Digital transformation demands that organizations put data at the center of everything they do. That makes data protection and availability essential to the success of the enterprise.

With digital tools driving everything from customer interactions to supply chain management, organizations depend more than ever on the smooth functioning of their IT infrastructure. Downtime can be disastrous: Lack of availability of critical business applications costs the average enterprise $649,000 per hour, according to the 2019 IDC Race To Zero research report.

As the volume of data organizations collect spirals upward, the challenges of making the right information accessible on a timely basis while still protecting and preserving it have grown. The demand for availability across digital organizations has taxed legacy backup and recovery systems, making them a drag on business agility.

Complexity is only going to increase. Multi-cloud architectures, which IDC estimates will be used by 93% of cloud adopters, present new challenges to ensuring data integrity as they traverse cloud platforms. Mobile devices and the Internet of Things are also adding to the data sprawl, further pressuring fixed backup windows, and challenging organizations to track and control their digital assets.

Legacy Backup Products Just Can’t Cut It
Legacy backup and recovery systems were built for simpler days when all data was stored on-premises, usually in a small number of known locations. These systems are unable to accommodate the increasing need for data protection across multiple platforms inside the data center, at the edge of the network, and in the cloud.

They’re also ill-suited to address the growing demand by multiple functions with data-driven organizations to access current data for purposes ranging from application development to business intelligence.

Data analytics is another flourishing discipline that demands up-to-date information. Data scientists build algorithms that compare production data to historical trends to enable rapid decision-making about tasks like inventory replenishment and personalization. Split second decision-making driven by business intelligence requires access to the most current information.

Managing this increasingly complex environment requires a fresh approach to data protection. Legacy backup technology is complex, scales poorly, and is not well suited to the variable workload requirements of the modern data center as well as a mix of physical, virtual and cloud based applications. Organizations need to protect data no matter where it is physically located, and to treat their distributed data assets as a coherent whole.

Modern Data Management
Modern backup solutions make the distinctions between these environments seamless, enabling administrators to create backup policies that automatically shift data based upon such factors as age, metadata, or even content. Whereas most legacy systems are file-oriented, today’s best solutions work at the block level to give IT a fine level of control and to limit unnecessary transfers, which can trigger the egress fees that many cloud providers charge for moving data out from their infrastructure.

Organizations need a more intelligent approach to data protection that gives choice and flexibility to deploy and protect applications at the speed of business across physical, virtual, and cloud-based infrastructure.

Virtual machines have contributed significantly to IT agility by enabling workloads to be moved fluidly across on-premises infrastructure as well as to and from the cloud. However, legacy backup and recovery systems were originally designed to protect applications residing on physical servers. These solutions typically require deploying agents for each guest OS in a virtual environment, leading to additional management complexity and potential disruption to application performance.

Snapshot Advantage
With the addition of snapshot technology, organizations can become even more nimble. Snapshots preserve an image of the current state of an application at a given point in time. Snapshots complement backup but don’t replace it. Their advantage lies in extremely rapid recovery times, since data can be recovered directly from primary storage without the need to reload operating systems and applications.

A snapshot taken from production servers can also be restored to a test environment or cloud instance for testing or development. This enables a development team, for example, to test bug fixes and upgrades on duplicates of the production environment, or for data scientists to access information from minutes-old images for faster decision-making. Disaster recovery plans can be tested in environments that mirror the real world. Security patches, new applications, and upgrades can be tested in an environment replicated by snapshots prior to introducing them to production.

From Cost Center to Value Creator
These examples demonstrate how the venerable backup process can be transformed to become a driver of business agility and digital transformation. The technology to achieve these benefits exists today in the combination of technologies from NetApp and Veeam.

NetApp’s ONTAP data management software manages and protects data across on-premises data centers, edge devices, and the cloud, enabling IT to quickly and safely move data to where it’s needed. Veeam’s tight integration with ONTAP dramatically simplifies IT operations by automating the process of protecting applications and data from NetApp storage snapshots. To improve application service-level agreements, nearly instant application and data recovery can be performed directly from NetApp storage snapshots by leveraging Veeam’s intelligent data management capabilities.

Legacy Backup Products Just Can’t Cut It
Legacy backup and recovery systems were built for simpler days when all data was stored on-premises, usually in a small number of known locations. These systems are unable to accommodate the increasing need for data protection across multiple platforms inside the data center, at the edge of the network, and in the cloud.

They’re also ill-suited to address the growing demand by multiple functions with data-driven organizations to access current data for purposes ranging from application development to business intelligence.

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