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5 Ways to Get Control of Your Backup and Recovery Environment

IT professionals know the word kludge all too well, having experienced the painful inefficiencies that occur when multiple products that are designed to perform a specific task are cobbled together to try to function as one unit. It rarely works and the TCO (total cost of ownership) analysis of such complexity shows a dismal return. There is a better way. Start with a comprehensive solution that addresses your backup and recovery needs today and gives you confidence that you will be protected in the future as your company grows and your needs change.

This approach should account for capabilities, that not only support backup and recovery, but also consider replication, snapshots, archiving and reporting. This will give you the security and efficiency you need to serve your organization’s many needs, while supporting ever-increasing demands without adding complexity.

5 Ways to Get Control of Your Backup and Recovery Environment
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CHOOSE MODERN AND INTEGRATED OVER LEGACY AND POINT PRODUCT CONFUSION

Commvault® avoids legacy approaches and disjointed point products in favor of a comprehensive backup, recovery, and data management solution that reduces complexity, lowers costs, and provides a more modern approach. Commvault software integrates broad application support with heterogeneous hardware snapshots, deduplication, replication, archiving, and reporting capabilities. When combined with the dynamic index, this enables you to quickly identify, access, manage, and protect data across your entire environment regardless of location, application, or storage type.

Making it even more appealing, you have the benefit of a single intuitive user interface that simplifies data management across your entire environment by using dashboards that let you quickly see and track performance metrics.

Below are five ways Commvault software gives IT professionals a streamlined approach to backup and recovery they need, to support enterprises in a challenging modern environment.

ONE: FLEXIBILITY

The only constant is change. Gone are the days when IT could tightly control everything and dictate standards (if those days ever actually existed). Mergers and acquisitions are introducing previously unsupported applications, servers, and storage arrays into your environment. Multi-cloud environments have become the norm. Meanwhile, ‘Shadow IT’ continues to grow as lines of business seek and obtain their own solutions. In fact, IDC estimates that “technology purchases funded by lines of business are forecasted to overtake purchases funded by the IT organization in 2019.”1 To make matters worse, legacy backup and recovery solutions aren’t architected to support today’s modern environments, and many of the ‘newer’ products have limited application, hardware, and cloud support. This either limits your flexibility or forces you to deploy multiple products, which increases complexity.

Today’s dynamic environments require a flexible solution that can ensure your data is safe across data centers, geographies, and in the cloud, with support for a broad array of enterprise applications, integrated snapshot storage arrays, cloud storage providers, hypervisors, and operating systems. Commvault software provides industry-unique breadth and depth of coverage across these categories to protect your entire physical, virtual, hyper-converged, and cloud environments2 today, with the confidence that you will be protected in the future, all backed by a best-in-class global customer support organization.3

"81% of current public cloud infrastructure customers use multiple cloud service providers."

TWO: AUTOMATION

Manual processes, including writing and maintaining complex scripts that are prone to human error, waste valuable time and resources that could be spent on more strategic priorities. Yet this is the status quo in many organizations.

Commvault software incorporates automation, orchestration, and policy-based management to improve IT productivity. This saves valuable staff time and simplifies operations, making them more reliable. You can automatically schedule jobs based on service levels or defined thresholds, as well as points in time. Simply set your desired outcome and you are protected. This includes the ability to automatically move data across storage tiers, including the cloud, using content-based retention policies. For example, once data ages out based on policies that you define, it can automatically be moved to lower cost and/or long-term storage for archiving or compliance purposes. Additionally, snapshot orchestration eliminates time-consuming and error-prone manual scripts, which saves operational costs. Finally, by providing secure, role-based self-service access to your extended teams based on policies that you define, you free up IT resources to focus on projects that add value back to the business.

THREE: COST-EFFECTIVE

Virtually every solution claims to be cost-effective, but it’s important to understand the complete context from a backup and recovery perspective. Price is clearly important. However, if you need multiple ‘cheap’ products to address your various uses cases (e.g., one for VMs, one for archiving, one for cloud, etc.), you likely didn’t save anything, but you definitely increased your management complexity. Commvault backup and recovery software helps you lower your costs across your entire environment.

Deduplication. Global deduplication eliminates redundant data at the source or target, so you can optimize your primary and secondary storage costs. With source-side deduplication, you can reduce up to 90% of the data moved over your network, significantly cutting your backup time when compared against dedicated target-based deduplication appliances. Commvault software deduplication also eliminates the need for rehydration when tiering data off site or to tape to further maximize efficiency.

Storage tiering. All data is not created equal. As such, one size does not fit all when it comes to storing and accessing your data. You want your production data and most frequently accessed data on your highest performing and most secure storage. As that data ages or is accessed less frequently, you want to move it to less expensive secondary storage, inclusive of the cloud.

With Commvault software, you can easily store and move data across storage tiers based on user-defined policies to align the value of the data with the cost of storage. For example, once data hits a defined threshold (e.g., 90 days) or service level (e.g., capacity level attainment), it can be automatically moved from primary to secondary storage, on-premises to the cloud, between cloud providers, and/or disk to tape based on its retention, access, and recovery needs. This level of flexibility requires extensive application, cloud, hypervisor, and storage support, which Commvault provides.

Disaster recovery. You want the ability to quickly recover your mission-critical data following a disaster, whereas some of your non-mission critical data may have less stringent recovery requirements. With Commvault snapshot management technology and automated workflows, you can expedite disaster recovery by providing instant access to your applications and data, which reduces downtime costs and increases availability.

"Commvault has the most expansive list of supported public cloud providers, hypervisors, big data support and database protection, providing technological liberty for future procurement decisions in other areas of the data center and beyond."

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, July 2017

FOUR: MODERN

The definition of modern changes over time, and the backup and recovery space is no different. Modern has evolved from referring to support for virtualized environments, to supporting snapshot technology to augment traditional backup, to currently referring to software-defined and scale-out architectures that support today’s hybrid cloud environments. Whether you choose an integrated appliance that can be up and running in less than 30 minutes, or you use general-purpose server-based storage nodes of your choice in the form of a reference design, Commvault HyperScale™ Technology allows you to purchase only the capacity you need today and simply add capacity as your data grows. Compared to ‘legacy’ approaches that force you to buy large, monolithic scale-up appliances with more capacity than you need and then require expensive forklift updates once the appliances are full or reach the end of their depreciation schedule or useful life, the choice of architecture becomes clear.

Commvault HyperScale™ Technology increases availability and ensures predictable performance using a scale-out architecture that allows you to leverage the cost, resiliency and scale efficiencies of cloud infrastructures.

FIVE: ACTIVE

In today’s world, backup data can no longer simply be viewed as an insurance policy, sitting there doing nothing on (expensive) disk waiting for something bad to happen. Ideally, those secondary copies of data should be put to use for other business purposes.

With Commvault software, this is possible because all Commvault software-managed data is contained in a single, storage agnostic, virtual repository across backup, recovery, and archiving. This repository, when combined with a dynamic index that knows exactly where all of the data lives, significantly improves visibility across your environment and allows you to use virtual copies of that backup data for other purposes. For example, you can use policy-based automation and self-service access to supply your dev/test and lines of business teams with secure access to fresh copy data, whenever and wherever they need it. This helps accelerate application development and improve data analytics, maximizing the value of your data.

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A SOLUTION FOR THE FUTURE

Legacy systems and multiple point products simply don’t work in today’s data environment. Commvault delivers a single solution that IT professionals can use to provide more efficient backup, recovery, and data management. The capabilities described herein – flexibility, automation, cost-effective, modern, and active – are focused on helping your IT staff simplify your environment, reduce costs, and support a modern environment that can support your needs today and into the future. It’s time to put the word kludge in the data archives!

7 Benefits You Realize with a Comprehensive Backup and Recovery Approach

Your traditional backup and recovery process is under-equipped to manage and facilitate operations that need more speed, efficiency, scalability and reliability to handle today’s 24/7, always-on environment. Discover the seven benefits of moving from an environment comprised of multiple point products to a comprehensive backup and recovery solution designed to serve today’s enterprise.

  1. https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS43722418, April 9, 2018
  2. https://www.commvault.com/commvault-supported-technologies
  3. https://www.commvault.com/news/2018/april/commvault-innovates-with-new-proactive-customer-support-framework
  4. ESG 2018 IT Spending Intentions Survey
  5. Gartner Symposium, The Impact of Hybrid Data Centers and Cloud-based Disaster Recovery
  6. Based on Commvault data analysis of Customers reporting their data storage usage type.
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