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Changing compute environments and the growing redundancy of old data protection methods are making IT operations more complicated. HPE SimpliVity makes this gargantuan task much more straightforward.

Data protection is one of those nagging tasks every IT administrator has to deal with daily. The team must deal with tons of requests to troubleshoot, recover, or restore data. Traditionally, IT dealt with these challenges by using infrastructure solutions such as 24-hours recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO).

Now, these are no longer sufficient for data protection in today’s dynamic environment of virtual machines (VMs).

While computing has evolved into the virtual sphere, organisations continue to use and construct infrastructures based on these old concepts. Additionally, IT administrators are still implementing an unnecessarily complicated series of snapshots, mirrors, and other backups to substantiate their existing data protection systems.

Ironically, while data protection activities are essential, they do not contribute significantly to a company’s competitive advantage. Therefore it makes no sense for IT to dedicate a disproportionate amount of time to the task.

Old system, complicated methods

Traditional IT is ‘backed’ by a whole wave of flawed applications. Snapshots provide a significantly better RPO, but even this cannot survive an array or site failure. Mirrors address this problem, but long processing times and overhead mean they can only be run every 12 hours or so.

Plus, IT organizations have implemented complex schemes of snapshots that may involve hundreds per volume, along with local and remote mirroring. These methods introduce a new set of issues: neither local mirroring nor remote mirroring can replace traditional backup and recovery software because each cannot provide the full backup capabilities needed for regulatory or other requirements.

A fresh approach is sorely needed. Companies need to remove themselves from the limitations of old technology and consider a new way of thinking.

IDC believes that companies should move to a data protection strategy that addresses these points :

  • Tightly integrates compute infrastructure with data protection
  • Reduces operational complexity
  • Meets the evolving data loss threats, such as ransomware
  • Delivers near-zero service levels

How can HPE SimpliVity help?

Here is where hyper-converged infrastructures (HCIs), like HPE SimpliVity, step in. A hybrid of hardware infrastructure and a software operating environment, HCIs simplify deployments and reduce the workforce required to manage systems.

Regarding data protection, tasks such as implementations, schemes, and methods are simplified—freeing up valuable time that IT administrators can use to work on other crucial objectives.

For small and medium enterprises (SMEs), HPE SimpliVity 380 is a worthy consideration. This infrastructure solution provides enterprise system capabilities with cloud-like economics. Primarily, it provides infrastructure and data services for the virtualized workloads running on it.

And because it includes integrated data protection, HPE SimpliVity takes away the need for additional backup software and applications. Different from the traditional backup and snapshot methods, this technology offers more: complete protection of backup software with the speed of a snapshot.

HPE SimpliVity is also an effective defence against ransomware since all snapshots taken before an attack are saved as full backups, making a full recovery to a state before the infection possible.

Accept that change is happening

Ultimately, IT needs to reconsider data protection strategies to meet increasing data and application availability requirements. HPE SimpliVity 380 reduces a tedious operation to a simple task. IT teams can now refocus their valuable time on growing the business.

Still, the challenge lies in convincing organisations to change their current mindset. Introducing new technologies like HPE SimpliVity may prove to be an uphill task for many IT managers. The key is to convince stakeholders to focus on specific application areas where HCI can become recognized for excellence—this will make the changes easier to implement over time.

This article is adapted from IDC’s white paper ‘Using HPE SimpliVity’s Hyperconverged Infrastructure to Improve Data Protection and Recovery Effectiveness.’ Contact us for the complete white paper, including IDC’s survey of customers’ experience with HPE SimpliVity.

1Goodwin, P. (2017, May). Using HPE SimpliVity’s Hyperconverged Infrastructure to Improve Data Protection and Recovery Effectiveness. Retrieved March 2020, from

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