3 Benefits to Using a Scale-Out Infrastructure

Posted 08/06/2018 by Hope D'Amore

The goal of any enterprise is to continuously seek new ways to drive greater efficiency, agility and scale within their data center, including both their primary and secondary workloads. Migrating to the cloud is the modern solution for primary workloads, but what about secondary workloads and storage that could also benefit from these same goals?

It’s time for your organization to implement web-scale features for your secondary workloads and storage, while still protecting, accessing and modifying your data across on-premises and cloud locations. With scale-out infrastructure solutions you can build a unified, modern data protection and management platform that delivers cloud-like characteristics on-premises within your data center.

Consider these three benefits you’ll experience with a scale-out infrastructure for your secondary storage:

Lower infrastructure costs: Traditional scale-up data protection infrastructures are not only comprised of multiple layers of hardware, but also require many organizations to install point products to protect specific application workloads and storage. The result is a complex infrastructure that lacks scale, requires frequent upgrades, leading to unmanageable and unpredictable costs. Scale-out technology can eliminate multiple layers and replace them with a single solution that can support all applications, on-premises and across clouds. Using a unified data protection approach on a scale-out infrastructure can eliminate the unknown budget variables and growth challenges that are common with scale-up infrastructure approaches.

Achieve greater resiliency and availability: Eliminating multiple layers of hardware and software infrastructure can minimize down time risk, improve data availability and limit potential points of failure. Scale-out infrastructure often uses erasure encoding to ensure that data is available, even if drive or node failures occur. For disaster recovery implementations, many data protection solutions on a scale-out infrastructure will support geo-dispersed clustering so that data is consistently available when and where it is needed.

Provide self-service solutions: Data protection can be tedious, complex and require a lot of resources that should be used for more strategic projects. Scale-out infrastructures that utilize a unified data protection platform can automate and orchestrate complex tasks, leading to improved efficiency and minimized risk of human error. A unified platform can also accommodate workflow automation so that time consuming or repetitive operations can be streamlined into seamless, efficient processes.

Understanding the importance of scale-out infrastructure for your business is vital for your company’s sustainability. Scale-out infrastructure is providing new ways for organizations to protect, access and use data with greater efficiency, reliability and availability – regardless of where the data lives.

Learn more about the benefits you could gain from a scale-out infrastructure in “10 Benefits to Using a Scale-out Infrastructure for Secondary Storage.”

Hope D'Amore is a Solutions Marketing intern in Tinton Falls, N.J. She is currently studying for her MBA.