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Paying the price of a taxed infrastructure

DanHaggerty

 

Taxes.jpg“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This famous quote from a letter written by Benjamin Franklin to a colleague regarding the permanency of the newly established United States Constitution highlights the two things that have remained inevitable in a modern society. But does this remain inevitable with enterprise infrastructure? 

Enterprises today are, for the most part, constantly struggling to maintain their aging and complex infrastructure solutions while attempting to provide an ever-increasing level of data protection. As they are requested to continue to store more data, IT departments must dedicate more resources to backing up that data. In a virtualized environment, there are plenty of ways to backup a workload or file. There are backups to separate software or hardware. There are backups to cloud. There are snapshots and replicas to on- or off-site locations. There are still even trucks that pull up to pick up your tape copies.

These methods all lead to copies of data to be called on in case of emergency—a fire, a flood, a data breach, or an accidentally deleted database. But every time you back up that application or workload, you are paying a tax.

What do I mean by a “tax?” One of the definitions of a tax is “a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.”

When a traditional backup kicks off, the underlining hardware is taxed. Resources on every component are burned: the source system, the network, and the backup (destination) environment. And this hasn’t changed since the inception of backup and recovery technologies.

Furthermore, what about the human resource tax? Enterprises usually require dedicated individuals just to manage the backup infrastructure, and this is true with nearly all the elements of the infrastructure...not just backup. The cost to continue to manage an enormous backup environment is often too high for enterprises, and they have to cut corners on the backup strategy whether it is the frequency of backups, or the lifetime of each backup. Babysitting backups on the weekends is not a glamorous job either and puts a strain on the IT team, but is deemed necessary to ensure a sufficient level of protection.

As the modern data center market evolves, there are big differences in how enterprises are managing and protecting their data centers. Hyperconvergence is a revolutionary option that promises simplicity and flexibility.

Life After the Infrastructure Tax

The HPE SimpliVity 380 powered by Intel® grew out of the increasingly evident market need to simplify IT. The technology runs its own file and object store, which has the built-in ability to deduplicate all writes from the moment data comes into the system.

Even better, it does so without degrading performance while still removing the infrastructure tax. The technology offloads processing so that the system isn’t overburdened. It adds less CPU and RAM, too, which also taxed traditional infrastructures. This all means that predictable performance is possible, since VMs and storage aren’t competing for resources.

This is just one piece of HPE SimpliVity 380's technology, though. Instead of using snapshots, HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged technology builds in native data protection for all running workloads from inception. Snapshots are dated and were born from the growing pains of virtualized infrastructures and the growing data problem, as was deduplication.

Data backups generate IO, which taxes all infrastructure as soon as it’s started. But HPE SimpliVity 380 backups don’t generate IO– they are just written as more metadata, which is significantly smaller than the actual data. Furthermore, remote backups only copy the unique blocks to the destination object store. There’s never any utilization of the host or the virtual machine to do the backups—and that opens up a world of possibility for extremely efficient resource usage.

The differences customers can experience is profound with HPE SimpliVity hyperconvergence. Some customers have gone from backing up a 1.5TB database in an hour and a half, to backing up the same database in five seconds. That’s what built-in data protection looks like—and what a tax-free infrastructure does for businesses.

Learn more about the new, combined HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged system here.

Dan

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DanHaggerty

Hyperconverged infrastructure; data protection; customer success stories

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