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HPE data protection solutions: Protect your data in Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure Stack

Without question, losing data is catastrophic. As backup footprints continue to grow, the public cloud is becoming a cost-effective target for backup copies. Here’s how HPE data protection solutions play a key role when it comes to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure Stack.

Data Protection_HPE storage_blog.jpgAs data volumes increase, it’s time to look for ways to efficiently and cost-effectively manage backup footprints within your data centers. Certainly, the move to use public cloud services takes advantage of affordable and flexible data storage.

When it comes to leveraging the cloud in specific ways to support cost-effective IT modernization, long-term data retention and disaster recovery represent two of the most frequent uses for cloud storage today. According to a recent ESG analyst survey,* 42% of enterprises use cloud for backup and archive while 40% use cloud for disaster recovery. This is in large part due to the operational agility, efficiency, and appealing cost structure that a secure offsite data repository provides in the way of:

  • Long-term data retention: Many IT organizations cannot delete backups in case future restores are needed or for compliance with legal requirements. This drives the need to retain vast datasets for years or decades, potentially raising cost and complexity.
  • Disaster recovery: Investing in and managing an owned off-site location that prevents the business from coming to a halt in the event of a site outage, ransomware threat or natural disaster is cost-prohibitive for many businesses. Yet, high costs associated with the transfer of large amounts of data to the cloud remains a barrier.

Low-cost, high-capacity object storage in public, private or hybrid cloud is an ideal storage option for long-term data retention and disaster recovery in the face of explosive data growth, strict retention policies, and a pressure to reduce costs. So how do HPE data protection solutions help?

HPE StoreOnce and HPE Cloud Bank Storage for Microsoft Azure

HPE StoreOnce provides a backup appliance target that delivers fast backups and restores with efficient deduplication and enables copying backup stores to an object storage in the cloud with HPE Cloud Bank Storage, now generally available. HPE StoreOnce integrates with key backup and recovery software such as Veritas NetBackup or Micro Focus Data Protector to provide higher levels of efficiency in data protection tasks. The combination of HPE StoreOnce deduplication and cloud storage is ideal for the following use cases:

  • Long-term retention and archive of backups
  • Offsite copies of backups for disaster recovery
  • Detached HPE Cloud Bank stores for very long-term backup data retention
  • Less disk-based hardware would be required because the data would be deduplicated in the private cloud use case

In private cloud uses cases, less disk-based hardware would be required because the data would be deduplicated.

A key consideration when using public cloud object storage is the cost of uploading and downloading data. Deduplicating the data before writing to cloud storage significantly reduces the amount of data uploaded. As a result, retrieving this non-redundant data requires less download usage. Through deduplication, HPE Cloud Bank reduces the cost of storing the data in the cloud, as well as the cost of writing and accessing the cloud-stored backup data.

With support for multiple on-premises and cloud-based object storage targets such as Microsoft® Azure storage, HPE Cloud Bank Storage can be deployed without having to change backup processes. This can clearly reduce the learning curve associated with a new technology. It also adds the protection of offsite backup data copies without having to invest in offsite facilities. Above all, it enables cloud-based disaster recovery without the high costs associated with the transfer of large amounts of data to the cloud. 

Cloud Bank Storage and Azure.jpgMicrosoft Azure Stack data backup to HPE StoreOnce and to Microsoft Azure Cloud with HPE Cloud Bank Storage

More ways to learn more


Catch the September 20th webinar on Data Protection Solutions for Azure Stack:

As data volumes increase, you look for ways to manage your backup footprints efficiently and cost effectively within your data centers. Some organizations are moving to use public cloud services to take advantage of affordable, flexible data storage. But for many reasons, you may want to keep data onsite. HPE Cloud Bank Storage lowers long-term data retention costs by leveraging cloud-based or on-premises object storage. Come and learn how HPE data protection solutions can protect your data wherever it resides—from an on-premises private cloud such as Microsoft Azure Stack to public cloud such as Microsoft Azure. Registration/Replay 

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 *Source: The Importance of Flash Storage in a Hybrid IT World, ESG, May 2017

Meet Around the Storage Block blogger Bharath Ram Ramanathan, Senior Technical Marketing Bharath Ram Ramanathan_HPE Storage.jpgEngineer, HPE Storage. Bharath is responsible for bringing a solution/application context into HPE Storage’s portfolio spanning the Primary, Secondary and Cloud Storage products in the areas of Copy Data Management, Business Continuity, Dev-Ops and Data Protection. He works closely with Presales, Sales and Channel Partners to ensure the success of HPE Storage products through training delivery, tech talks, best practice sharing, whitepaper and collateral creation, direct deal support and industry event presence. He has been with Hewlett Packard Enterprise for ~9 years.

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