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The full 3-2-1 backup spectrum made remarkably easy

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Richard Treadway

Here at NetApp, we’re thrilled to announce the latest version of NetApp® BlueXP™ backup and recovery, designed to increase cyber resilience and reduce cost and complexity. This new release will make your life easier by automating the implementation of any variant of the full 3-2-1 backup spectrum, on a resource-by-resource basis, through a single control plane.

Problems with 3-2-1 backup

Now I'm sure that most of you are familiar with the 3-2-1 backup strategy. It's been the go-to backup approach for many businesses for years, and for good reason. But, let's face it, implementing a 3-2-1 backup strategy can be a real headache.

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, 3-2-1 backup means having three copies of your data: the original data and two backup copies. These backups are stored on two different types of media, with at least one of them being offsite. This strategy is intended to protect against data loss caused by anything from natural disasters to cyberattacks.

Sounds simple, right? Well, not exactly. The problem is that implementing a 3-2-1 backup strategy can be complicated and time consuming, especially when you need to rely on multiple tools and specially trained personnel.

Existing tools fall short when it comes to implementing a 3-2-1 backup strategy because they require manual intervention at every step of the process (local backup with tool A, format conversion with tool B, remote backup transmission with tool C, etc.). This complexity can lead to errors and inconsistencies that can compromise the effectiveness of your backup solution

Update your strategy with BlueXP backup and recovery

That's where BlueXP backup and recovery comes in. BlueXP automates the full 3-2-1 backup spectrum, even taking it to the next level by including variants such as 3-2-2, 3-2-1-1-0, and 4-3-2. You can choose the right strategy for a given workload, optimizing the cost for your implementation without adding complexity.

BlueXP backup and recovery: A single control plane for the full 3-2-1 backup spectrum variants.
BlueXP backup and recovery: A single control plane for the full 3-2-1 backup spectrum variants.

Let’s take a close look at how BlueXP backup and recovery makes implementing any 3-2-1 strategy remarkably easy with three key features.

  • The ability to create and manage local NetApp Snapshot™ copies, replications to secondary storage, and remote backups of all your NAS volumes, applications, and virtual machines. All regardless of whether the primary data is on premises or in the cloud. This means that you can protect your data wherever it resides, to make sure that your critical information is always available when you need it.
  • A single control plane to protect your data across the entire data estate. This means that you can manage all phases of your backup strategy from a single interface, making it easy to keep track of your data copies and to make sure that you’re always prepared for any data loss scenario.
  • An indexed catalog of your data and all your local Snapshot copies, secondary ONTAP® replications, and remote backup copies. This makes it easy to search, view, and restore any data you need, so that you can recover from any data loss scenario quickly and efficiently.

BlueXP backup and recovery is the perfect solution if you're looking to implement a 3-2-1 backup strategy with ease. With its single control plane, automated approach, ability to apply 3-2-1 variants by workload, and indexed catalog, you can protect your data without worrying about the complexities that come with traditional backup solutions.

BlueXP backup and recovery screen showing the full backup spectrum steps.
BlueXP backup and recovery screen showing the full backup spectrum steps.

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For more detail, see the BlueXP backup and recovery solution brief.

So, what are you waiting for? Experience how BlueXP backup and recovery can help your business protect its critical information.

Get started today.

Richard Treadway

Richard is responsible for BlueXP data protection, which provides backup and disaster recovery for ONTAP systems. Richard has over 30 years of experience developing and marketing complex software products, including the X Window and Motif standards. He holds an MS in computer science from the University of Vermont and a BA in sociology from Alfred University.

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