RAPid™ Data Protection Designed for Healthcare
BridgeHead’s RAPid Data Protection provides healthcare organizations optimized data protection and recovery for any application.
Application protection and disaster recovery (DR) are clearly high up on the agenda for healthcare IT organizations. As healthcare providers increase their technology footprint, it is essential they have a robust protection strategy for their systems and data should the unthinkable happen. However, a ‘disaster’ does not have to be characterized by freak natural occurrences such as earthquakes and floods, though they clearly do happen. More often than not, it can be as simple as a power outage or system corruption. In the event that such circumstances arise, healthcare facilities require the ability to restore quickly so as not to impact the delivery of patient care.
Structure of an Application
Healthcare applications typically consist of data objects, files, databases and services. Each need to be considered for effective protection.
BridgeHead’s RAPid™ Data Protection offers an alternative to traditional backup methods by providing a better approach to safeguarding healthcare data. By recognizing that systems are made up of discrete parts: data objects, files, databases and virtual machines; and that these parts have unique requirements when it comes to their protection, BridgeHead’s RAPid Data Protection is able to use the right backup methodology for the right job.
As a result, BridgeHead’s RAPid Data Protection enables healthcare facilities to ensure that their applications and data are sufficiently protected:
- Business Continuity – ensuring data is available beyond an outage or disaster for the continued running of healthcare operations
- Application Resilience and Integrity – avoiding corruption or loss of data to maintain the stability of critical healthcare applications
- Backup Optimization – providing complete protection for applications and data within reasonable timeframes
- Backup Leveraging Advanced Storage Technology (BLAST) – leveraging today’s storage technology to provide application consistency
- Recovery Optimization – separating application and file protection to improve Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO).
How BridgeHead’s RAPid Data Protection Works
BridgeHead’s RAPid Data Protection utilizes a combination of Automated Object Protection (AOP) and System Level Backup (SLB) methods from within a single environment, enabling the easy set-up and management of policies to support the protection and recovery requirements of healthcare applications.
Automated Object Protection
RAPid’s Automated Object Protection (AOP) helps healthcare organizations to optimize the safeguarding of their application’s data objects (typically files), generally recognized as the most difficult resources to secure. It does this by applying policies to ensure that these objects are individually protected and rapidly available in the event of original data corruption or loss.
System Level Backup
RAPid’s System Level Backup (SLB) provides healthcare facilities with the ability to create a complete copy of an entire application (service, database and objects) for rapid recovery should there be a system outage, corruption, loss or disaster. There are multiple methods by which System Level Backups can be carried out (each with its own advantages and disadvantages). Which system is used will depend on the use case.
Optimized Application Protection
With RAPid, application protection becomes a two-pronged process. Continuous automated policies work to backup the individual data objects as they become eligible for protection. At regular intervals, the System Level Backup is carried out to protect the remainder of the data objects along with the application and services. Because the System Level Backup has less to do, backup windows are greatly reduced and the frequency at which they can be taken is increased – this offers dramatic improvements for both RPO and RTO.
“The BridgeHead RAPid approach combines the company’s deep knowledge of healthcare applications with a unified backup and archiving offering for data protection that is ideal for hospitals. Because RAPid takes two angles on data reduction – Single instancing with archive and deduplication with backup – no matter what type of healthcare data is being managed, hospitals get an optimized data footprint which is faster, easier and less expensive to manage. Because of the unique approach of combining optimized protection, the BridgeHead RAPid approach can cover 99.9% of the types of data that a hospital has to manage.”
Managing Director & Analyst
DATA MOBILITY GROUP
Features & Benefits
BridgeHead’s RAPid™ Data Protection ensures that applications and data are sufficiently protected and quickly recoverable by:
Improving RPO & RTO
Dramatically improves recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO) for 99.9% of healthcare applications
Offering Application-aware Protection
Utilizes a combination of backup and archiving techniques to provide an application-aware protection strategy for systems and their objects
Provides a better platform for recovery, both in terms of speed, ease of use and reduced data loss
Reducing Storage Footprint
Reduces storage and network requirements through single instancing and compression, combined with deduplication
Working With Existing Backup Tools
Vendor neutrality allows RAPid to work with a healthcare organization’s existing third-party backup products where required
Providing Full Data Management
Part of a single, consolidated Healthcare Data Management (HDM) Solution for all applications and data in the healthcare organization – reducing costs and administrative burdens
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