Whether business data resides on site or in the cloud, IT organizations need to establish a common data protection scheme for all of it. Data-loss risks are comparable for both on- and off-premises data. And these days, IT organizations have a horse in both races: On-premises data protection remains prevalent, but organizations have increased their use of cloud-centric backup. Hyperconverged-based backup/recovery is also an emerging approach.
However, too many organizations are operating totally different data availability solutions in those differing environments. Using disparate protection solutions in this manner is risky. That’s because adhering to established recovery point objectives/recovery time objectives (RPOs/RTOs) is necessary for all protection data, regardless of where it is being housed. Without a common data protection scheme in place, some workloads that require protection can fall through the cracks.
That situation then puts the business at risk, or at the very least, it causes the business’s operating-overhead costs to increase. Among the IT organizations surveyed by ESG, 71% report that the amount of downtime they can tolerate for key applications is less than an hour and 38% can tolerate only one hour or less of downtime, even for lower-priority applications. Those are short timeframes as it is, yet surveyed IT pros also report that a top mandate being issued by IT leadership is to improve RPOs and RTOs even further.
Another factor to consider relates to backups of software-as-a-service (SaaS) application data, especially Microsoft Office 365 backups. Consider that 33% of data protection professionals surveyed by ESG believe SaaS-based applications don’t need to be backed up at all and 37% rely solely on their SaaS vendor to protect SaaS-resident application data. When it comes to the Office 365 business productivity suite in particular, 27% of survey respondents said they have no Office 365 recovery capabilities.
Modern Data Protection: On-premises and in the Cloud…and then Back On-premises
If the goal is to achieve RPO/RTO consistency, increase operational efficiency and simplify staff training, then protection schemes for data on site, data born in the cloud, and data that was moved to the cloud must all be identical. Using a common set of tools for protection across the board is just more efficient because it minimizes operational inefficiency and operator error.
Fortunately, leading cloud data management vendor Veeam is working to provide organizations with just that type of solution, and this work includes establishing strong partnerships with cloud and IT infrastructure providers. In this case, Veeam is partnering with hyperconverged infrastructure provider Nutanix. Like Veeam, Nutanix is well known for solutions designed to put ease of use at the forefront—the highly regarded Nutanix Prism interface is one example.
Nutanix also specializes in on-premises enterprise cloud support. It is a natural fit that Veeam and Nutanix are working together to offer IT organizations what essentially is “a cloud experience on site.”
Having a cloud experience on site is an especially important advantage now. A growing number of organizations are bringing secondary data sets back on site from the cloud. Sometimes they do so to improve their regulatory compliance posture. Other times they do so to mitigate data-security-related risks. The rising OpEx costs for cloud subscriptions are another reason an organization may bring secondary data sets back on site. And of course, data recovery issues are yet another impetus for repatriation.
A converged infrastructure is one of the most frequently selected options for running repatriated data and applications. Organizations that have repatriated primary/production (not secondary) workloads from the cloud report to ESG that improved security, performance, availability, and recoverability (recoverability was cited by 33% of respondents) emerged as key benefits.
New: Veeam and Nutanix Mine
As mentioned, Veeam and Nutanix have been expanding their partnership. Most recently, Nutanix tapped Veeam to help it support Nutanix Mine with Veeam—an integrated, pre-packaged hyperconverged appliance-plus-software solution offering organizations a better way to get “the best of both worlds” in the form of fully unified on-site/off-site data protection and recovery.
The offering appears to be highly suitable for any organization experiencing challenges in protecting increasingly complex applications within IT environments that are marked by sprawling infrastructures, siloed management and technology stacks, and chronic inabilities to meet tight SLAs.
Nutanix Mine with Veeam extends the core strengths of Nutanix AOS software, popular for the past ten years, to secondary data. It integrates with leading data protection software from Veeam, with the software running in a hyperconverged manner on Nutanix core AOS. It is meant to be an entirely self-sufficient turnkey solution that provides compute, memory, storage, and now, data availability/backup too.
It can be deployed as a complete solution with all hardware and software included. Or, for no additional cost, organizations that already own Veeam software can use those Veeam instances—thus maximizing the return on their software investment.
Overall, the objective of Veeam and Nutanix centers on combining one of the industry’s best HCI solutions with the exemplary data protection capabilities of one of the industry’s top data availability solutions providers to create a modern and efficient backup/recovery solution.
The Veeam-Nutanix Partnership
Nutanix created an incredible, truly enterprise-class technology. The integration with Veeam makes it even better. Nutanix makes sure high availability is built-in and Veeam takes care of establishing additional connections to the cloud, tape support, granular restores, and a common availability interface across all supported hypervisors.
Their combined solution is a cloud-like offering marked by extreme operational simplicity and efficiency, outstanding scalability, excellent risk-reduction and cost-control characteristics…and of course impressive levels of application and data Availability.
The recent RMAN and HANA support, and the ongoing joint collaboration to support interoperability between the Veeam Cloud Tier object storage feature and Nutanix Mine both exemplify how well this Nutanix/Veeam alliance is turning out.