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Protect your Microsoft Exchange platform with HPE Recovery Manager Central

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Are your Microsoft Exchange mailboxes growing in size and number? Worried about the cost of your email backup footprint or the speed of email recovery? Protect your Exchange platform with HPE Recovery Manager Central.

Data Protection_Microsoft Exchange_blog.jpgAre your Microsoft Exchange mailboxes growing in size and number? Worried about the cost of your email backup footprint or the speed of email recovery? Protect your Exchange platform with HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) In today’s world, communications are becoming more mobile and complex than ever. This puts pressure on your messaging infrastructure such as Microsoft Exchange. Just look at your Inbox. Email, attachments, calendars and contacts are how business operates. Your employees don’t just rely on these tools to be productive. They expect them to be always available from anywhere.

It’s no surprise then that a typical Exchange administrator is dealing with these common data protection issues: 

  • Explosion of email volume: Both email volume and mailbox size are growing exponentially, impacting your backup and recovery Service Level Agreements (SLAs). At the same time, you’re under pressure to back up and recover more and more messages without significantly increasing costs, adding staff or extending backup windows.
  • 24x7 nature of messaging: You have to be able to recover email from your backups quickly, so that business communications don’t come to a stop. And what if a disaster strikes?
  • Impact to productivity: Sometimes a business transaction is impacted by your ability to recover a single mailbox or an individual email.

Why not rely only on Microsoft Exchange DAGs?

Microsoft Exchange Database Availability Groups (DAGs) help protect Exchange databases by replicating multiple copies of the Exchange database. The DAG architecture helps minimize email user disruption during unplanned events such as database or server failures by activating database copies on other Exchange servers. But Microsoft Exchange DAG is not a replacement for backup and recovery.

Array-based snapshots are another data protection scheme for Microsoft Exchange Servers. Snapshot management enables administrators to make consistent point-in-time copies of large volumes of Exchange data without impacting the production server. By creating a copy of the pointers to the data on the storage array, snapshots minimize data movement and greatly reduce the Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) to minutes. However, snapshots are best for short retention periods because they consume a lot of disk space over time on primary storage. They have retention limitations, are exposed to corruptions, and depend on the underlying storage system. Not to mention that snapshots are at risk if the storage system fails.

The advantages of application-managed, storage-integrated and cloud-ready data protection solution

A more effective approach for protecting Exchange mailboxes is to combine the benefits of backups and snapshots in an application-managed, storage-integrated and cloud-ready data protection solution. HPE offers storage a snapshot-based backup solution that provides fast, simple and affordable end-to-end data protection for Microsoft Exchange, on-premises or off-premises/cloud.

Here’s how:

  • Fast backup and recovery: Unlike traditional backup approaches, when Exchange crashes, HPE RMC backup and recovery speed for data volumes are much more efficient due to using multiple block-based streams. Since only changed data blocks are sent to HPE StoreOnce, your mailbox backup is faster and more efficient.
  • Reduced cost and complexity:  Data protection and snapshot management with HPE RMC is much simpler with direct backup from HPE 3PAR snapshots to HPE StoreOnce. Since the stored backups on HPE StoreOnce are deduplicated, you can economically store data on HPE StoreOnce for extended periods.
  • Lower risk of unplanned downtime: With frequent recovery points, you can commit to tight RPOs and SLAs. If there is a failed hardware or a data center outage, backups of Exchange mailboxes and mailbox folders on HPE StoreOnce can be restored to the original or a different HPE 3PAR. As an added benefit, backups can also be copied to and recovered from one HPE StoreOnce to another in case of disasters.

Application-managed and cloud-ready data protection: You can monitor and manage snapshots, backup, and recovery and can set up protection policies directly and seamlessly from within the RMC GUI or from within HPE 3PAR StoreServ Management Console. And, you can leverage the economics, agility and flexibility of the cloud to protect your messaging infrastructure with RMC. With HPE Cloud Bank Storage and RMC Express Restore feature, only changed blocks are moved from the cloud tier back to the storage array, which means less data is read out from the cloud tier, leading to cost savings for email recovery.Data Protection HPE Storage Microsoft Exchange.jpg

Achieve fast, simple and affordable protection for Microsoft Exchange

With HPE RMC for Microsoft Exchange, you no longer have to be worried about backup windows or backup footprint when new mailboxes are created or mailbox size increases. You can also be confident that mailboxes can be recovered quickly and efficiently from on-premises or off-premises/cloud backups without increasing the overall cost of your data protection solution. And don’t forget to get a free checkup of your backup environment with HPE Backup Assessment—a free, non-invasive service which examines your backup systems and processes to ensure your backup is operating with peak efficiency, security and cost effectiveness.

Parissa Mohamadi_HPE Storage.jpgMeet Around the Storage Block blogger Parissa Mohamadi, Data Protection Solution Product Manager, HPE Storage.

 

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