The backup of the Windows Exchange Server to is challenging. Small and medium enterprises that use multiple backup products, manual processes and on/off-site tape backup services will appreciate the truth of this statement. CIOs and IT managers long for a Windows backup server product that is simple to setup and schedule. Ideally they would like a backup system that takes simple instructions, automates the backup process and delivers quality performance. They would be able to relax vigil if the system automatically spews out activity logs and user logs via email and alerts them to failed backups or unusual events. They would like the product to enable backup to a number of devices like tape, disk or NAS. If the product is light weight and low cost, they will like it all the more!
Interestingly, the wish list is not difficult to fulfill. Unlike traditional Exchange Server backup products, Cloud backup offers easy to install backup software, local, offsite and remote Server backup, efficient data archiving services and point in time disaster recovery. No additional hardware/software needs to be requisitioned or installed and backups can be instantiated and completed as per pre-defined schedules. The enterprise data is stored in geographically dispersed SASE-16 audited data centers with layered security. The traffic is WAN optimized and data is made highly available to the end user with replication technology and failover server clusters.
Most Cloud backup solutions are application aware and may include plug-ins for different versions of Exchange servers. The Server backup (initial and incremental) can be automated by setting up backup schedules that kick starts at the time and date specified. The data administrator is not shackled to the management console by backup windows and idle time (as with tape backup). The system monitors itself and reports on failed backups and permits emergency backups with the click of a few buttons.
Snapshot technology is paired with Replication technology for optimal performance of the Exchange Server backup. The snapshot technology permits the detection of byte level changes to the data, facilitates granular versioning of snapshots and ensures consistency of backup across the system. Data is taken offsite with the replication technology and stored in mounted usable formats for faster, WAN optimized recovery.
Archival settings and retention settings can be configured and the data administrator can monitor the archival or retention process from a single system management window. 256 bit encryption technology for data in flight and at rest with user level access controls ensures data privacy and security.