Complexity is the enemy. Complexity in data centers leads to infrastructure that can’t be understood and can’t be managed effectively. Unfortunately, eliminating complexity can itself be complex. If you’re overwhelmed by the complexity in your data center, consider whether you can start cutting it down by using hyperconverged infrastructure with built-in backup and disaster recovery capabilities.
Conventional Backup Infrastructure is Complex
Backups traditionally require infrastructure that’s orthogonal to the infrastructure needed for production. Separate software needs to be licensed and installed. Backup media needs to be supported for long-term archiving as well as routine data restores. Cloud backup doesn’t eliminate the complexity of this infrastructure; it just moves the target.
Hyperconverged Instructure Eliminates Backup and Disaster Recovery Complexity
With hyperconverged infrastructure, backup and disaster recovery capabilities aren’t an add-on to the architecture; they’re a fundamental part of the design. This reduces the risk of failures that require recovery from backups and reduces the risk of backups that fail or don’t enable a successful recovery.
• Reduce the risk of systems failure. Hyperconverged infrastructure is designed with high-availability in mind. Because it is based on clusters of nodes, failure of a single component doesn’t bring the system down; another node can automatically step up to carry the load. With the risk of downtime reduced, there’s less likelihood you’ll need to turn to backups in the first place.
• Reduce the risk of backups failure. Many hyperconverged infrastructure products include integrated backup software. Their backup software is often third-party product aware, enabling application-consistent backups. There’s flexibility in selecting the target of the backup. Compression and deduplication reduce the load on your network. Taken together, these factors make managing backups simpler and means they’re less likely to fail.
• Reduce data silos. Because the backup software is an integrated part of the hyperconverged infrastructure product, there doesn’t need to be a separate team that supports it. The hyperconverged infrastructure means data protection software and hardware can be managed by the same team.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Choices
VAST IT Services supports several hyperconverged infrastructure products.
Nutanix hyperconverged infrastructure meets use cases including remote offices and private or hybrid cloud. Its integrated backup and disaster recovery solution enables businesses to meet tight recovery time and recovery point objectives.
Cohesity is hyperconverged infrastructure designed with secondary storage use cases, including backup. With Cohesity as your backup platform, backed up data isn’t at rest, waiting for a crisis; it’s available for use in analytics and other secondary workloads directly on the device.
Contact us to learn more about how hyperconverged infrastructure can simplify your backup and recovery process.