Backing up and restoring the critical data and business applications in remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations has always been a challenge, especially when you don’t have IT personnel in the distributed sites. With the ever-increasing volume of ROBO data—multiplied by dozens or more remote offices—you can imagine why IT organizations are looking for faster, more reliable, and more cost-effective ROBO data protection solutions.
For ROBO backup and recovery, you have a few options: perform on-premises backup at the ROBO, perform a remote backup of ROBO data to a centralized location, or do nothing. Given the constraints of ROBO environments, the first two present real challenges. The third option of doing nothing only introduces risk to your organization. Let’s examine each in more detail.
- Perform on-premises backup/recovery at the ROBO. An on-premises strategy at the ROBO location requires local backup/recovery software and hardware, and a method to get a copy off site for disaster recovery. Many data protection solutions can be remotely managed—that is, until something goes wrong and operator intervention is required locally. If there is no technical staff at the ROBO, then on-site attention from non-technical staff may be required (which could be risky), or qualified staff must travel from the central location to the ROBO in support (which can get costly). For recovery, the potential impact of downtime and productivity loss when service is disrupted is minimized since data to recover is locally stored.
- Perform remote backup/recovery of ROBO data to a centralized location. A remote strategy means that backup data is transferred from the ROBO to the central data center over a WAN link. The time to complete a backup (or recovery) is dependent on the amount of data and the available bandwidth. As ROBO data requirements increase in volume, remote backup solutions challenge WAN capacity and backup performance, and increase costs due to higher bandwidth requirements and/or WAN optimization appliances. In addition, any WAN bottleneck in recovery will impact your ability to meet Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs).
- Do nothing. Do nothing = data at risk = business at risk = your job at risk = misery.
It sounds like there is no solution if the ideal scenario is to enable rapid local and remote copies that require small storage and bandwidth capacity footprints, and the ability to manage backup and recovery processes at ROBOs remotely from a central data center. On the contrary, there is.
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure completely changes the backup paradigm for ROBOs. SimpliVity’s OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform delivers a fundamental architectural advantage. The Data Virtualization Platform reduces IOPS and capacity requirements because it deduplicates, compresses, and optimizes all data the first time it is written to disk and maintains it in that state across all stages of the data lifecycle—including backup. SimpliVity’s built-in data deduplication, compression and optimization occurs globally—across all distributed ROBO locations—which contributes to, on average, 40:1 data efficiency. That means that backups require minimal storage capacity and WAN bandwidth. Backup/recovery jobs are also accelerated. RTOs and RPOs are measured in seconds to minutes—not hours or days.
Backup and recovery is initiated manually or automatically by policy. A single operator manages all backup and recovery activities from a central location. You don’t need specialized IT support at the ROBO, and you don’t need to rely on a bank teller or store manager in your remote site to manage third-party hardware or software.
The icing on the cake? SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure provides synchronous replication, providing high availability (HA) either locally or remotely.
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