The saying, “The more things change, the more things stay the same,” applies well to one area that continues to top the IT priorities list for organizations year in and year out – data protection. The Enterprise Strategy Group’s (ESG) 2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey found that improving data backup and recovery was the second highest IT priority, just behind information security initiatives. This doesn’t look much different than the 2010 survey, which had improving data backup and recovery in the third spot, just behind increasing the use of server virtualization and information security.
The source of the data protection problem is two-fold:
- The amount of data that needs to be stored and protected is growing dramatically and there is an increasing inability to complete backups within defined windows
- Service Level Agreements for Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) grow stricter with each passing year
These problems are compounded by legacy approaches to data protection, which require multiple point products from storage-based snapshots, storage-based remote mirroring, deduplication appliances, backup and recovery software and WAN optimization tools, to name a few. And all of these products don’t actually deliver the desired end result! According to a survey of 3,300 IT decision makers, “Businesses using three or more vendors to supply data protection solutions lost three times as much data as those who unified their data protection strategy around a single vendor.”*
Unlike other vendors who have an A to Z assortment of data protection tools that they sell or converged infrastructure vendors who only focus on compute and primary storage, SimpliVity natively incorporated data protection into its hyperconverged infrastructure from the start. It was not an afterthought or technology bolted on after an acquisition. With native VM-level backup, restore, and disaster recovery capabilities, organizations’ most critical assets are fully protected.
SimpliVity provides full, logical backups without sacrificing performance from the start – IOPS are not consumed, since the backup is simply a metadata update. And, as always with SimpliVity, all data is deduplicated, compressed, and optimized at inception once and forever across all phases of the data lifecycle, globally – which reduces IOPS, WAN bandwidth, and remote processing. As a result, backups can complete in seconds and our customers have seen dramatic RPO and RTO improvements. Research from TechValidate found that 63% of SimpliVity customers achieved a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of minutes and 92% now have an RTO of minutes to hours.
Interested in learning more? Catch our webinar with Forrester Research on July 14 and watch my colleague, Brian Knudston, discuss data protection here:
*Vanson Bourne, “EMC Global Data Protection Index”. 2014