Exponential growth in data, dramatic changes in business models, and compelling need for scale and speed are some of the monumental challenges confronting modern enterprises, which must embrace IT transformation (ITX) as a fundamental strategy. ITX involves embracing best-of-class technologies and a holistic architecture that includes the core, edge, and the cloud. One of these powerful tools to modernize the datacenter is hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), a scale-out and software-defined system that has been experiencing rapid growth in the past few years.
The reasons behind HCI’s popularity are numerous, including use of nonproprietary and industrystandard hardware, elimination of three-tiered SAN architecture, lower capex and opex, ease of deployment, simplicity of management, scalability, performance, and powerful features. HCI offers simplicity of deployment and management by integrating compute, storage, and network, and in one case, a hypervisor is included into a single turnkey solution.
Veeam commissioned IDC to conduct primary research into the requirements and adoption of trends of data protection with HCI in March 2019. IDC surveyed 300 respondents — all HCI users — worldwide, with half of the respondents from North America and the other half from Europe. We had a representative mix of industries, and company sizes ranged from small companies (with 100 employees) to very large organizations (with more than 10,000 employees). Three-quarters of the organizations were from midsize enterprises (with 500–9,999 employees).
The Veeam Availability Platform includes the following primary products: Veeam Backup & Replication, Veeam ONE, and Veeam Availability Orchestrator. Veeam ONE is a tool designed for monitoring and capacity management of an entire environment from a single console. Veeam Availability Orchestrator enables consistent workflows and runbooks for routine data restoration, disaster recoveries, and platform migrations.
Veeam provides “data protection, data retention, and data availability” — to use Veeam’s own words — for virtual, physical, and cloud workloads and enables visibility and mobility of data across private, public, and hybrid clouds. Management through a single console, automation, proactive monitoring, and intelligent diagnostics make IT operations simple and efficient. Veeam’s software can test and verify every backup and every virtual machine for recoverability, which is an invaluable service in the backup world. Customers can also leverage Veeam’s DataLabs, which allows developers and operations teams to use productionlike workloads to validate updates, security vulnerabilities, forensics, and GDPR compliance.
Veeam partners with a wide range of enterprise hardware and software vendors, thus creating a powerful ecosystem of tools and solutions. Veeam also partners with key HCI vendors such as Nutanix, Dell Technologies, Cisco, and HPE, as well as traditional datacenter component vendors such as NetApp, Pure Storage, and Lenovo. For example, Nutanix and Veeam just announced a new hyperconverged data protection solution called Nutanix Mine with Veeam that enables customers to manage their HCI environment and backup operations from a single management console. By implementing Veeam with HCI, users can leverage a consistent data protection strategy and management stack across all application platforms, and implementation can be both on-premise and in multicloud/hybrid cloud environments.
Veeam must continue its innovation and mutually beneficial partnerships. Veeam’s most recent integration with Nutanix is a bold and a strategic move that could be replicated with other HCI and storage vendors, as suggested by Veeam’s recent with Veeam announcement. Veeam should also emphasize big data and analytics to help customers create virtual data lakes out of backed up and replicated data. When data becomes a gold mine of insights that drive business initiatives, Veeam and its customers win.
HCI is a rapidly growing element of IT infrastructure, especially for on-premise application deployments, and will host more than one-third of production applications within a year. Thus data protection remains as important for HCI as it is for traditional infrastructure. To simplify management, reduce risk, and guarantee compliance, IT organizations desire data protection solutions that are seamlessly integrated with their HCI solutions. Those organizations that bring data protection into the HCI solution early on realize greater benefits in terms of better application availability, less complexity, and lower cost. Implementing Veeam with HCI offers IT organizations the opportunity to standardize data protection across their environment and leverage Veeam’s rich and robust features.