By Pru Hyer
Cisco Live was recently held in Orlando, Fla. and we were delighted to support long-term partner Cisco at the show. We work closely with Cisco to make it easier to protect, manage and optimize data on Cisco Data Center infrastructure solutions, including Cisco UCS, Cisco HyperFlex and FlashStack. At the show we announced our new support for Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack.
If you missed the chance to visit Commvault at CiscoLive, we’ve collected the top questions (and answers) in this blog, so grab your coffee (or tea) and settle in.
Question 1: What is ScaleProtect?
ScaleProtect™ with Cisco UCS® combines Commvault data protection and Commvault HyperScale™ Software with Cisco’s leading UCS infrastructure. It is the only solution available with enterprise-class data management services that takes full advantage of industry-standard, scale-out infrastructure together with Cisco UCS.
In the age of data sprawl, ransomware attacks and legislation\policy changes (as we have seen with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)), it is imperative to choose a solution that can grow as your business does.
Commvault’s data protection and HyperScale software can protect your data WHATEVER it is, WHEREVER it resides. If your company is leveraging Windows or Unix applications on-premises, looking to move workloads to the cloud or looking to protect your data assets in a SaaS offering like Google Drive\Mail or Office 365, Commvault can help you:
- PROTECT your data (whatever it is, wherever it is located)
- MANAGE your data (creation, destruction, workload portability)
- ACTIVATE your data (File\Email Analytics, Disaster Recovery, GDPR compliance)
Cisco’s UCS platform is not to be undersold in this offering. Highly resilient, cost-effective and scalable, Cisco’s UCS hardware is the backbone of the ScaleProtect solution. Deployed into your data center, Cisco reference architectures on C240 and S3260 chassis allow you to grow your tier two disk pool as needed. Compute and storage are added together when expanding this storage pool, allowing for linear performance growth and limitless scalability potential. These factors set ScaleProtect with Cisco UCS apart in the tier two storage market, unlike many of the purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) in the market today.
Question 2: I’m a network administrator, so why should I care about backups?
This is one of my favorite questions to address from a Network Administrator\Engineer\Architect at CiscoLive. While “backup” may not be something that a network-focused employee thinks about, I am sure that there are times you receive calls from somewhere in your company complaining about slow service, be it email, accessing data on a remote file server, or poor video\sound quality for a meeting. While there can be multiple causes of this, we commonly find backups (that exceeded the eight hours of interrupted downtime you allocated for them) are impacting your production services. Commvault offers a clean and simple solution to this problem with features that are included (with no extra license costs or hardware technologies) as part of every Commvault deployment: Client-Side Deduplication, Global Deduplication, and Synthetic Full.
- Client-side deduplication allows for client systems (virtual, physical or application) to generate blocks at the client side and determines what data is unique at the block level before sending actual data blocks over the WAN or LAN. This dramatically cuts down on the traffic seen on the network and applies to both protection workloads, as well as moving data out of the data center to a cloud target.
- Global Deduplication looks at deduplicating data (at the block level) job over job. Commvault’s deduplication is not limited to deduplicating within a single job or relying on costly Purpose Build Backup Appliances to manage job over job deduplication. For the network administrator worried about bandwidth consumption, Commvault’s global deduplication (combined with client-side deduplication) means that the SMALLEST amount of data is transferred over the WAN\LAN. As it was with client side deduplication, global deduplication applies to data being protected, as well as data being sent to alternate data centers, or up to the cloud.
- Synthetic Full backups layer into the two technologies above to deliver a third level of savings on the network. Synthetic Full backups focus on reducing data being sent over the wire when the weekly\monthly backups are run. Instead of running a “traditional full” where ALL DATA previously protected from a client system (Virtual, Physical or Application) over the WAN\LAN, the Synthetic Full is created on the tier two disk target leveraging global deduplication. This means that the weekly\monthly full operation becomes a standard incremental job (deduplicated at the block level) and sent over the WAN\LAN.
So you may not care too much about backups, but you care about how your network is being utilized. If you are seeing backups impacting your production services (email, file sharing, video\audio conferencing, migrating to cloud) give Commvault a call to see how we can help to resolve your specific situation.
Question 3: I was told Commvault still uses a Java GUI. Is this true?
While there is still a Java GUI, most of Commvault’s customers have moved over to the HTML5 interface for day-to-day operations. Commvault has made significant investments into moving away from the Java GUI and into the world of HTML5. Essentially the HTML5 interface allows for all of the activities that an administrator would need on a day-to-day basis for:
- Physical System Protection\Recovery
- Virtual Protection\Recovery (including cloud hypervisors)
- Oracle E-Business Suite
- Cloud Applications
- Clinical Image Archiving
- Archiving Solution
Lastly, as it was with the Java GUI, access to the HTML5 interface can be controlled via integration with Active Directory. From there you can apply the appropriate roles and responsibilities to manage data and systems within Commvault. This gives you the power to enable end users, super users or senior administrators, to manage and maintain their own systems in a simple and easy to use interface with no ties to Java.