Backups play crucial roles in assuring fast disaster recovery and business continuity. With HPE Nimble Storage, SimpliVity, and GreenLake, these data reserves remain protected and continuously updated.
There’s always a backup plan to rely on when things don’t go as planned, and the same certainly applies to data. After all, data is at risk of being compromised every day with the potential to be wiped out by sudden cyber attacks or hardware malfunctions. Such loss of data spells not only major inconveniences but also puts a company in serious peril — even at the risk of shutting down completely.
In such an incident, a surefire way of getting back lost data is with proactive measures, such as keeping data reserves on backup infrastructures. With data backups, organisations can quickly jump back to the usual operations and stay productive with little downtime.
Hard disk drives are one of the most popular ways to create backups. These drives are easy to use and have high capacity and retention options for full, secure data control. Yet, they are also vulnerable to threats that can result in data being inaccessible.
With HPE, organisations can continue to enjoy smooth, efficient backups boosted by better performance, speed, and security. Plus, these reserves can further business growth. The HPE portfolio offers a range of back up solutions. Here, we draw focus on HPE Nimble Storage, HPE SimpliVity, and HPE GreenLake backup services that apply to today’s remote working environments.
HPE Nimble Storage
Besides delivering intelligent storage capabilities, HPE Nimble Storage can take on backup and disaster recovery as well. Secondary flash arrays, integrated with Veeam software, are optimised to create near-instant backups with fast recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs). This is doable thanks to storage snapshots, which reduces the impact of backup and replication on the virtual machine (VM) environment. With better encryption, the Nimble Storage and Veeam combination protects the backup from any cyberattacks.
Better yet, high-performance flash storage on HPE Nimble Storage means organisations can do much more with their backup. Instead of saving it just as a reserve, data can be used to run real workloads with flash performance, such as Dev/Test, QA, patch testing, reporting, and analytics. Zero-copy clones let you re-use backup data and instantly spin up hundreds of application copies.
One of the key benefits of using HPE SimpliVity is that data backup is executed quickly. HPE SimpliVity delivers VM-centric backups, which are copies of virtual machines with no links or dependencies to the original. Each backup is deduplicated and compressed within the HPE SimpliVity Data Virtualization Platform (DVP). When it comes to remote backups, only blocks of data unique to other data in the remote data center is copied to HPE SimpliVity, making for an easier and cost-effective disaster recovery strategy.
On HPE SimpliVity, IT teams can choose to use policy-driven backups or perform backups manually. With policy-based backups, the system will create backups according to a schedule and stick to retention periods. Manual backups allow for more configurations and do not expire or have retention times by default.
HPE SimpliVity also can quickly restore a single file, a set of files, or entire directories from an existing backup. With RapidDR, off-site disaster recovery can be further simplified through automation too.
A common dilemma with data backups is choosing between overprovisioning the backup environment for extra capacity or going onto a public cloud that allows for more flexibility. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, ranging from significant capital investment to security issues.
With HPE GreenLake’s backup-as-a-service, organisations can enjoy the best of both worlds: cloud-like agility and on-premises security. These backup solutions are formulated according to specific needs and have everything required for data backup. That includes the necessary hardware, software, and additional services that cover the whole lifecycle of a backup environment.
Companies only have to pay for what they use, since backup usage is metered and billed monthly. With a simplified billing model, IT teams can even better predict and control costs for data backups.
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