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Profiles/Reports

How to Protect Your Small or Midsized Business with VMware Virtualization

Business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR) planning is becoming a critical mandate for all companies and especially for small and midsized businesses, where the cost of downtime and/or lost data can be devastating. If you have implemented virtualization, you already know how it can save you money on IT costs via server consolidation. But are you aware that the benefits of virtualization extend beyond IT cost savings, and that virtualization can also keep your business running through many types of planned and unplanned IT outages?

By leveraging BC/DR solutions from VMware, you can turn your investment in virtualization into an investment in your business. And protecting your business is easier than you might think. Backed by the virtualization industry’s largest IT and developer community, collection of BC/DR best practices, and network of channel partners, many IT managers are surprised how quickly they are able to deploy VMware BC/DR solutions in production, and in the process, demonstrate an ROI that goes well beyond mere cost reduction.

Publish date: 01/19/11
Profiles/Reports

Dell AppAssure: Data Protection made simple

Over the past few years, backup has become a busy market. For the first time in many years, a new wave of energy hit this market as small innovators sprang forth to try to tackle pressing challenges around virtual server backup. The market has taken off because of a unique set of challenges and simultaneous opportunities within the virtual infrastructure – with large amounts of highly similar data, interesting APIs for automation, and a uniquely limited set of IO and processing resources, the data behind the virtual server can be captured and protected in unique new ways. As innovators in turn attacked these opportunities, backup has been fundamentally changed. In many cases, backup has been put in the hands of the virtual infrastructure administrator, made lighter weight and vastly more accessible, and has become a powerful tool for data protection and data management.

In reality, the innovations with virtual backup have leveraged the unifying layer of virtualization to tackle several key backup challenges. These challenges have been long-standing in the practice of data protection, and include ever-tightening backup windows, ever more demanding recovery point objectives (RPO or the amount of tolerable data loss when recovering), short recovery time objectives (RTO or how long it takes to complete a recovery), recovery reliability, and complexity. Specialized data protection for the virtual infrastructure has made enormous progress in tackling these challenges, and simplifying the practice of data protection to boot.

But we’ve often wondered what it would take to bring the innovation from virtual infrastructure protection to a full-fledged backup product that could tackle both physical and virtual systems. At the recent request of Dell, Taneja Group Labs had the opportunity to look at just such a product. That product is AppAssure – a set of technology that seems destined to be the future architectural anchor for the many data protection technologies in Dell’s rapidly growing product portfolio. We jumped at the chance to run AppAssure through the paces in a hands-on exercise, as we wanted to see whether AppAssure had an architecture that might be poised to change how datacenter-wide protection is typically done, perhaps by making it more agile and accessible.

Publish date: 03/29/13
Profiles/Reports

Dell AppAssure 5: Unified Platform for Business Resiliency

Backup applications with large user bases have been vendor cash cows because their customers are reluctant to change such deeply embedded products. As long as the backup worked, it was out of sight and out of mind.
But the field is rapidly changing.

The push to virtualize applications saw traditional backup foundering. Traditional backup in the virtual arena suffered from heavy operational overhead on server, application host, network, and storage levels. The growing amount of VMs and virtualized data had a serious impact on storage resources. For example, each VMDK file represented an entire VM file system image, typically at least 2GB in size. File sizes led to issues for bandwidth, monitoring, and storage resources.

In response, some vendors developed innovative virtual backup products. They made virtual backup much more resource-efficient and easily manageable. Increased performance shrank backup window requirements, provided effective RPO and RTO, simplified the backup process and improved recovery integrity.  These tools changed the virtual data protection landscape for the better.

However, many of these startups offered limited solutions that only supported a single type of hypervisor and several physical machines. This left virtual and physical networks essentially siloed – not to mention the problem of multiple point products creating even more silos within both environments. Managing cross-domain data protection using a variety of point products became inefficient and costly for IT.

Traditional backup makers also scrambled to add virtualization backup support and succeeded to a point, but only a point. Their backup code base was written well before the mass appearance of the cloud and virtualization, and retrofitting existing applications only went so far to provide scalability and integration. There was also the inability to solve a problem that has plagued IT since the early days of backup tape – restore assurance. It has always been risky to find out after the fact that the backup you depended on is not usable for recovery. With data sets doubling every 18 months, the risk of data loss has significantly risen.

More modern backup solves some of these problems but causes new ones. Modern backup offers automated scheduling, manual operations, policy setting, multiple types of backup targets, replication schemes, application optimization, and more. These are useful features but they are also costly and resource-hungry: roughly 30% of storage costs go to IT operations alone. Another problem with these new features is their complexity. It is difficult to optimize and monitor the data protection environment, leading to a conservative estimate of about 20% failure in backup or recovery jobs. 

In addition, most data protection products offer average-to-poor awareness and integration into their backup tape and disk targets. This results in difficulty in setting and testing Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) for business applications. The last thing that IT wants is to cripple application recovery, but it is challenging to set meaningful RTO and RPO settings across multiple environments and applications, and extremely difficult to test them.
Even newer VM backup products are inadequate for modern enterprise data centers with physical and virtual layers running critical applications. Combine this with complex and mixed IT environments and it presents a very serious challenge for IT professionals charged with protecting data and application productivity.

What we are seeing now is next generation data protection that protects both virtual and physical environments in one flexible platform. Dell AppAssure is a leading pioneer in this promising field. AppAssure is rewriting the data protection book from limited point products to a highly agile data center protection platform with continual backup, instantaneous restore, backup assurance and a host of additional benefits.
 

Publish date: 06/27/13
Resources

Transforming Branch IT Delivery from Provisioning to Recovery

Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 

Time: 
11am PDT / 2pm EDT 

Organizations that operate remote and branch offices are often faced with a difficult choice: deploy servers and storage close to users at the edge to ensure local performance or consolidate to the data center to ensure control and safekeeping. A new architectural approach enables IT organizations to resolve the conflict by delivering the best of both worlds – local performance in the branch delivered from the data center. 

Join Riverbed Technology for an overview and discussion with industry analyst Taneja Group as they highlight breakthroughs in storage delivery that enable organizations to present datacenter-managed storage, servers, and applications as if they’re local in remote locations. You’ll learn how to: 
 

Ensure control of servers, applications, and data centrally to lower costs, improve security, centralize protection, and simplify management without impacting branch user performance
Recover a remote site and resume operations in minutes from the data center over the WAN
Provision, upgrade, and patch branch systems centrally and resume operations with minimal disruption
Lower costs and transform the delivery of IT services to remote offices like many other industries have already done, including government, healthcare, retail, legal, financial, manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, government, architecture, engineering, and construction

REGISTER HERE


Featured Speakers: 

Mike Matchett, Senior Analyst and Consultant, Taneja Group

Eric Carter, Director of Product Marketing,Riverbed

  • Premiered: 09/19/13 at 11:00am Pacific Time
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Mike Matchett
  • Sponsor(s): Riverbed Technology
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Riverbed Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Mike Matchett Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): storage delivery Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): IT Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): WAN Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Data Recovery Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Data protection Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Remote Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Branch Office Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Data Center
news

Riverbed Announces SteelFusion 3.0, the First Branch Converged Infrastructure that Centralizes Data

SteelFusion radically improves branch economics by fusing servers, storage, virtualization and networking into a single solution speeding provisioning by up to 30x and recovery by up to 96x

  • Premiered: 04/15/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: WSJ - MarketWatch
Topic(s): TBA Riverbed TBA SteelFusion TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Data Center TBA Data Recovery TBA Backup TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Virtualization TBA Server Virtualization TBA SAN TBA NetApp TBA EMC
Profiles/Reports

Unitrends Enterprise Backup 9.0: Simple and Powerful Data Protection for the Whole Data Center

Backup and recovery, replication, recovery assurance: all are more crucial than ever in the light of massively growing data. But complexity has grown right alongside expanding data. Data centers and their managers strain under the burdens of legacy physical data protection, fast-growing virtual data requirements, backup decisions around local, remote and cloud sites, and the need for specialist IT to administer complex data protection processes.

In response, Unitrends has launched a compelling new version of Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB): Release 9.0. Its completely revamped user interface and experience significantly reduces management overhead and lets even new users easily perform sophisticated functions using the redesigned dashboard. And its key capabilities are second to none for modern data protection in physical and virtual environments.

One of UEB 9.0’s differentiating strengths (indeed, the entire Unitrends product line) is the fact that in today’s increasingly more virtualized world, they still offer deep support for physical as well as virtual environments. This is more important than it might at first appear. There is a huge installed base of legacy equipment in existence and a lot of it has still not been moved into a virtual environment; yet it all needs to be protected. Within this legacy base, there are many mission-critical applications still running on physical servers that remain high priority protection targets. In these environments, many admins are forced to purchase specialized tools for protecting virtual environments separate from physical ones, or to use point backup products for specific applications. Both options carry extra costs by buying multiple applications that do essentially the same thing, and by hiring multiple people trained to use them.

This is why no matter how virtualized an environment is, if there is even one critical application that is still physical, admins need to strongly consider a solution that protects both. This gives the data center maximum protection with lower operating costs, since they no longer need multiple data protection packages and trained staff to run them.

This is where Unitrends steps in. With its rich capabilities and intuitive interface, UEB 9.0 protects data throughout the data center, and does not require IT specialists. This Product in Depth assesses Unitrends Enterprise Backup 9.0, the latest version of Unitrends flagship data protection platform. We put the new user interface through its paces to see just how intuitive it is, what information it provides and how many clicks it takes to perform some basic operations. We also did a deep dive into the functionality provided by the backup engine itself, some of which is a carryover from earlier versions and some which are new for 9.0.

Publish date: 09/17/15
news

Copy management systems demystified

The race for dominance in the copy data management market has stiffened as vendors offer competitive functionality and plan to expand their offerings.

  • Premiered: 09/06/16
  • Author: Steve Ricketts
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA copy data management TBA CDM TBA copy data TBA Data protection TBA primary data TBA compliance TBA analytics TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Backup TBA Storage TBA Actifio TBA Cohesity TBA Veritas TBA Virtualization TBA data virtualization TBA Virtual Appliance TBA EMC TBA Hitachi TBA IBM TBA Catalogic TBA CommVault TBA Snapshot TBA replication TBA data optimization TBA Oracle TBA indexing TBA SQL Server TBA SQL TBA API TBA SAP