How netapp & veeam pulls it all together

Data protection is changing. Today backup software can recover in-place, instantiating volumes directly on the backup storage which enables organizations to significantly reduce recovery windows. Consequently, the performance of the backup storage hardware matters more than ever. At the same time backup software can scale to manage petabytes of stored backup data, so keeping the hardware costs associated with storing this data in check is also critical. Finally, new compliance regulations mean that data within backups must meet both retention requirements and new data privacy demands.

Software applications like the Veeam Availability Platform provide the capabilities for organizations to meet all of these requirements. The challenge for organizations is to update the hardware components within their data protection architecture so that the software can meet its fullest potential.

The components of a modern data protection infrastructure

Tier 0 — Snapshot based instant recovery

Snapshots have been available as a form of recovery for over a decade. The problem is that snapshots are not typically integrated into the data protection process. Storage system snapshots need to be integrated with and managed by the A 4-tier approach to modern data protection software so that IT administrators have a single point of truth when trying to determine which is the most appropriate data set to recover.

Several storage systems on the market can retain almost unlimited snapshot copies. The challenge is finding the right data within all those snapshots. Integrating the snapshots with the backup solution enables searching of those snapshots via the backup solution’s search capabilities.

When snapshots are integrated into the data protection solution, it is possible to perform near instant application recoveries directly off the primary storage system – allowing for greatly enhanced recovery points and recovery time objectives. The result should be a seamless application performance experience.

The downside of using snapshots as a data protection solution is that they are dependent on the primary storage system and its volume to remain viable. If the storage system fails, then both the primary volume and its snapshots are also unavailable. For these reasons, IT administrators should use snapshots alongside other data protection tiers.

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A 4-tier approach to modern data protection

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