Years ago, we treated all data as being equal. All data originated on one type of storage and stayed there until it was deleted. We now understand that not all data is created equal. Some types of data are more important than others, or accessed more frequently than others. Backup Lifecycle Management (BLM), defines the BLM concept where data is created on one storage system, then migrated to less expensive storage systems as it ages.
Asigra Backup Tiers
Data that is 2 minutes old is highly valued.
Data that is 2 months old may be of interest but is not as highly valued.
Data that is 2 years old may be needed for records but it is not critical to the daily functioning of the company.
DS-System – Primary Storage-Business-Critical Operational Data
Business Critical Operation Data contains the files, databases, email systems, etc., that are needed for operations on a day-to-day basis. All data that is critical to business operations data should be stored in the DS-System Tier.
BLM Archiver – Policy based retention of older data
Large file servers or other large repositories of potentially older data can be moved to BLM, Cost savings are the primary benefit by allowing storage of older data and automatic retention policies that move aged data into the lower cost tier. BLM Archiver can also be leveraged to provide storage of past generations of data while keeping the most recent version in business critical DS-System.
Managecast will help with analyzing your data to determine a protection method to best suit your recovery requirements and budget. There are many options to protect business data by strategically identifying the value and aligning the cost to protect it.
BLM Cloud Storage – For Low-Cost, Rarely Retrieved Files
Typically for files older than 1 year, BLM Cloud Storage is a method to cost effectively protect large data sets that are still needed for reference, compliance, and infrequent restores.
Files older than a specified age can be selected to move to long-term cloud storage and are generally grouped in large chucks from 250GB on up to multiple terabytes and then copied to long-term archive on disk.
Customers can utilize Amazon S3 cloud storage or use Managecast Enterprise Cloud Storage