Includes WAFS, Wide Area Data Services or WDS, Replication.
Remote Offices have been the bane of IT for decades. Issues surrounding performance, collaboration, bandwidth management and latency abound. In this area of research Taneja Group analysts define a variety of new technologies and their pros and cons, the issues they solve, the players that are active and how they differentiate themselves from each other. Taneja Group analysts also provide guidance to IT as it struggles to evaluate new technologies and implement these new technologies in a coherent manner.
Deduplication is a foundational technology for efficient backup and recovery. Vendors may argue over product features – where to dedupe, how much capacity savings, how fast are its backup speeds -- but everyone knows how central dedupe is to backup success.
However, serious pressures are forcing changes to the backup infrastructure and dedupe technologies. Explosive data growth is changing the whole market landscape as IT struggles with bloated backup windows, higher storage expenses, and increased management overhead. These pain points are driving real progress: replacing backup silos with expanded data protection platforms. These comprehensive systems backup from multiple sources to distributed storage targets, with single console management for increased control.
Dedupe is a critical factor in this scenario, but not in its conventional form as a point solution. Traditional dedupe, or Dedupe 1.0 as it is sometimes referred to, is suited to backup silos. Moving deduped data outside the system requires rehydrating, which impacts performance and capacity between the data center, ROBO, DR sites and the cloud. Dedupe must expand its feature set in order to serve next generation backup platforms.
A few vendors have introduced new dedupe technologies but most of them are still tied to specific physical backup storage systems and appliances. Of course there is nothing wrong with leveraging hardware and software to increase sales, but storage system-specific dedupe means that data must rehydrate whenever it moves beyond the system. This leaves the business with all the performance and capacity disadvantages the infrastructure had before.
Federating dedupe across systems goes a long way to solve that problem. HP StoreOnce extends consistent dedupe across the infrastructure. Only HP implements the same deduplication technology in four places: target appliance, backup/media server, application source and virtual machine. This enables data to move freely between physical and virtual platforms and source and target machines without the need to rehydrate.
This paper will describe the challenges of data protection in the face of huge data growth, why dedupe is critical to meeting the challenges, how HP is achieving its vision of federated dedupe with StoreOnce –- and what HP’s StoreOnce VSA announcement and achievement means to backup service providers, enterprise ROBO, and SMB customers.
Collaboration is a huge concept, even narrowing it down to enterprise file collaboration (EFC) is still a big undertaking. Many vendors are using “collaboration” in their marketing materials yet they mean many different things by it, ranging from simple business interaction to sophisticated groupware to data sharing and syncing on a wide scale. The result is a good deal of market confusion.
Frankly, vendors selling file collaboration into the enterprise cannot afford massive customer confusion because selling file collaboration into the enterprise is already an uphill battle. First, customers – business end-users – are resistant to changing their Dropbox and Dropbox-like file share applications. As far as the users are concerned their sharing is working just fine between their own devices and small teams.
IT is very concerned about this level of consumer-level file sharing and if they are not, they should be. But IT faces a battle when it attempts to wean thousands of end-users off of Dropbox on the users’ personal devices. There must be a business advantage and clear usability for users who are required to adopt a corporate file sharing application on their own device.
IT must also have good reasons to deploy corporate file sharing using the cloud. From their perspective the Dropboxes of the world are fueling the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) phenomenon. They need to replace consumer-level file collaboration applications with an enterprise scale application and its robust management console. However, while IT may be anxious about BYOD and insecure file sharing it is not usually the most driving need on their full agenda. They need to understand how an EFC solution can solve a very large problem, and why they need to take advantage of the solution now.
What is the solution? Enterprise file collaboration (EFC) with: 1) high scalability, 2) security, 3) control, 4) usability, and 5) compliance. In this landscape report we will discuss these five factors and the main customer drivers for this level of enterprise file collaboration.
Finally, we will discuss the leading vendors that offer enterprise file collaboration products and see how they stack up against our definition.
Microsoft officially acquired StorSimple on November 15, 2012. StorSimple was a relative startup that had been shipping products for about 18 months. Why did Microsoft buy StorSimple? What is the strategy behind the purchase? Where will Microsoft take this newly acquired technology? These are many of the questions we are being asked at present. Here is our view....
This paper examines CTERA’s storage and data protection solution for large-scale remote and branch offices (ROBOs), and demonstrates its fundamental advantages over alternative approaches, including a real-world customer example and comparative cost assessment.
eBook on Cloud Storage -- 6 Critical Questions and Answers You Need to Know
Cloud storage can be a beast to wrangle. Deciding which applications to move into the cloud, understanding how to select and deal with a cloud storage provider, deciding on cloud storage solutions – none of these are easy. Is it worth it?
It's worth it, but it’s vital that you do into it with your eyes wide open. There are many, many questions you need to ask before entrusting your data to a cloud storage provider. Questions like:
#1. What is your system uptime?
#2. What data availability service levels do you support?
#3. How easy is it to move my data to another provider?
#4. What data protection service levels do you provide?
#5. What is your level of performance?
#6. What applications can I best host in the cloud?
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How to Improve Disaster Recovery for the Enterprise:Advanced Replication Powered by WAN Optimization
In this profile we examine the business and technology trends that complicate and increase the cost of enterprise-wide DR planning, and we summarize the proven benefits of disk-to-disk backup and replication technologies. We then dive deeper, and explore the critical role WAN optimization plays in unlocking DR efficiencies when deployed along with these data protection solutions. WAN optimization enables the enterprise to do more with its current network capacity—more frequent and faster backups and replication, plus faster recovery—while leveraging new capacity quickly and efficiently. We conclude that a WAN optimization solution, when combined with advanced replication technologies, delivers remarkable flexibility, performance, and cost benefits for multi-datacenter enterprise disaster recovery.