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Most organizations fail to realize that the vast majority of time spent on backup is used (or to be more exact wasted) on inactive data, files that do not change for months or years.
Backups often waste lots of time and resources that any reasonable company would find hard to justify. Despite the huge growth in data, this practice has remained virtually unchanged for many years. Furthermore, the client/server model, designed more than 25 years ago and still employed by the majority of backup products, imposes a further complication and constraints in optimizing today’s Data Centers that are overflowing with data. Data backup deduplication systems have certainly reduced the storage space needed for backup and simplified management, but backup window times are still virtually the same. On the other hand, restore times for a small number of files are longer compared to tape because “rehydration” of deduplicated data is a laborious, time-consuming process.
By archiving data that is not changing and backing up only those files that remain, QStar solutions offer a greatly reduced window for data backup and restore operations. By automatically finding and migrating files that have remained unchanged for months and years, those files will no longer be subjected to new and unnecessary backups but archived to a secure, cost-effective Active Archive for long-term protection. Only information that is regularly being updated and actively used by the company will undergo backup to protect it. Regular scans will identify when this data is no longer being actively used and it too will be eventually archived in order to make room for new data.