In today’s economy, most businesses require instant data access. With more applications being identified as mission- or business-critical, data protection and availability are more important than ever. In this white paper, you’ll learn about the requirements driving the need for increased availability, less complexity and improved reliability which all help optimize resources. Then you’ll see how Veeam and Hewlett Packard Enterprise solutions can help you meet your availability objectives, future-proof your data center investment, and gain capabilities that provide data protection without limits to meet your business needs. You’ll also see examples of how other organizations have used these technologies to attain mission-critical application availability, meeting recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs), and providing fast, reliable disaster recovery capabilities for their modern data centers.
Business availability requirements
Today, globalization has become the norm. The explosion of mobile device usage and internet access now requires your website to be constantly available. Additionally, employees need 24/7 access to corporate resources. These types of requirements drive the need for increased levels of availability and recoverability for your business services.
It’s important to understand that downtime isn’t just the time that a given resource is unavailable. True, downtime must be counted as the time that users are unable to access the applications and resources they need. But loss of revenue and operational capabilities are only part of the costs. Downtime can also result in lost customer confidence, damage to brand reputation, employee productivity losses, and reduced confidence in IT. Outside of the organization, there might be financial impact to partners. The bottom line is that any amount of downtime equals lost revenue.
System failure is inevitable. The modern data center is comprised of many components, leading to significant complexity. To ensure application availability, you need to build in availability technologies, including data protection strategies, as you build out your infrastructure. Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Veeam help you ensure your application availability, meet your backup and restore objectives, and take advantage of reliable, high-speed disaster recovery capabilities resulting in decreased resource constraints and increased employee productivity
Meeting your data protection goals
Companies have turned to virtualization in order to improve efficiency, increase workload performance, and enhance business continuity. These changes have driven the need for less complicated solutions. Companies are executing on their digital transformation strategies to meet customer and business needs.
Improving availability, backup, and recovery are at the core of all enterprise data protection strategies. Today’s virtual environments present new challenges for protecting and recovering data. Legacy backup tools were built with physical servers in mind, which can cause long backup cycles, performance constraints, and limited recovery capabilities in a virtual environment. Due to the limitations of legacy backup tools for virtual environments, companies are turning to solutions that are not only purpose-built for virtual environments to protect their virtual machines (VMs), but can also serve as a holistic data protection solution across virtual, physical, and cloud environments.
One key factor is that legacy backup tools typically rely on agents running inside the VM to accomplish backup and recovery operations. These agents, running inside VMs, can create resource problems. They use guest CPU cycles and consume network bandwidth and memory. Agents also add to the complexity of maintaining software, and increase support costs. Plus, agent-based technology doesn’t work at all when VMs are powered off, unavailable, or newly provisioned. Adding further to this, more organizations are using multiple hypervisors, and in many cases each hypervisor utilizes a different backup solution, resulting in increased management demands.
Veeam uses agentless technology that is designed from the ground up to protect VMs. Veeam’s integration with HPE Storage solutions lets you create application-consistent backups from HPE 3PAR and HPE Nimble Storage snapshots for fast and efficient data protection. Veeam software integrates with HPE 3PAR, HPE Nimble Storage, HPE Apollo, HPE StoreOnce, and HPE StoreEver products to provide a complete data protection strategy with improved availability.
In the overview you can see how the combination of Veeam and HPE storage technologies provide a comprehensive strategy for achieving any recovery and retention requirements.