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Recovery is NOT #3

Posted by Preston on 2009-10-13

There’s a Top 10 Reasons marketing document from EMC now explaining why you should be using NetWorker.

While obviously this is a marketing document, it has one serious flaw above and beyond any issues that people may have over standard marketing documents. It puts recovery at the wrong numbered item.

The first reason, according to the document, is about driving costs out of the environment. Sure, that’s a reason for deployment of an integrated solution, but it’s not the number 1 reason. The second reason is apparently due to closed backup windows. That is a good second reason, but it doesn’t have priority over the real number one reason.

The third reason they cite on the document is:

If your backups don’t recover, neither will your business.

NetWorker is the leader in recovery performance – up to 100 percent faster than the alternatives. It delivers fast, secure, and reliable data and server recovery to ensure you meet your required service levels.

Who in their right mind would put this at #3 on a list of reasons? Backup is recovery – or rather, it’s all about recovery. Whoever put this marketing document together was wrong on one very, key point:

Recovery is and has always been Number One.

(If you think that’s wrong, just go talk to all the Sidekick users…)

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