Why The ‘Golden Copy’ Changes The Rules For Data Protection

By January 31, 2016Uncategorized

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Before the new generation of backup software came around, data backup and restoration was a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. Plenty of manual work was required to re-hydrate and update backup data, and prepare it for restoration.


With the new generation of software, these rules have changed. RestorePoint’s Data Virtualization Platform no longer provide just a defense against data loss – it now offers tools to enhance the capacity of IT departments and eases the path to development and innovation.



The key to the new generation of data protection software is the creation of a golden copy of production data. Where old software merely restored production data to a point of time in the past, the new generation virtualizes production data into a living, breathing “golden copy.” This golden copy is maintained, updated, and mounted automatically with new data from production.


The golden copy is an up-to-date blueprint or template of your production data that has uses beyond data restoration. You can simply take a snapshot of your data and mount a version for long-term retention or compliance purposes.


It’s also not all-or-nothing like the old generation of backup. If you only need five terabits out of your company’s 10 terabits of data in order to perform a particular test or task, then you can call up a truncated version of your production data.



Think of the golden copy as a dropbox. Data can be shared without each user needing their own copy. You could give 50 developers a copy of your production data instantaneously. You can mount it or live clone it so that it can be constantly updated.


It allows you to run analytics without shutting down your whole system. For example, running analytics against a database carries the risk of overwhelming your production system. There’s no problem, though, if you run it against a virtualized copy of your production data.



The golden copy allows you to make your own rules. It is SLA-driven, so it is up to you to decide how many versions you wish to keep. The service level is applied automatically to the application. For example, not all databases are the same, so you get to choose the versioning that you need in order to test it or develop it.


In the old era of data restore, the rules were set in stone by your company’s recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs). With RestorePoint’s next generation platform, RPOs and RTOs approach zero, and you set the rules. How often to update the golden copy. How often to run de-duplication. The kind of testing and development you want to achieve.


The shackles of the old era of data restoration have been broken. Get ready to enjoy your freedom.