Almost every company is now working on a digital transformation. This means that data is no longer just a by-product of business processes. The generated data informs smart business decisions, supports new product development, and in some cases becomes a product itself.
As data becomes more and more integral to the functioning of the business, downtime, with the associated loss of access to that data, becomes ever more costly. Enterprises that are making the digital transformation need to transform their data protection and recovery processes in order to make sure their information technology functions at the reliability levels needed. Introducing hyperconverged technology, with easier management and built-in data protection features, can help companies achieve the robust digital infrastructure their digital business needs.
Hyperconverged Infrastructure Handles Small Incidents and Major Outages
Data center disasters come in all forms and sizes. Some incidents affect just a single machine; other incidents cause large-scale outages that require invoking a formal disaster recovery plan. Hyperconverged infrastructure helps companies cope with both the big and small incidents that arise by making both backup and recovery easier.
Hyperconverged infrastructure includes built-in features to help companies ensure backups complete without interfering with active workloads. The procedures typically include methods such as data deduplication and data compression to reduce the size of backups and thus the time needed to create them. This means it takes less time to restore from them, also. Because this form of infrastructure is designed to support private clouds and to integrate into hybrid clouds, hyperconverged infrastructure also can simplify the process of backing up to the cloud.
Hyperconverged infrastructure also helps with recovery. High availability features mean that replicated copies of data are on hand to keep processes running when one node fails. Snapshots make data recovery almost instantaneous, while self-service features (included because hyperconverged infrastructure supports cloud functions) let users restore files without needing help from the support team. That takes care of the small problems; the ability to recover from snapshots replicated to another data center or the cloud takes care of the big problems. A single admin console makes managing the process as easy as one click.
Build Your Own Data Protection Strategy on Top of Hyperconverged Infrastructure
Although the built in data protection features of hyperconverged infrastructure provide the backup and recovery functionality many organizations need, you can also build your own strategy layering third-party products on top of the hyperconverged infrastructure. Some organizations may prefer this approach in order to use backup and recovery software their staff is already familiar with, or to have reports that integrate details about the hyperconverged systems backups with backups of other existing hardware.
Are you struggling to develop a data protection strategy that meets your recovery objectives? dcVAST can help you explore the possibility of using hyperconverged infrastructure to support your business's growth and protect the data that's crucial to a digitally transformed enterprise. Our data protection services include managed NetBackup, supporting a leading backup approach, and managed Nutanix, supporting a leading hyperconverged infrastructure. Contact us to learn more about how your business can use these technologies to achieve the uptime you need.