Buying Guide: Backup Appliances

Post by Drew Robb (thank you)

IDC recently put out a report on the worldwide purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) market. The big news was declining revenues, which are likely to continue due to changes in the dynamics of this space.

“The worldwide PBBA market experienced a year-over-year decline in the second quarter of 2015 as the market continues to evolve,” said Liz Conner, a storage analyst at IDC. “Focus continues to shift away from hardware-centric, on-premise PBBA systems to hybrid/gateway systems. The results are greater emphasis on backup and deduplication software, the ability to tier or push data to the cloud, and the increasing commoditization of hardware, all of which require market participants to adjust product portfolios accordingly.”

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Getting to know the Network Block Device Transport in VMware vStroage APIs for Data Protection

Post by Abdul Rasheed (thank you)

When you backup a VMware vSphere virtual machine using vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP), one of the common ways to transmit data from VMware data store to backup server is through Network Block Device (NBD) transport. NBD is a Linux-like module that attaches to VMkernel and makes the snapshot of the virtual machine visible to backup server as if the snapshot is a block device on network. While NBD is quite popular and easy to implement, it is also the least understood transport mechanisms in VADP based backups.

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HP StoreOnce SQL Plug-in: Faster, efficient backup for Microsoft SQL Server databases

Post by Ian Blatchford (thank you)

Today’s BURA Sunday blog continues conversations started in recent posts from colleagues in HP Storage that have covered storage infrastructure and protection to optimize Microsoft SQL Server deployments.

Parissa talked about how deploying SQL Server databases on HP 3PAR StoreServ 7450 would save you from the tradeoff between database performance and resiliency. All-flash storage means very low latency and Peer Persistence between two distributed 3PAR StoreServ arrays provides resiliency against catastrophic site failure. Ashwin previewed the StoreOnce plug-in that enables DBAs to run direct backups from the SQL Server database to a StoreOnce appliance. He also described some of the benefits of using HP Data Protector for organizations who want to include SQL Server database protection as part of a centralized data protection process.

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Deduplicated Backup Storage – 3 Modes of Operation

Good post by Brian Seltzer (thank you)

The move away from tape backups towards disk-based backups has been going on for a while now.  Storing backups on disk generally means faster backups and faster restores.  However, disk isn’t as cheap as tape, and storing many terabytes or even petabytes of data on disk can lead to sprawling storage systems.  To reduce the cost and physical size of backup disk, backup storage is commonly deduplicated.  This can have a pretty dramatic impact on the size of backed up data, especially if your retention period include multiple full backups.

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How does Data Loss Happen and How can it be Stopped?

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

A recent blog by B&L Associates brought to light the problem of data loss. The entry cites surveys from Kroll Ontrack and EMC, which indicated that organizations see data loss as their single most significant risk and that the cost of losing data is almost two trillion dollars worldwide. Assuming that most of these organizations have some form of a data protection process in place and that those processes include some form of disaster recovery, why does data loss occur and how can it be prevented?

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Combining snapshots and backups for best practice data protection

Post by Simon Watkins (thank you)

When it comes to best practice data protection for your business-critical applications, no single snapshot or backup technology can provide the complete solution. Snapshots and backups have different yet complementary roles to play for availability, backup and disaster recovery.

When you’re looking for a comprehensive, tiered and converged data protection architecture that balances availability and protection, it should not be a question of either-or but more a case of where and how to best use snapshots and backup.  

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CommVault Announces Backup Appliance With NetApp

Post by Adam Armstrong (thank you)

Today CommVault announced the availability of the CommVault Backup Appliance with NetApp. The appliance is a combination of Simpana software with NetApp’s E-Series storage in a purpose-built, pre-configured data protection solution. This solution furthers the partnership between the two companies that started with the development of NetApp SnapProtect.

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Unstructured Data is distracting Backup Administrators

Post by George Crump (thank you)

File based data accounts for more than 80 percent of capacity demand and backup administrators spend most of their time protecting this unstructured data. But the remaining set, structured data, will cause the organization the most harm if it is not recoverable. This data (databases, VM Images) requires special backups and fast recoveries. The key to protecting the organization from disaster is to eliminate the unstructured data protection problem. If backup administrators could focus 100% of their time on 20% of their problem, then organizations would be in a much better position to protect themselves from a disaster.

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TAPE LIVES… virtually: SpectraLogic and Veeam twin old and new tech

Good Post by Chris Mellor (thank you) over at El Reg

Backup data source Veeam and backup data target SpectraLogic are getting into bed together, and offering combined old school tape/new school virtual server backup software.

The arrangement involves Veeam’s Availability Suite and Spectra’s T-Series tape libraries and its near-line storage nTier Verde disk arrays.

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HP StoreOnce Backup Solutions

http://hp.com/go/storeonce – This video features the HP StoreOnce complete portfolio depicted model and major features.