Agentless Backup is Not a Myth

Executive Summary

Backup and recovery software typically requires agents that are installed onto servers that a system administrator wants to backup. Even in a modest-sized environment, agent management can become extremely complex when an administrator is forced to deal with different operating systems and revision levels. The complexity of agent management is further complicated by the growing number of applications that also require agents running on the same servers. This proliferation of agents and its associated drain on CPU resources is often referred to as “agent pollution”.

Dealing with backup software agents is a cumbersome and mundane task that can be extremely time consuming. Matching agent revisions with operating system levels, researching compatibility issues, and other labor-intensive tasks are nonexistent when using our solution.

Additionally, many problems that occur while managing backup software in complex environments are due to compatibility issues with agents. Compared to other solutions, our agentless design is inherently easier to support and the risk of problems is reduced. Finally, agents rob processing power from the core applications of every machine on which they’re installed. Our system makes no such demands on the servers it is backing up. Multiplied over thousands of machines, that extra power efficiency can mean significant savings and greener operations.

Seven Benefits of Agentless Backup

  • Significant savings.
  • Simple licensing.
  • One piece of software to install, manage, and diagnose.
  • WAN/LAN/CPU resource conservation.
  • Robust, hardcoded security.
  • Elegant scaling.
  • Backup consistency, improved recoverability.

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Agentless Architecture White Paper