3 steps to infrastructure modernization with powerful backup and recovery simplicity

Escape the drama of infrastructure complexity

Hollywood makes IT look easy. If you have gone to see, or have recently streamed, one of today’s popular movies, it’s likely that you’ve seen an IT person quickly and magically solve a major mystery, preserve world peace, or break a multi-layered evil criminal’s code, all within a carefully constructed timeframe. But IT professionals know the day-to-day reality isn’t nearly as easy, or glamorous. Consider data protection. With growing mountains of data, increasing staff and resource drain; and the complexity of managing silos of applications and workloads on-premises, in the cloud, and everywhere in between, backup and recovery has possibly never been so challenging.

Yet, as companies look to realize their infrastructure modernization goals they need to backup and recover with powerful simplicity. To avoid the Hollywood-level drama, IT requires a simple, cost-effective and modern approach. Consider these three steps and the associated questions you need to ask to safely protect data where it lives – on-premises or in the cloud – and instantly restore it anywhere it’s needed for a drama-free ending. Now data protection can be as easy as it is in the movies.

80% of enterprise data will be stored in scale-out systems by 2022. (4)

66% of IT executives believe their environments are more complex than they were two years ago. (1)

Integrating compute, storage and backup and recovery software into a single, integrated appliance can reduce costs, remove operational complexity and limit data sprawl for the drama-free data management needed to support digital transformation.

1. Consolidate to simplify

A hallmark of complex environments is the number of point products delivering similar services. This redundancy impacts the entire infrastructure lifecycle. From purchase and installation to deployment and management, adding new backup and recovery solutions can be a staff and resource drain – especially if you are maintaining multiple separate silos of data and different point products to protect them.

If this is a challenge, consider the benefits of a single backup and recovery solution, delivered as an all-in-one appliance that integrates compute, storage and backup software into a single hardware solution. Add to the value by selecting a solution that provides unified management across your entire environment – from on-premises to the cloud – in a single console. This can save time while helping you to streamline management of key performance metrics.

Ask these questions to see if you could benefit from a more simplified, consolidated approach to backup and recovery:

  1. Do you currently use multiple backup tools and products to protect your applications and workloads, both on premises and in the cloud?
  2. Is it sustainable to maintain several separate secondary storage products versus consolidating into a single solution?
  3. How long does it take to perform hardware refreshes and what is the impact to your staff, budget, and service levels?

2. Better manage your infrastructure costs

Most enterprises don’t have Hollywood blockbuster budgets. While looking at how to simplify your infrastructure complexity, look at the top ways you can also cut your data management, protection and retention costs. Consider the staff time needed to manage your data as well as the cost of the storage you use. Infrastructure complexity will often have a direct impact on these budget elements. Backup and recovery solutions that employ the benefits of hyperconvergence will have a dramatic cost saving effect on your data protection.

Think about how much of your data lives in secondary storage. For most organizations, it’s as much as 70%.2 How much could you save if you applied automated policies to move data to the storage tier that aligns with its usage, value and service level requirements? If you could universally apply policies and automation to streamline your operations and also grant self-service to end users, how much staff time could you save?

Modern backup and recovery solutions will achieve time savings and greater hardware utilization, potentially delivering solid savings on data infrastructure, software, services and compliance. According to IDC, organizations using Commvault have shown a 31% reduction in weekly administration hours across all date protection, storage and data management operations.3

To decide if you can streamline operations and lower your data management and protection costs, ask these questions:

  1. Does your management console span your entire environment regardless of location, application, or storage type?
  2. Do you have the ability to employ policy-based management and automation, so your staff can set service policies and avoid scripting and complex configurations?
  3. Are there any barriers or limitations in moving data to and from the cloud, within clouds, or between clouds? And does it natively?

3. Scale-out your infrastructure

Agility. It’s the key enabler of a modern infrastructure. It’s also the primary value proposition of hyperconverged solutions. By replacing scale-up or aging infrastructures, tools and processes, organizations are better able to keep pace with their business demands. Defining a modern infrastructure approach, which uses software-defined solutions, enables enterprises to achieve faster time-to-market for important initiatives. It also enables the seamless migration of workloads and business data as needed across different cloud environments for the flexibility to adapt quickly to changing business demands.

Consideration should be given to enabling a hybrid environment that supports mixed hypervisors, cloud resources and compute platforms. Here limitations should not be accepted. Evaluate your infrastructure, and the software it’s built on, by how many cloud and virtual machine environments it can support and the ease with which you can move data and workloads between providers. This will enable you to achieve the greatest value from a scale-out or hyperconverged infrastructure.

Ask these questions when evaluating the need to modernize your data protection for meeting future IT and business needs:

  1. Are you able to ensure predicable performance, across your workloads, to improve availability?
  2. Is your data future proofed, with native support for leading applications, storage platforms, hardware arrays and cloud platforms so that you can make the infrastructure choices you need now and into the future?
  3. What is the impact to your organization if you are not able to effectively manage your secondary storage, including data protection?

Avoid an infrastructure modernization show stopper

Infrastructure modernization requires modern data protection that delivers powerful simplicity. Without it, you could face show-stopping challenges that will impact the success of your IT goals. It’s time to take a simple, cost-effective and modern approach to safely protect your data where it lives – on-premises and in the cloud – and instantly restore it anywhere it’s needed. Only then can you ensure that big-screen Hollywood ending, happily ever after.

References

  1. ESG Master Survey Results, “2019 Technology Spending Intentions, March 2019.
  2. Based on Commvault data analysis of customers reporting their data storage usage type.
  3. IDC: Quantifying the Business Value of Commvault Software: Worldwide Customer Survey Analysis, July 2014
  4. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage, October 2018
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