Challenges for Backup Administrators
Whether you’re relying on traditional backup solutions or those specifically designed for virtualized workloads, you probably feel like you’re never quite done addressing data protection issues. There’s too much data and too little time to back it up. Virtualization is accelerating, new applications are coming online, and data from remote offices is traversing bandwidth-constrained networks. Recovery objectives have become more and more (and more) aggressive because, let’s face it, no business can tolerate more than an hour or two of downtime. The operational overhead and high cost to maintain the various layers of protection are increasing, while budgets are flat or decreasing. Ready to say “uncle?”
Don’t give up yet. Your modern data center just needs modern data protection. And what makes data protection modern? Simplicity. Efficiency. VM-centricity.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Modernizes Backup
SimpliVity provides a virtual computing platform to not only run your business-critical applications, but to run them with confidence. Native data protection is a feature of SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure’s original design; it wasn’t an afterthought.
Simplicity starts with hyperconvergence. All infrastructure and services below the hypervisor are assimilated in an x86 building block. Data center services, such as backup, replication, deduplication and WAN optimization run alongside business applications. As business demands dictate, additional building blocks are added to the federation of hyperconverged infrastructure to increase resources.
Backups are easily managed through a vCenter console. Backup policies are established for each workload: frequency of backups, how long to retain a backup, backup destination (a local or remote cluster or public cloud), and determining either application or crash consistency. Full backups of VMs are automated, and backup copies can be replicated to a remote cluster for disaster recovery purposes.
Recovery is just as simple. Through a vCenter VM view, simply right-click on any VM to take an action. And, disaster recovery is even simpler. Deploying SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure building blocks in two sites— with each system being the disaster recovery target for the other – facilitates disaster recovery. SimpliVity captures backup copies at the primary site and optimizes their transfer and storage to the disaster recovery site.
Data efficiency is a core feature of SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure. All data is deduplicated, compressed and optimized once at inception—before it is written to disk. And it stays in this optimized state forever.
Data operations on VMs, such as backup and replication, are, in turn, highly optimized because the data is already in a deduplicated, compressed and optimized state. Copies of VMs for backup and transfer of the copies between SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure nodes within and across data centers are already capacity- and bandwidth-optimized. There’s no additional processing that has to occur, and, therefore, no unnecessary consumption of resources required. Since backups use a minimal amount of storage capacity, which means there’s more room for more copies can be made as frequently as every 10 minutes.
Efficiency extends to operations as well, minimizing the time required to babysit data protection. Backup processes are automated based on established policies. With management of backup, recovery and disaster recovery from the familiar vCenter interface, there’s no specialized training required.
Traditional infrastructure management focuses at the component level. For example, managing LUNs, aggregates and shares of storage. Software-defined infrastructure shifts the focus to the workload or application. A VM-centric approach is more application aware since all interactions are for VM images. VM-centricity provides more intelligent services, such as backup and replication, on a per-VM basis.
Benefits With SimpliVity’s Native Backup
Deploying SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure with its native data protection and data efficiency dramatically simplifies backup, recovery and disaster recovery. It eliminates the need for third-party data protection and deduplication software and hardware, reducing floor space, and power and cooling requirements. Further, its data efficiency features reduce capacity and bandwidth requirements.
More importantly, SimpliVity introduces operational efficiency, alleviating a significant burden from your To-Do list—all while providing you with greater confidence that your company’s applications and data are protected.