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Best of BURA Sunday: 10 top reasons to protect your business with HP StoreOnce Backup Solutions

Shetty.jpgBy Ashwin Shetty, Product Marketing, HP Storage


Before we roll full steam ahead into the new year, we’re sharing some of our most popular BURA Sunday blogs from 2014 (just in case you missed them!). Here Ashwin Shetty revisits the 9...wait now make that 10...reasons to consider HP StoreOnce Backup.


As 2014 came to a close, we made some significant announcements at HP Discover for HP Storage and for the HP StoreOnce platform – including StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) for converged data protection, 50TB StoreOnce VSA, 1TB free StoreOnce VSA, Reporting Central for easier reporting, NetBackup OST enhancements and SQL integration with StoreOnce Catalyst.  


So time for some questions: Why do our customers deploy HP StoreOnce Backup for your data protection requirements? What differentiates our solution as compared to the rest of the backup appliance vendors? It is time we take a closer look at and make sure it’s not just a bunch of smoke and mirrors – and delve into what you are really looking for when it comes to data protection. 


As data continues to grow exponentially, your organization is looking for efficient, cost-effective solutions to manage this growth and protect critical business information. Vendors often promote their backup systems as the “fastest” and the “best” data protection solution available. This can add to the overall confusion as you try to sort fact from fiction. We're here to help with that!


Let’s explore some of the key HP StoreOnce differentiators to help simplify your decision-making process:


  1. Backup performance: HP StoreOnce backup performance is based on real-world scenarios. We do StoreOnceFamily.jpgnot artificially create lab test conditions to drive performance numbers. HP StoreOnce appliances deliver outstanding backup performance up to 139TB/hr, which is faster than most existing backup solutions in the market. Significantly enhanced performance is achieved by distributing StoreOnce Catalyst (OST) onto media servers that perform much of the deduplication processing. The data is then copied or replicated to the StoreOnce appliance in the deduplicated form to minimize the impact on the LAN or WAN. 
  2. Federated deduplication: Federated deduplication provides you with deployment flexibility – so that deduplication can be deployed across the entire storage infrastructure, from virtual machines to enterprise data centers. HP can implement the same deduplication technology the enterprise – in a remote/virtualized environment (StoreOnce VSA), application source (HP Data Protector), media server or StoreOnce target appliances. This allows seamless and faster data movement across all four options with low bandwidth utilization
  3. Restore performance: HP StoreOnce helps you recover data without compromising on performance. Restore time and performance is what matters most. When you need your data, you need to access it fast. Most deduplication solutions break down files into blocks and chunks, putting the files back (restoring) together again to present to the end user/application will consume processing time and lead to performance degradation. StoreOnce allows data restores speeds of up to 75TB/hr, enabling restoration of data faster than other competing data protection solutions. This allows you to get back online more quickly and significantly minimize risk of lengthy downtime. By stating our restore performance numbers, we are willing to tell you exactly what they can expect with HP StoreOnce unlike other vendors.
  4. High-end resiliency with autonomic restart: Failed backups are a result of inadequate data protection of applications and data sets, leaving organizations vulnerable to data loss in case of a catastrophic failure. The effects of failed backups are magnified significantly if you use centralized backups of remote data. HP StoreOnce 6500 multi-node systems allow backup jobs to continue uninterrupted, even in case of a controller failure. This in turn completely protects all data sets in a world where backup has become a 24x7 operation. Most vendors do not have a high-availability solution to protect your data.
  5. HP StoreOnce VSA as your virtual backup applianceHP StoreOnce VSA has been designed to align with the increase of virtualization in ROBOs, service providers and SMBs while still meeting their budgets and StoreOnceVSA.jpgdelivering the benefits of a deduplicating backup appliance. StoreOnce VSA can easily replicate backups remotely to a central office/repository. It is a cost-effective option to utilize your virtual infrastructure by using all available resources, which are usually wasted during spare time. At the same time, for remote unattended infrastructures, it is an ideal way to avoid the installation and subsequent maintenance of unnecessary hardware. StoreOnce VSA has now added support for KVM environments along with VMware and Hyper-V. StoreOnce VSA can scale from 1TB to 50TB depending upon the model or requirement. You can also take advantage of trying out our 1TB StoreOnce VSA for free for three years or try our 60-day free trial to evaluate its benefits.
  6. Better storage and restore efficiency: HP StoreOnce is able to deliver a high deduplication ratio, thereby retaining ~20X more data on both the hardware and virtual backup appliances. The increased storage efficiency means more backup data is readily available on the StoreOnce appliance allowing you to access backup data faster and perform rapid restores.
  7. Simplified management and greater flexibility: Data movement is centrally controlled by the backup application. You can manage replication of data across the enterprise from a single pane of glass. By using StoreOnce Catalyst, one can concurrently move data from one site to multiple sites and cascade data around the enterprise, resulting in reduced bandwidth requirements of ~95%. Federated Catalyst, an extension of the StoreOnce Catalyst software architecture reduces data protection complexity issues caused when numerous backup stores are run across multiple nodes. Federated Catalyst allows your enterprise to deploy several StoreOnce 6500 couplets, each of which may have several backup stores and manage them all as a single store of data.
  8. Common management with HP Software: Operational management sometimes adds to the overall complexity of your data protection strategy. HP StoreOnce follows a simple operational model wherein new solutions should be managed by existing tools and frameworks. Most often, while deploying backup solutions from vendors, IT managers are forced to learn and implement a separate management tool to support this single point product. HP StoreOnce systems seamlessly plug into HP Systems Insights Manager (SIM) or Integrated Lights–Out 2 (iLO2) monitoring and management frameworks. Users receive warnings and alerts of StoreOnce appliances, as if it was any other product under the management umbrella. While this seems like common sense, few other technology vendors support this type of management integration.
  9. Get Protected Guarantee program: It is very difficult to truly determine ROI and identify the hidden gaps in your current data protection environment. We have now eliminated this risk by introducing the HP StoreOnce Get Protected GuaranteeThis provides a free in-depth backup assessment of your environment along with a guarantee that our deduplication technology would reduce capacity requirements. For an eligible backup environment (as determined through the assessment), you can now switch from your legacy backup system to any HP StoreOnce solution – and HP will guarantee a 95% reduction in stored backup data. If not, HP would make up the difference by providing additional capacity and associated software and support. This brings a unique value proposition to you that no other vendor in the industry provides today
  10. Converged data protection: HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central software integrates HP 3PAR primary storage with HP StoreOnce Backup systems to provide a converged availability and flat backup service. It augments traditional backup processes by combining the performance of snapshots with the protection of backups. As a result, StoreOnce RMC gives you fast, efficient, reliable, and simple protection for your business-critical applications. StoreOnce RMC lets you eradicate the backup window and enable rapid recovery with fast, non-disruptive, application-consistent snapshots.

Don't just take our word for it! 


If you haven’t already, find out why the industry analyst firm DCIG rated the StoreOnce 6500 as Best-In-Class Deduplicating Backup Appliance for 2014-15 and why Gartner ranked HP StoreOnce as a leader in its renowned Magic Quadrant report for Target Deduplication Backup appliances.


With the only federated deduplication solution available today, HP StoreOnce Backup with StoreOnce Catalyst overcomes the gaps, inefficiencies and costs associated with fragmented, deduplication solutions offered by other vendors and delivers industry-leading backup and restore performance.


With StoreOnce Backup solutions, you can rest assured that your data is always protected, allowing you to head into the new year with confidence.


So Happy New Year! And I’ll be back with more StoreOnce blogs in 2015.


Learn some more about HP StoreOnce

Watch this great video on StoreOnce RMC.

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