Rumor has it that things won’t be any better for our heroes this season. Could there be something after the zombie apocalypse? No one knows; but what we do know is that individual groups escaped from the prison after its downfall, attempting to survive as they follow a line of railroad tracks to a supposed safe zone named Terminus.
But could this plot also apply to enterprise backup?
Season 5 of The Walking Dead opens with the Termites holding Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and most of the others in a railroad car. But, like the Termites situation, is it possible that your data protection strategy is being held hostage?
For example: how do you protect large, high I/O, or non-Windows VMs with agentless backup?
While application-aware agentless backup seems ideal, it’s far from reality. If you don’t have permanent agents, you may have to deal with account management issues. This means setting Local Admin privileges for each and every VM. Wouldn't this become unmanageable as you scale your environment?
Further, if you run more than just Windows Servers, how do you backup Oracle, SAP, and DB2 in Linux or UNIX environments with Windows-only Volume Shadow copy services?
And what about capacity? How do you keep costs low if your backup software is highly dependent upon 3rd party hardware products for deduplication or separate software components to forecast storage consumption? Often, these costs are overlooked during a proof-of-concept.
Bottom-line: The Walking Dead teaches us to survive in the most extreme conditions. While you probably won't need to recover your data due to a zombie apocalypse, your backup strategy needs to be smarter than a mindless zombie. In the words of The Governor from The Walking Dead, "You can’t think forever. Sooner or later, you gotta make a move."
What’s your move?