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Data protection: one size doesn’t fit all


Srik3.jpgBy Srikanth Venkataseshu, Worldwide Solutions Marketing Manager, BURA, HP Storage


If you have been following our BURA Sunday blogs for the past few weeks, you may have noticed that we’ve been discussing a lot about modernizing data protection using HP StoreOnce backup, our disk-based deduplication solution. If not done right, data protection leaves a big chasm around IT’s ability to meet the SLAs required to fulfill business objectives.

 Today, I want to take you all on a slightly different journey – along a path where we view data protection from an application and data life cycle management perspective.  

A different view of data protection

ESG research(1) reports that today over 83% of high-priority applications have a downtime tolerance of three hours or less and 49% of high-priority application have downtime profile of just 15 minutes or less. This just underscores our reliance on data.

 Therefore, data protection is not just about backing up data anymore – it’s all about restoring applications and business critical services for end-users. In his blog(2), ESG’s Jason Buffington discusses how data protection is a “spectrum” much like a rainbow. Have you ever seen a rainbow with just one color?




In order to have a sound data protection, it’s always a good idea to start with a business goal and then pick the data protection technology that meets your objectives. Let’s get started with a look at:  

1. How business value of data and applications will dictate recovery strategies

Not every application has the same criticality and therefore “one-size-fits-all” data protection doesn’t work anymore. It’s important to understand what applications and services you need to restore immediately following an outage. If the data must be accessible at all times, consider high availability as part of application protection. HP 3PAR StoreServ with enterprise-grade high availability is ideally suited to run your business-critical applications.  

2. Implementing your hybrid protection and recovery strategy

Your backup lifecycle starts here – with snapshots. When there is an outage, the only thing that matters is the speed of application recovery. Snapshots are a mature technology that have evolved to minimize application downtime and allow for granular recovery of VMs, files, or even individual email messages. Therefore consider adding storage snapshots to your protection strategy. Snapshots give you the shortest recovery and rapid rollbacks to point-in-time copies. HP Data Protector with Zero Downtime backup and other market-leading software solutions like CommVault and Veeam integrate with HP 3PAR StoreServ and StoreVirtual to create application-consistent snapshots and instant recoveries shortening Recovery Time Objective (RTO) to minutes instead of hours. The net result? Accelerated application recovery 

Disk-based backup and deduplication. Deduplication significantly reduces backup footprint and enables more restore points for recoveries. Select carefully because not all deduplication solutions are the same. StoreOnce uses innovations from HP Labs to optimize deduplication based on variable length blocks so you store more data on less storage. Plus StoreOnce Catalyst integration empowers Data Protector, Symantec, BridgeHead and Oracle RMAN users to control backup, recovery and replication from familiar backup consoles that results in improved productivity. We are also introducing more backup application awareness within StoreOnce, so stay tuned to this space.

Tape for long-term retention. Some vendors aggressively promote the “tape is dead” message. But the truth is tape is alive and continues to innovate. With abilities such as LTFS, proactive media and drive monitoring, HP StoreEver is leading the market in advancing new use cases for tape. Plus who can ignore the best-cost economics tape can bring for long-term retention.  

3. Empowering application administrators with greater control over backups

Application owners such as Oracle, SAP HANA and others want to have more control over their application backups and recoveries. HP StoreOnce Catalyst integrated with Oracle RMAN enables Oracle database administrators to perform self-service backups and recoveries from familiar console. With SAP HANA BackInt integration with HP Data Protector, HANA admins can control backups and recoveries from StoreOnce without leaving the HANA studio. Watch this blog space more closely as we introduce additional application integrated abilities in the future.  

The importance of lifecycle management

Finally, I want to say that no data protection strategy will be effective without good data life cycle management. We all have the tendency to retain data infinitely simply for the fear of deletion. Therefore, I strongly urge you to classify your data based on usage and implement archiving solutions to complement backups. HP has great archiving solutions too in the form of HP StoreAll, a massively scalable archive platform and market leading HP Consolidated archive.


DiscoverJ.jpgComing to Discover? Consider this BURA session.

HP Discover starts in a matter of days and I cannot be more excited. If you are coming to Las Vegas, please join me for session TB3842 - Deploying robust data protection with the HP Backup Recovery and Archive (BURA) portfolio and industry-leading ISV solutions, where Bill Callaghan, SVP and CTO of Xenith Bank, will join me on stage to share his experiences dealing with backup challenges at scale and why he chose HP. Look for more on these topics in future blogs. You can always head to web to learn more about our Backup, Recovery and Archive (BURA) solutions. 

You can always head to web to learn more about our Backup, Recovery and Archive (BURA) solutions.

1Source: ESG Research Report, Trends for Protecting Highly Virtualized and Private Cloud Environments, July 2013.

2ESG blog



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