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Storage and Data Protection ServicesData Protection is any process or technology that makes a secondary copy of data. Taking copies in the course of a day provides an “insurance policy” should the primary data be lost or corrupted. An effective data protection strategy includes local backup copies for operational recovery, and remote backup copies for disaster recovery at an off-site location.

Sounds simple, right? Not exactly. Lots can go wrong with data protection strategies. There are lots of factors to consider: how the copy is made, where it is stored, how long it is retained, how frequently copies are made, how much has to be copied, how much time it takes to make the copy, and more. And, just when you think you’ve perfected data protection in your environment, something changes and disrupts an established data protection process, schedule, or component.

PTS’ IT Storage & Data Protection Consulting Services provides a comprehensive analysis of storage, storage area network, and data security within the enterprise network. These services include four key components: needs analyses for future storage area network design; site surveys of current storage area network infrastructure (if needed); storage area network assessments to analyze requirements against numerous designs, manufacturer solutions, and key decision criteria; and, planning to provide technology roadmaps, budget, and timelines for future design and implementation.

Our storage area network specialists work with the latest design tools and perform a vendor agnostic consultative program to focus upon your key requirements – independent of particular manufacturer products. After careful requirements analysis for current and future needs, PTS performs intensive site surveys looking at current SAN storage architectures within the enterprise as well as nears and long-term needs.

PTS considers various elements for proper storage & data protection design including, but not limited to:

  • Storage Scalability
  • Storage Capacity
  • Storage Availability
  • Storage Recoverability
  • Storage Performance
  • Storage monitoring & management techniques
  • Data protection systems architecture
  • Configuration data
  • Current & future server virtualization architectures
  • Data Tiering Architecture
  • RAID Analysis
  • Systems utilization and virtualization rates
  • Data types and structures
  • Network Cabling Management
  • Load balancing
  • Storage budgets
  • Applications environments
  • Use of thin provisioning within the enterprise
  • Zoning Fibre Channel Information Governance Requirements(if using Fibre Channel SAN solutions)

Data Protection – Virtualized Data Centers

Virtualizing your data center is one of those catalyst events that “breaks” data protection. Pre-virtualization, you probably leveraged traditional backup software and performed file-level backup to and recovery from disk and/or tape. Post-virtualization, you were probably adapting your data protection to take advantage of hypervisor APIs to facilitate LAN-free image backup of virtual machines. The switch helped you eliminate inefficiency and resource contention, but required more data protection components – and costs. Backup software, backup hardware, deduplication features or standalone products, and WAN optimization add to the cost and complexity of virtual machine data protection.

Data Protection – Remote/Branch Offices

If you have multiple locations to oversee, how challenging is it to ensure data protection? There are pros and cons to centralizing data protection, and there are pros and cons to maintaining remote infrastructure for local data protection. A centralization strategy requires transfer of backup data across a WAN, which could extend the time it takes to complete your backup, and be more costly due to bandwidth requirements. A distributed strategy allows you to maintain data protection at the remote/branch office. However, you may have challenges remotely managing and troubleshooting data protection issues if the remote office is not staffed. Ideally, your remote office data protection strategy should allow for both local and off-site copies, highly efficient transfer of data, and centralized management.

Data Protection – Disaster Recovery

Your data protection strategy is incomplete without disaster recovery. Operational recovery happens every day. A disk or server fails, a database table gets corrupted, or you have a software defect. Having a local backup to use for recovery ensures minimal downtime. Disaster recovery is less common. A systemic failure, or natural or man-made disaster creates a situation where access to physical resources and data copies housed at a remote location is required.

Even though virtualization created challenges in data protection, it also enabled big improvements in disaster recovery, including:

  • Encapsulating the virtual machine into a single file to enable mobility.
  • Eliminating the need to mirror the physical system for disaster recovery.
  • Delivering flexibility with disaster recovery testing.

Virtualization is facilitating disaster recovery for organizations that thought implementing it was too complex or costly. In addition to virtualization enabling physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual disaster recovery scenarios to reduce expenses, hyperconverged infrastructure is impacting the economics of disaster recovery.

Data Protection – Efficiency with Deduplication

Deduplication reduces bandwidth and storage capacity needs by eliminating redundant data and retaining only one unique instance of the data on storage media. Replacing redundant data with a pointer to the unique data takes significantly less storage capacity. Considering the multiple copies made for data protection, introducing efficiency with deduplication in data protection processes is key.

There are lots of techniques for determining redundancy, and, at the end of the day, splitting hairs over deduplication ratios is not what’s important. Efficiency is key, but you will want to understand the risks and tradeoffs of the different deduplication approaches. One key aspect to decipher is “inline” versus “post-process” deduplication.

Performing deduplication “inline” is efficient. Before data is written to disk, deduplication occurs. “Post process” can be less efficient. That’s because data is written to disk in its regular state, and then, at a later time, a process kicks off to read the data and deduplicate it. Writing data to disk, reading data from disk, deduplicating data, and writing data to disk again takes up resources unnecessarily. Any contention for resources slows application performance. One thing that’s important to note is that data remains in its deduplicated state throughout its lifecycle. If a copy is taken for backup, the copy is made in this optimized state. There’s no process of “rehydrating” data to make backup copies and re-deduplicating it after.

Deduplication addresses another (even larger) issue in today’s modern data center. IOPS requirements have increased by 10x in post-virtualization environments. Hard disk drive IOPS are stagnant and can’t keep pace with today’s requirements. Using more flash storage is one way to address this problem. However, flash is pricey and it’s only suitable for portions of the data lifecycle. Worrying about having adequate capacity to keep pace with data growth is no longer what keeps IT professionals up at night. Ensuring adequate performance/IOPS to fuel application requirements is the challenge – and achieving it in the most efficient way.

Data Protection – Public Cloud Storage

When you’re lacking a second site, it creates a hole in your data protection strategy. Where do you store off premises copies for disaster recovery? That’s why public cloud storage is becoming more popular in data protection strategies. Transferring copies to and storing copies in a public cloud repository is a failsafe measure if you don’t maintain a second site.

Since only the last full copy is required for disaster recovery and public cloud storage services are consumed on a per-use basis – in this case, based on capacity – public cloud storage is cost-effective. It’s even more compelling when the backup copy is capacity and bandwidth optimized.

If the primary production system and any local copies become unavailable due to a disaster, you can reconstitute the physical environment and recover the public cloud computing copy to resume operations.

PTS’ Storage & Data Protection Consulting Services serve as a basis for design in the progression of the data center or computer room project process. They include the first four steps in the eleven-step process.

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Data Protection Products and Solutions 

Simplivity IT TechnolobySimpliVity Converged Infrastructure Drives Modernization

Companies today are under continued pressure to leverage IT for competitive advantage, while being constrained by the cost and complexity of deploying it. Post-virtualization data centers are challenged to deliver the scalability, efficiency and economics of cloud computing while maintaining the performance, resiliency and manageability of enterprise IT. SimpliVity delivers the best of both worlds. OmniStack, their novel technology, powers an assimilated IT infrastructure platform that achieves superior data efficiency by deduplicating, compressing and optimizing all data at inception in real time, once and forever, and without performance penalties. It also natively integrates data protection and cloud enablement to provide further operational efficiency and TCO reduction.

Tintri smart storageTintri ReplicateVM

Tintri ReplicateVM radically simplifies enterprise data protection and disaster recovery operations for virtual environments. Operating at a per-VM level enables a more granular approach to policy customization and enables VM agility with individual VM replication and remote cloning. Combining VM granularity with intelligent deduplication and compression reduces WAN bandwidth usage by up to 95 percent and results in high performance data transport.

VeeamVeeam is Modern Data Protection

Veeam believes today’s IT requirements have changed and that “3C” legacy backup problems - high costs, increased complexity and missing capabilities - are no longer acceptable for any organization. Veeam provides powerful, easy-to-use and affordable solutions that are Built for Virtualization™ and the Cloud - a perfect fit for the modern data center.

  

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