backups of individual workstations. The Asigra software has also been highly optimized to conserve both LAN and target-system CPU resources. Implementing an Asigra backup/recovery solution produces immediate and dramatic benefits. Significant savings. Even if backup agents from other vendors were free, the Asigra solution would still provide huge savings. First-year operating expenses alone approach an estimated $150,000 for an enterprise environment with 1,000 server agents. Annual server maintenance and operating expenses for this same configuration add up to nearly $60,000. The agentless Asigra solution eliminates those operating costs in addition to the purchase price of the agents. Simple licensing. DS-Client licenses ARE free. Asigra offers businesses a unique pay-as-you-grow pricing model based simply on the amount of compressed backup data 6 less Backup is Not a Myth.
7 stored. Customers purchase Asigra software the same as disk capacity no license fees, no tracking, no overspending on site licenses paying only for compressed storage capacity consumed. One piece of software to install, manage, and diagnose. Asigra software even upgrades itself, so there are no time-consuming and resource-draining updates required for the hundreds or perhaps thousands of systems on typical enterprise networks. WAN/LAN/CPU resource conservation. Asigra software runs with negligible impact on servers, workstations, and laptops, eliminating the drain on CPU resources associated with agent-based solutions. Data reduction technologies also minimize the impact on bandwidth and storage resources. While traditional agent-based backup/ recovery solutions require implementation of high-speed connections between the central data center and remote offices, Asigra works with existing links such as DSL. Robust, hardcoded security. Asigra software provides extremely safe in-flight and at-rest data security utilizing up to 256 bit AES encryption. And it works within the organization s security framework there are no agents to open hacker-tempting ports in the firewall. With secure data transmission across an IP WAN, the Asigra solution helps businesses achieve compliance, minimize information-loss liabilities, and protect customer confidence. Elegant scaling. The DS-System is capable of elegantly scaling both in the dimensions of capacity and performance. This type of scalability is critical for environments with large numbers of remote sites, high-capacity data sets, and rapid data growth. While agent-based solutions compound complexity in rapid growth environments, the Asigra agentless backup/recovery solution easily accommodates new capacity, new applications, and new sites. Features such as integrated load balancing ensure efficiency across multiple DS-System IP addresses. Backup consistency, improved recoverability. The simplicity, efficiency, and security of the Asigra system makes it easy for remote sites to implement and maintain consistent data backup programs. This means companies can significantly boost data recoverability in locations where success rates below 50% were once the norm. About Asigra Asigra transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data by delivering market leading cloud backup solutions that seamlessly and efficiently manage, scale and deliver data protection services. Asigra Cloud Backup is built for new and existing MSPs/VARs who focus on data protection, IT constrained organizations, and industries with compliance mandates that are looking to improve their backup with a secure, reliable and predictable data protection cloud backup model. With 25 years of experience as backup/recovery pioneers, Asigra technology protects more than 400,000 sites globally ranging from the Global 100 to SMBs. The world s largest and most profitable service providers including CDW, HP and Terremark Worldwide power their cloud backup services using Asigra technology. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. Tel: Web: 7 less Backup is Not a Myth. June 2011
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