In a previous blog, Kate Davis, WW Marketing Manager, HP Software-Defined Storage, wrote about 5 key factors companies should consider when contemplating a move to a hyper-converged infrastructure. One of the factors she mentioned was protection. According to Enterprise Strategy Group’s 2015 IT Spending Intentions Survey, 46% of respondents chose security and IT risk management as a spending priority. With security held at such a high priority, organizations need to explore how hyper-converged infrastructure can enhance data protection and improve business continuity.
In the age of big data, the rapid growth of data makes it harder for your business to meet backup requirements. Recovery Point Objective and Recovery Time Objective requirements are also becoming stricter, placing more pressure on your business continuity measures. As you plan to deploy hyper-converged architecture, you should work with your vendor to prepare for backup and recovery.
One advantage of hyper-converged infrastructure is that it eliminates Storage Area Network (SAN) as a single point of failure. In traditional infrastructures, SAN may be overwhelmed by large data processing jobs, creating bottlenecks. Any time maintenance needs to be performed on the SAN, storage must go offline, resulting in costly downtime. By using Direct-Attached Storage within servers as shared storage and moving the data closer to applications, hyper-converged infrastructure overcomes the performance issues created by SAN.
Developing a Security Plan
Planning ahead is the key to implementing a hyper-converged infrastructure that provides the security your business needs. When you are choosing the elements of your pre-engineered blocks of compute, network, and storage, you can work with your vendor to ensure that you have enough capacity available at all levels to make necessary copies of data. Your vendor can create a highly available and resilient storage layer that can protect against multiple failures.
Hyper-converged infrastructure makes data protection easier by providing deduplication, backup, replication, and speedy recovery.
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