Hyperconvergence to the Rescue!

by kriley April 17, 2018

Hyperconvergence to the Rescue! 4 Ways to Consolidate for Rapid Recovery

Complexity isn’t the only problem caused by legacy infrastructures. Performing legacy backup and recovery is so time-consuming, it’s sometimes omitted and in worst cases not done at all, putting business continuity at risk. Only 68 percent of companies test backup weekly or monthly. Considering the mean cost of downtime is as high as $1.7 million and that 95 percent of enterprise had a data outage in the past 24 months, backup and recovery is mission-critical to corporate survival.

Consider these sobering facts …

  • 29 percent of hard drive failures are caused by accident
  • 60 percent of SMBs that lose data will close in six months
  • 58 percent of SMBs aren’t prepared for data loss

The fact, is, today’s businesses must be protected from all kinds of disruptions; including those from ransomware attacks, which cost companies $1 billion annually. The problem: It takes too long to manually backup and restore legacy infrastructure stacks. Perhaps that’s why only 42 percent of ransomware victims can successfully recover their data from backups. In fact, in 2016 a healthcare company lost two weeks of data because of a backup failure and in 2017, a police department lost eight years of data because of a backup occurred after an infection making recovery of the data impossible.

Hyper converged infrastructure (HCI) converges storage, servers, and networking components into a single appliance that can be more easily managed and protected. It’s a solution more small and midsize companies are turning to for infrastructure capacity and business continuity, and here’s why.

1. It speeds backup and recovery.

HCI consolidation eliminates much of the hardware complexity that makes backup and recovery so challenging. Continuity is as easy as backing up the single HCI appliance, instead of separate servers for every application. Products like HPE SimpliVity built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, can reduce data center devices by 10:1. It can also increase staff productivity by 50 percent with built-in backup and replication that eliminates the need for manual intervention. A complete local backup or local restore of a 1 TB VM, for instance, can take as little as one minute to complete, which can save hours of backup management time per day; adding up to 24 hours a week.

2. It streamlines protection.

Your business has more endpoints in every corner, running applications and data that require multiple backup and recovery solutions. Data protection is integrated into the HCI compute/storage stack, so there’s no additional backup or recovery software to manage or buy. Using HPE SimpliVity built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, for instance, 51 percent of customers were able to completely retire their use of third-party backup and recovery solutions — and 70 percent saw an improvement in their backup and recovery operations.

3. It requires less capacity.

One of the more challenging aspects of legacy backup and recovery is the massive amount of backup and recovery data. HCI systems like HPE SimpliVity feature always-on data deduplication and compression that saves 90 percent capacity across storage and backup. With less data to manage and store, freed-up capacity can speed local and remote backup and restoration tasks and overall deliver 52:1 improvement in data efficiency.

4. It’s easy on IT staff.

Workloads are dispersed here, there, and everywhere across cloud, virtualized, and on-premises infrastructure. Trying to backup so many discrete resources can quickly eat away at IT bandwidth — and the expertise required to ensure reliable recovery isn’t always guaranteed.  Appliances like HPE SimpliVity built on the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, are designed to be deployed and managed by IT generalists; no special IT skills are required. Management and optimization of the infrastructure stack (including backup and recovery) can be performed with a few simple mouse clicks.   

Learn more and discover how ASI System Integration, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Partner, can deliver enterprise-class HCI performance with end-to-end app and data protection and resiliency.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise specializations include Platinum: Converged Infrastructure, Networking.

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