3. Backup based on applications, not servers. Group all relevant assets associated with a given
application (servers, virtual machines, databases and so on) into an application group for which you can directly
set and manage recovery SLAs. This will require data protection technology that allows administrators to organize,
schedule, view, and manage backups based on applications rather than servers and infrastructure.
4. Enable role-based access. Provide application administrators with direct visibility into the
recoverability of the specific IT services they are responsible for managing, and give them the capability to
leverage specialized data protection tools to perform granular, platform-specific backup and recovery tasks. This
will enable you to by-pass the time-consuming, two-step recovery process that makes application recovery so
challenging with most traditional backup strategies.
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