2 Agentless Backup Simplifies Data Storage Most backup and recovery software requires system administrators to install individual software agents onto each server that needs protection. Multiplied over thousands of machines, eliminating agents and boosting power efficiency can mean significant savings and greener operations. As an agentless backup and recovery software solution, echopath completely eliminates the negative impact of agents.
3 The Problem with Agents The use of agents with a backup/recovery solution has a direct impact on data security, recoverability and costs. Traditional agent-based backup software requires you to: Take inventory of your network Buy, install, and configure multiple agents for your network Repeat process when you add servers, applications or databases Upgrade all agents frequently Agent-based backup becomes extremely complicated when an administrator is dealing with different operating systems, revision levels and applications. Ultimately, this kind of agent pollution is a drain on time, CPU, environmental, and financial resources. Many of the problems that occur while managing backup software a re caused by compatibility issues with agents. Also, agents rob processing power from the core applications of every machine they re installed on. Disadvantages of Agents Compromised security A port in the firewall must sometimes be opened for every agent. Because almost every agent has administrative privileges, it makes the server architecture vulnerable to hackers only needing to tap into the agent to attack the server. Too many pieces More sites, data, users, systems and more agents equal a more complex infrastructure with longer backup and recovery times. Every operating system upgrade within an organization invites more opportunities for conflicts between applications. Backup agents drain IT resources, cause disruptive downtime, and, ultimately, undermine the certainty of data recoverability. Exorbitant licensing fees Agent software, typically priced on a per-system basis, is costly. For many growing organizations, buying a site license is actually a simpler solution than trying to keep track of backup products installed across hundreds or thousands of machines. Mounting administrative costs It takes time and a lot of touching of remote-site systems to push agents and upgrades out to every server. And each time an administrator 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 for the backup software is released, the agents must be upgraded too. This upgrade process requires a reboot of the server that the agent is on. Unfortunately, this application disruption must be repeated for every affected server on the network.
4 The Solution: echopath = Agentless Remotely install and manage data transmissions Add servers, applications, databases on the fly Upgrade seamlessly with zero-touch updates LOCAL SYNC As an agentless solution, echopath 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 storage location). DS-Client software captures data from its target backup machines. The DS-Client then processes the data to minimize its size, encrypts it for security, and then transmits the data to the DS-System at the storage location. The DS-Client does not require installation of any backup agents on its target machines. 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. On the other end, the DS-System manages the storage for backup data transmitted from one or multiple DS-Clients.
5 Benefits of echopath Robust security echopath 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 echopath solution helps businesses achieve compliance, minimize information-loss liabilities, and protect customer confidence. Resource conservation echopath 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. Simple licensing Pay-as-you-grow based simply on the amount of compressed backup data stored. Customers purchase echopath software the same as disk capacity no license fees, no tracking, no overspending on site licenses paying only for compressed storage capacity consumed. Significant savings Even if backup agents from other vendors were free, the echopath 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 echopath solution eliminates those operating costs in addition to the purchase price of the agents. Straightforward software Install and manage a single piece of software. The echopath solution even upgrades itself, so there are no time-consuming and resource-draining updates required for the hundreds or perhaps thousands of systems on typical networks. 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. Improved recoverability The simplicity, efficiency, and security of the echopath system makes it easy for remote sites to 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 echopath Peace of mind comes from knowing your information will be exactly where you need it, when you need it. At echopath, our team of U.S.-based Certified Backup Engineers and Technicians is dedicated to protecting your data s past, present and future. Our infrastructure is independently owned, and our primary data centers operate locally in Indianapolis, Indiana. For more info, visit: echopath.com To speak with a specialist, call:
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