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1+1=3: How 3PAR Flash-Integrated Data Protection Transcends the Laws of Math

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3PAR Flash-Integrated Data Protection provides a great example of how the whole can be worth more than the sum of its parts.  Let’s take a closer look at how HPE 3PAR Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software integrates HPE 3PAR All-Flash arrays and HPE StoreOnce to make 1+1 equal 3.

1+1 equals 3. Really? Math was never my strongest subject at school but don’t worry I haven’t totally lost all sense of basic algebra! I’m referring to how 3PAR Flash-Integrated Data Protection provides a current example of the truth in the Greek 3PARRMCpost.jpgphilosopher Aristotle’s assertion that the whole is worth more than the sum of its parts.  So here's how HPE 3PAR Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software integrates HPE 3PAR all-flash arrays and HPE StoreOnce  to make 1+1 equal 3 when it comes to application availability and protection.

Calculating the cost of application downtime

What does one hour of unplanned application downtime cost your organization?  $5,600 per minute on average, according to the Gartner analyst group. This makes unyielding application protection an absolute necessity to meet service-level expectations and protect business productivity. But protecting business-critical applications is proving ever more challenging in the face of flash centric data centres, unrelenting data growth, stringent recovery SLAs and increasingly virtualized environments.  

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 Ensuring complete availability and protection for your applications with 3PAR + StoreOnce

Application downtime can come from a variety of sources - including human errors, data corruption, hardware platform outages and natural disasters. Data availability plus protection is therefore a continuum that must cover a wide range of scenarios. 

HPE 3PAR StoreServ All-Flash arrays are designed to help minimize operational impact by delivering planned resilience. Full hardware redundancy is built into the system, mitigating all single points of failure.  When appropriately configured, 3PAR Storage is capable of greater than “six nines” or 99.9999 percent availability from a hardware perspective. This is reinforced by autonomic and proactive error checking, and software features that deliver seamless failover/failback to help ensure complete system resilience – even when the unexpected happens.

3PAR also delivers high availability with array-based snapshots which offer fast, non-disruptive point-in-time copies of data. But snapshots alone cannot deliver comprehensive backup. They have retention limitations, corruption vulnerabilities, and a dependence on the underlying storage system. Make no mistake, your snapshots are at risk if the storage system fails.

To deliver the comprehensive data protection that business-critical applications require, 3PAR systems leverage HPE StoreOnce as a second line of defense. StoreOnce protects applications running on 3PAR against file loss or application corruption beyond the oldest snapshot. StoreOnce also protects applications against storage platform outage.

Welcome to flash-integrated data protection

HPE 3PAR Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software integrates HPE 3PAR primary storage with HPE StoreOnce Backup protection to provide a converged availability and backup service. It augments traditional backup approaches, combining the performance of snapshots with the protection of backups.

As a result, RMC gives you fast, efficient, reliable and simple protection for your business-critical applications. 

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Rapid online recovery

RMC allows you to eradicate the backup window and enable rapid online recovery with hundreds of fast, non-disruptive, application-consistent snapshots.  

Faster backup and restore

As flash expands across the datacenter, protecting and securing data at speeds not possible with traditional methods has become a critical requirement. RMC’s Express Protect feature solves this by delivering 23 times faster backups and 5 times faster restores than traditional backup methods. It achieves this by enabling the backup of snapshot data from 3PAR to StoreOnce, independent of backup server software. Only changed blocks are sent to the StoreOnce system. Every backup completes at the speed of an incremental, but is stored as a synthetic full backup, which makes application recovery faster and more efficient.

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Less cost and complexity

RMC streamlines and simplifies the backup architecture required for protecting applications. All backups are deduplicated using award-winning StoreOnce technology, thereby reducing backup storage requirements by up to 20 times.

Application managed data protection

RMC allows application integrated protection for VMware, Microsoft SQL, Oracle, 3PAR File Persona and any Microsoft VSS-enabled application running as a virtual machine. VM, Oracle and SQL database admins can manage application consistent snapshots, backup, and recovery seamlessly and directly from within their preferred native interfaces. RMC also enables crash consistent backups and snapshots to be performed on any application running on 3PAR.

An API is also provided for plug-in scripting purposes. This enables developers to integrate the snapshot management and backup benefits of RMC with their own business applications such as SAP HANA.

Reduced risk exposure

Backups stored on HPE StoreOnce are self-contained, fully independent volumes. These can be restored back to the original or a different HPE 3PAR array in the event of a disaster, or if physical problems occur in the production storage environment. This level of data protection cannot be achieved with snapshots alone.

Protect the best with the best

RMC seamlessly integrates the world’s most robust flash-optimized primary storage system and the world’s fastest, most scalable, and highly available backup system. The result is an application aware, integrated data protection solution that simply and efficiently delivers the end-to-end availability and backup that your applications demand.

Get the details

For further details on how 3PAR RMC makes 1+1 equal 3 when it comes to application availability and protection, check out the following resources:

3PAR Flash Integrated Data Protection video
RMC Installation Wizard demo and RMC for VMware in Action video
Flash Changes Everything When It Comes to Data Protection blog
RMC Analyst white paper
Download the RMC 3.0 software

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 Meet Around the Storage Block blogger Simon Watkins, WW Product Marketing Manager, Backup, Recovery and Archive (BURA), HPE Storage.

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