5 ways Commvault improves your snapshot-based data protection

Overcome your hardware array-based snapshots challenges using Commvault IntelliSnap® technology

Snapshot-based data protection solutions solve your backup challenges by providing faster recovery, faster capture of data, less disruption to applications and reduced costs for non-production copies. However, you might currently be managing snapshots manually or with “script-it-yourself” solutions, which is an extremely complex and inefficient process. Let Commvault streamline your snapshot-based data protection operations with our comprehensive, simplified and automated data management platform.

1. Integration: Overcoming complexity

Applications, operating systems (OS), hypervisors and storage platforms all have components that must be built into a snapshot management process to ensure everything works together. Each requires a unique set of tools and scripts to implement, as well as cross-functional staffing expertise, which makes managing scripts time-consuming and complicated. As your environment grows, the level of complexity you have to manage multiplies.

Commvault IntelliSnap® technology automates and orchestrates snapshot management and lifecycle management across multiple storage arrays using a single console. This resolves the challenges of complexity by providing one of the industry’s broadest native integrated support for hypervisors1, operating systems2, enterprise applications3 and storage arrays4. This means no more building and maintaining custom scripts to support snapshot operations, which saves you valuable time. IntelliSnap technology is designed to capture and index the snapshot data, that is, making it both application-aware and recoverable. In addition, Commvault is constantly updating the application and storage support to provide you with the most deployment flexibility and recovery options.

2. Automation: The antidote to scripts

While native snapshot integration support is great, you don’t have time or budget for someone to manually click a button each time you want to create a snapshot; you need to automate the process. This usually means creating and maintaining complex scripts requires your staff to learn how to integrate different toolsets from different vendors, as coordinating those snapshots with the respective regular backup jobs for each data set or application.

Once you add in the other half of the scripts and manual tasks needed for the restore, you end up with significant overhead for what should be simpler jobs.

Commvault IntelliSnap technology fully automates and orchestrates the snapshot and backup operations using policy-based management, freeing up valuable time required by your staff and saving you additional costs of training required to execute these data protection operations manually.

3. Auto protection: Proactively protecting your data

There are times where new volumes of business-critical data are added knowingly or unknowingly to your environment, and it’s your responsibility to protect this data. If these volumes are not manually added to your data protection schedule, this can leave you exposed if a time-sensitive restore or a compliance task is required.

Commvault IntelliSnap technology automatically detects changes to underlying storage and, through auto protection, proactively protects any known or unknown volumes – leaving you with a sense of complete protection. This simplicity adds real value. IntelliSnap technology can also be used with different vendors’ storage arrays and models, eliminating the need for multiple backup toolsets. Operationally, everything works the same no matter which storage system or applications you are using, and everything is orchestrated with a single tool.

4. Visibility: Knowing your data

Visibility is a challenge for a homegrown snapshot management. You need to monitor the lifecycle of all the snapshots so you know when things are working or when there are issues. You also need alerts to notify you when something didn’t work so you can fix it right away. Lastly, you need reporting to show how effective the solution is. Yet in many custom snapshot environments, alerting and monitoring are separate from reporting, requiring their own special tools for each function. Worse yet, oftentimes, scripts may not be monitored at all. You can try to integrate these functions manually in your scripts, but this means more complexity to manage.

Being able to know exactly what is occurring in your data protection environment is crucial for meeting your SLAs and maintaining business continuity. Commvault IntelliSnap technology unifies monitoring, alerts and reporting into a single unified platform, giving you the means to easily observe your snapshot operations, quickly identify any operational issues and output your data to send to management – all within the same easy-to-use interface.

5. Security: Mitigate data breaches

You want to ensure that each team only has access to the systems for which they are responsible. In example, you don’t want DBAs accessing storage or storage admins managing databases. You want to maintain security boundaries from an access control standpoint while still maintaining your functional process. This helps avoid unnecessary access from one group to another group’s systems and the risk that comes with it.

Unfortunately, working within these boundaries for a scripted solution is difficult, and many companies choose to compromise security to avoid the complexity of properly separating and securing access. Commvault IntelliSnap technology addresses security concerns using automated policies, access control lists (ACL), roles and security groups. This allows you to delegate ownership across resources and tasks, providing control and self-service access to the right people at the right time, without giving people direct access to the infrastructure. Additionally, logs are generated for all activities, so you can easily track and view the operations performed by each team.


With Commvault’s IntelliSnap technology, solving your complex storage snapshot problems has never been easier. Be ready to take advantage of Commvault’s broad support of hypervisors and storage arrays, so you can increase your operational efficiency while maximizing your return on investment.

References

1 http://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/v11_sp18/article?p=14243.htm
2 http://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/v11_sp18/article?p=2798.htm
3 http://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/v11_sp18/article?p=14238.htm
4 http://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/v11_sp18/article?p=33073.htm

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