This Isn’t Your Daddy’s Block Level Backup

Posted 10/20/2015 by Peter Kobs

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Commvault estimates that 60 percent of data storage today is being consumed for non-production use. Use cases like testing/development, reporting, data analytics, business intelligence, compliance, landscape management and production/non-production refresh cycles are taking up a lot of room.

It’s a significant operations challenge to run end-to-end data processing with refresh copies in backup. Further, backup is not frequent enough or a low enough impact operation to source development testing data and much of this data is stored in proprietary formats.

Enter the concept of on-demand enterprise data services for application, database and virtual machine workloads. It’s now possible to develop hooks that enable faster transparent capture, expanded live copy methods, the ability to couple to data delivery service, all as a user’s application.

Consider how IT operations leverage data processing that requires nimble access to data across various points in time. Orchestrated recovery across snaps, replicas, backup or archive data copies can address this by making data-on-demand service possible, minimizing efforts and time while matching the velocity of applications.

Backup copies require time and space to restore and copy back data for re-use for each version or point-in-time. This can be addressed by providing open recovery points or “versions” that offer data virtualization for interactive access. No movement is needed.

Consider the fact that traditional backup copies are too infrequent for most organizations due to their heavy impact, which creates a major challenge for multipurpose usage. The new generation of block-level backup methods can address this by providing frequent recovery point capture with lower impact. This minimizes risk while maximizing points-in-time capture.

On-demand enterprise data services can provide a range of IT benefits such as:

  • Multi-purpose use of a single copy
  • No restore required for instant recovery
  • Copy data management eliminates multiple copies
  • Streamlined user interface provides role-based control
  • Instant data access in the format requested by the application

Business benefits are also promising. On-demand enterprise data services:

  • Provide fast and reliable data access to speed IT and business operations
  • De-risk adoption of new innovations and technologies
  • Satisfy a wide range of user and business needs (change control/governance/etc.)
  • Provide dramatic reduction in storage costs
  • Free up workload compute capacity

What challenges does your organization face from non-production data storage demands? How are you addressing these challenges? Would you consider implementing on-demand data services in your enterprise? If so, let’s talk.