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HPE RMC 6.0: Storage-integrated data protection and copy data management at the speed of all-flash


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EDITOR'S NOTE: RMC 6.2 was recently announced - read the newest post about RMC 6.2 here

HPE RMC 6.0 is here! HPE Nimble Storage support and copy data management integration plus simplified SLA policy management make this the most exciting RMC release yet. Learn more now.

We just announced HPE RMC 6.0 to extend storage-integrated data protection and copy data management to HPE Nimble Storage[i]. The new RMC release also helps you take the time and stress out of data protection, enabling the creation and automation of data protection SLA policies with just a few clicks. RMC 6.0 also helps you get more from your backups, transforming backup from a reactive insurance policy to a proactive value-add service with integrated copy data management services.

Let’s take a closer look at the data protection and copy data management challenges that this solution is designed to address and overview the key features, benefits, and value that RMC 6.0 can deliver to HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Nimble Storage customers.

Evolving data protection architectures for business‑critical applications

Server-centric backup processes can impact application performance with data typically flowing through the application and backup server. Backup server infrastructures introduce escalating cost and complexity with the need to disruptively acquire and manage additional servers, software licenses, and networking equipment as application data grows.

Array-based snapshots and replication provide fast, non-disruptive point-in-time copies of your data. But snapshots alone cannot deliver comprehensive backup as they have retention limitations, and a dependence on the underlying storage system. Simply put, your snapshots will be lost if the storage system fails.

A better approach is to combine the near instant, non-intrusive availability of local and remote snapshots and replication with the reliable recovery and cost-effective retention of backups. This innovative modernized architecture is delivered with application-aware, flash-integrated data protection.HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) 6.0.jpg

Welcome to flash-integrated data protection

HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) 6.0 software integrates HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Nimble Storage all-flash arrays with HPE StoreOnce Systems to provide a flash-integrated snapshot, replication, and backup service that augments traditional backup approaches.

Combining the performance of snapshots and replication with the protection of backups, Recovery Manager Central enables fast, efficient, reliable, and simple protection for your business-critical applications.

Eliminate backup windows and enable fast recovery

Do you need to deliver on stringent recovery SLAs with no performance impact on your applications? 

Recovery Manager Central lets you eradicate the backup window and enable rapid recovery with fast, non-disruptive, application consistent local and remote snapshots.

RMC removes the application server and backup server from the data path, thus eliminating any performance impact on the application. Scalable, non-duplicative snapshots allow administrators a greater number of backups for a frequent extended history of recovery points, offering flexibility when committing to tight recovery point objective (RPO) SLAs.

RMC leverages snapshot differential technology in HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Nimble Storage, ensuring that only changed blocks are sent to the StoreOnce Backup system. This reduces both network traffic and storage usage for lower costs. Every backup completes at the speed of an incremental but is stored as a synthetic full backup, which makes application recovery faster and more efficient.

RMC backup delivers up to 23x faster backups and up to 15x faster restores than traditional backup methods with 9x lower CPU consumption[ii].

Reduce cost and complexity

Are you looking to improve efficiency by reducing the cost and complexity of your backup infrastructure?

The RMC Express Protect feature allows you to backup snapshots directly from HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE Nimble Storage to StoreOnce.

RMC streamlines and simplifies your backup architecture by eliminating extraneous infrastructure. It requires fewer server, storage, and network resources and reduces the number of systems you need to purchase and maintain for data protection.

RMC takes the time and stress out of data protection, enabling the creation and automation of data protection policies with just a few clicks.

RMC reduces the number of snapshots required for protection. All backups are deduplicated using StoreOnce technology, thus reducing backup storage requirements by up to 20 times[iii]. This deduplicated data can be economically stored on StoreOnce for extended periods

Reduce risk exposure

Do you want to reduce your risk exposure by ensuring the recovery of your backup data?

Recovery Manager Central offers reliable and cost-effective retention and recovery of deduplicated backups with HPE StoreOnce, a fast, scalable, and highly available backup system.

Snapshots backed up on StoreOnce are self-contained, fully independent volumes that can be restored back to the original or different HPE 3PAR StoreServ or HPE Nimble Storage system in the event of a disaster or physical problems with the production storage environment. Backups can be copied from one StoreOnce appliance to another or to the cloud for disaster recovery purposes. This level of data protection cannot be achieved with snapshots alone.

Application integrated data protection

RMC reduces cost and complexity by enabling application integrated protection for VMware®, Microsoft® SQL, Microsoft Exchange, Oracle, SAP HANA®, 3PAR File Persona and any Microsoft VSS-enabled application running as a virtual machine. VM, Oracle, SAP HANA, Exchange and SQL database admins can manage application consistent snapshots, backup, and recovery seamlessly and directly from within their preferred native interfaces.

Built for cloud data protection for hybrid cloud

RMC support for HPE Cloud Bank Storage lets you leverage the economics, agility, and flexibility of the cloud for modernized data protection.

You can seamlessly, securely, and cost-effectively move backup data to the public, private, hybrid cloud or on-premises object storage—enabling long-term retention, archive and reliable disaster recovery that is simple and efficient.

The solution sends, stores, and retrieves only unique data for lower TCO and is highly scalable, enabling the protection and retention of more than 100 PB of backup data with 20X lower cloud storage costs[iv].

Put your backup data to work

Today’s businesses are looking to leverage backup data for more than just recovery. We realize that you are are evolving your data protection process from being a reactive insurance policy to a proactive, value-added service for your organization.  HPE 3PAR and HPE Nimble storage-integrated copy data management with RMC 6.0 solves the challenges of copy data proliferation and manual data provisioning with fast, automated and zero-impact data access for multi-tier data protection, space efficient test/dev, analytics, and reporting.

Bottom line with RMC 6.0

Get the most from your migration to flash by making data protection and copy data management an application-integrated and built-for-cloud function of flash storage. HPE RMC 6.0 integrates HPE 3PAR and HPE Nimble Storage all-flash arrays with HPE StoreOnce appliances, leveraging snapshot performance with backup protection to deliver flash speed application protection and copy data management built for cloud with less cost and complexity. 

Watch this Chalk Talk video from Calvin for a comprehensive overview of RMC 6.0.

Learn more on RMC 6.0 and flash-based data protection

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[i] RMC 6.0 will be available from December 2018 and will ship as standard with every HPE 3PAR & HPE Nimble Storage array as part of the array all-inclusive license

[ii] Based on HPE testing of backup performance comparison between HPE Recovery Manager Central and traditional backup environments

[iii] Assuming dedupe ratio of 20:1 as compared to a fully hydrated backup

[iv] Assuming dedupe ratio of 20:1 as compared to a fully hydrated backup

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