The Changing Role of Backup and Secondary Storage

  • Hyperconverged Infrastructure Changed how Enterprises Consume Infrastructure
  • Leveraging the Power of Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Backup and Secondary Storage
  • Integration Turns Scale-Out Storage into Hyperconverged Secondary Storage

The role of backup and secondary storage is changing in the data center. … Leverage the power of hyperconverged infrastructure for backup and secondary storage. Simplify management, operational efficiency and support. Predict scalability with granular application recovery.

As IT infrastructure is commoditizing, hyperconverged architectures bring cloud-like management experience, better scalability, simpler software and increased integration. Customers are relying on hyperconverged vendors to architect systems that balance computing power, storage and networking resources. These solutions liberate IT from the grunt work of knowing all the details that impact design and knowing the locations of bottlenecks.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Changed how Enterprises Consume Infrastructure

The goal of hyperconverged infrastructure is to eliminate complexity in the data center by collapsing compute, storage, networking and virtualization into a simple to manage scale-out building block replacing separate servers, storage networks and storage arrays.

The goal of hyperconverged infrastructure is to eliminate complexity in the data center by collapsing compute, storage, networking and virtualization into a simple to manage scale-out building block replacing separate servers, storage networks and storage arrays.

While vertically integrating physical silos into a single, simple, scale-out architecture has operational benefits, the success of hyperconverged infrastructure comes from its simplified, integrated management and application awareness; what previously was three silos of resources and a hypervisor on top is now federated, distributed and integrated into a single management and data plane across all physical nodes. The management software aggregates all resources into a single pool and eliminates separate management solutions for servers, storage, storage networks and virtualization.

There are many advantages of using hyperconverged infrastructure, but organizations tend to go with hyperconverged infrastructure for these specific reasons. All-in-all, customers cite1 improved operational efficiency (27%), reduced cost (26%) and improved scalability (24%) as expected results from hyperconverged infrastructure.

Designing, sizing and ordering made simple

Hyperconverged infrastructure systems come pre-integrated and fully supported; unlike traditional three-tier infrastructure where the customer is responsible for the integration points between silos and working across silos to identify issues, hyperconverged infrastructure comes in pre-built packages, which make design, sizing and procurement easy.

Leveraging the Power of Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Backup and Secondary Storage

So how do you actively make the most of both your secondary storage platform and backup? Given the topic of this paper, the easy answer would be: “combine backup and secondary storage into the hyperconverged infrastructure,” but the reality is a little more complex.

Let’s try to unravel that complexity to understand how to make the most out of your secondary storage platform. We’ll talk about two important pillars:

  • Hyperconverged secondary storage
  • Best-in-class backup and recovery software

Integration Turns Scale-Out Storage into Hyperconverged Secondary Storage

A major benefit of hyperconverged infrastructure is the level of integration to create a turnkey solution.

A scale-out architecture on its own does not solve issues around integration of all the components that make up such a system. As discussed, a major benefit of hyperconverged infrastructure is the level of integration to create a turnkey solution. This integration turns a collection of adjacent technologies into a single, engineered solution that makes designing and sizing, ordering, deployment, managing, scaling and support easy. Horizontal integration expands the data primary fabric to secondary storage and even to public cloud, eliminating the need for traditional archival devices.

Best-in-Class Backup Software Creates a True Hyperconverged, Integrated Backup Solution

A hyperconverged stack fixes many issues with designing, sizing, ordering and deploying secondary storage, as it’s still just the storage part of the equation. It needs best-in-class backup software to make the most of it and become hyperconverged backup. Instead of manually bolting on products from different vendors on top of secondary storage to create hyperconverged backup, the keyword, again, is integration.

Download this white paper to learn how to:

  • Leverage the power of hyperconverged infrastructure for backup and secondary storage
  • Simplify management, operational efficiency and support
  • Predict scalability with granular application recovery
  • Design for the future, not the past
  • Scale with the business in simple steps

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