In the last installment of our Data Protection Buyer’s Guide blog series, we provided a checklist of key things to consider when assessing a change in your backup and recovery environment. Beginning with this post, we’ll start delving into critical attributes of a modern backup and recovery solution in order to help you understand available options for data protection.

We begin with an explanation of hyperconverged platforms and how these solutions can help enterprises eliminate the siloed infrastructure associated with legacy backup environments.

Hyperconverged solutions are known for integrating storage, networking, and compute into a single product – all with a single management pane. These hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) systems are highly efficient, leveraging software-defined technologies that allow for very granular control of resources, the ability to scale out effortlessly, and the ability to run on commodity components. Combined, these features lead to predictability of cost.

HCI has emerged as a leading contender for primary production workloads. And thanks to the nature of hyperconvergence, it’s an even better fit for secondary environments, especially backup and recovery.  Secondary data – which consists of backup as well as archival for long-term data retention, test and dev, file shares, object storage, and analytics – causes many problems in the data center. It runs in silos, it’s very inefficient (think silos), and the data is very dark with poor visibility into it.

Even if you’re not already using hyperconvergence in your tier 1 (or primary workload) setting, HCI is likely to be an excellent option for your data protection needs. Here are a couple of reasons why:

  • First – A hyperconverged platform eliminates those legacy backup silos. You already have enough silos in IT.

The opportunity to consolidate these disparate silos into a single, unified solution (with backup software and target storage) makes it possible for you to quickly and easily deploy – and scale – your backup and recovery environment as needed.

  • Secondly – In the context of backup and recovery, hyperconverged can also apply to the kinds of services you can protect. A modern data protection solution needs to ensure that all the workloads you’re operating can be protected. As such, the solution needs to be able to:

* Protect your bare-metal servers as well as all your virtual machines (VMs), regardless of hypervisor.

* Provide full support for your enterprise applications and databases.

* Protect your primary storage systems and NAS devices.

While evaluating the next modern backup solution, the storage architect should look at an offering that eliminates silos.

That’s all for Hyperconverged Platforms. Next time we’ll define what a single, simple management interface is and how it eliminates the issue of juggling multiple, fragmented UIs to configure backup workflows.

If you’re interested in learning more about what qualifies as a modern data protection solution, check out this Data Protection Buyer’s Guide.

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