ESG Solution Showcase. Scale-Out Data Protection

How It Promises to Revolutionize Recovery Capabilities for Enterprises and Managed Service Providers

Enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs) have some similar challenges in the realm of data protection. Both have to deal with expansive environments—with enterprises protecting distributed offices/geographies, and MSPs protecting many independent subscribers. Both also have been seeing production data storage and secondary protection storage demands rising. Enterprises and MSPs alike should therefore be looking for data protection architectures that have scale-out capabilities built into their core foundation.

The issue of cost control is always going to be on the mind of any IT leader. But in this case, mandates for cost control were not their universal, paramount priority. Many of the surveyed executives indicated that cost reduction, while important, was less urgent than attaining better protection-related functionality, nimbleness, and dependability.

Current environments are typically built upon scale-up architectures, and as the survey results imply, they are no longer meeting today’s IT needs. A big challenge with these scale-up architectures is their limited-scalability compute and storage, a limitation that impacts growth, service levels, and availability.

Scale-out architectures offer a number advantages over scale-up architectures. These advantages include:

• Dynamically expandable storage.

• Flexible services to end-users.

• Greater resiliency and availability.

• More predictable costs, and even reduced storage costs through standardized x86 hardware

• More predictable performance.

• Greater freedom of choice in hardware.

• Being able to leverage the benefits of cloud services in an on-premises environment.

Both managed service providers and individual organizations might benefit by looking into how a scale – out data protection and management architecture could help them. Of course, the specific consumption models, mechanisms, and methods will vary:

• Large enterprises deal with everything in greater volume.

• Midsized organizations also want to maximize the utilization of their available storage, although their repository componentry isn’t likely to be as diverse as a large enterprise’s.

• Managed service providers find scale-out data protection architectures appealing because they have goals in common with both enterprises and SMBs.

 

In the realm of data protection, the newest area to start seeing software-defined evolution is protection storage. Such storage requires highly efficient optimization intended specifically for data management, data protection, and data preservation at increasingly higher scales.