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Traditionally, most small to medium-sized companies have used magnetic tape technology for data backups. Intelligent disk backups (idb) technology is designed to provide the backup benefits of best-in-class tape backup solutions while simultaneously eliminating the challenges that these tape solutions have presented to companies looking for a reliable, practical and affordable data backup solution.

idb - The Best Backup Solution
Benefits of Traditional Tape Backup Solutions
Challenges of Traditional Tape Backup Solutions

idb - The Best Disk Backup Solution

To provide small and medium-sized business customers with a data backup solution that provides the benefits of tape back up technology while alleviating the challenges, Nitix-powered servers are capable of performing intelligent disk backups (idb).

Our idb technology uses industry standard (IDE) hard disk drives for backup media, instead of tapes. The cost-per-megabyte of storing data on these hard disk drives is often less than the already low cost-per-megabyte price of tape media. The speed and capacity of idb media is the same as a hard disk drive (because the media is a hard disk drive), which allows Nitix-powered servers to automatically perform continuous, unadministered incremental data backups, as often as every 15 minutes, minimizing the potential for a company to lose un-backed up data.
Unlike tapes, idb media will not degrade the more often it is written to. Like tapes, idb media is hot swappable so that customers can easily take idb media offsite for extra safety. We recommend that every idb user have at least one piece of idb media for offsite data storage.

When a new piece of idb media is placed in a Nitix-powered server, a full backup of all the data on that server is made. As idb media is rotated, the next data backup that idb performs is incremental to the most recent backup on the idb media that is in the Nitix-powered server; therefore, when performing a data recovery from idb, all the information required to complete the recovery will be conveniently on a single piece of idb media.

idb technology intelligently manages the data stored on an idb disk eliminating unnecessary redundant backup information while simultaneously ensuring that customers have as many different backups as possible to choose to recover from. Nitix-powered servers with larger capacity idb disks will be able to store more historical backup data.

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Benefits of Traditional Tape Backup Solutions

  1. The cost per megabyte of data backup is affordable.
  2. Tape media is hot-swappable: tape media can be removed from the server without having to turn the server off.
  3. Tape media can easily be taken off site for remote data storage.

Challenges of Traditional Tape Backup Solutions

  1. As the data storage and data backup requirements of an organization increase, acquiring an adequate tape backup solution (tape drive and multiple pieces of tape media) can become surprisingly expensive.
  2. The performance of tape drives is generally much slower than the performance of the hard disk drives that store a businesses' data. Since it takes a relatively long time to back data up to tape, businesses typically perform tape backups only overnight, which means that during the day data can be lost.
  3. The more often a piece of tape media is used, the more likely it is that a business will not be able to recover its data from that piece of tape media, because the media has worn out.
  4. The performance and storage capacity limitations of tape technology and the propensity of tape media to wear out have led tape drive manufacturers to recommend that business customers carry out sophisticated daily tape backup routines. These routines require multiple pieces of media and someone to diligently administer the tape backup process.
  5. Data recovery from tape often requires multiple tapes and if any one of the required tapes is missing or unreadable the recovery will fail.



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