Challenges of deploying Dedicated Solutions for Storage, Backup and Disaster Recovery
CapEx and OpEx Cost Implications
If we consider a different physical infrastructure for each application (Storage, Backup and Disaster Recovery) then the CapEx costs alone would be too much for a business. The IT environment would consume most of the budget also overshadowing the budget for core processes of the business. The OpEx costs would continue to consume additional resources overtime.
Even when we consider a completely virtualized environment, the CapEx cost implications are reduced but they’re still too much. Compared to physical infrastructure with dedicated solutions, the CapEx costs of virtualized environments are less but the OpEx costs increase because costs are incurred each time data is stored or retrieved.
Complexity – Managing Each Dedicated Solution
Regardless of whether it’s an IT environment with physical on-prem infrastructure or a completely virtualized environment, the management would be a complex ordeal. Each solution would have their own GUI to use and their own privacy and data security policies. This would impose a number of challenges for the enterprise IT environment, such as:
- Management of each solution would need dedicated IT personnel
- SLAs, Privacy Policies, Data Retention Policies, and Data Security policies of each solution provider would need trained staff to manage them.
- Dedicated solutions will also need IT staff to ensure that each solution is compatible with desirable third party services. For instance, let’s say the IT environment has on-premises storage appliances and they wish to integrate cloud based services with it. The staff will have to first make sure that the procured solution is compatible with the desired cloud technology.
In other words, it would require a ton of IT staff and a number of resources just to continue operations and even then, the efficiency of the entire environment would be lower compared to an environment that runs everything on a single software.
Cost Effectiveness and Simplicity with StoneFly SCVM™ – Storage Concentrator Virtual Machine
StoneFly’s Software Defined Storage (SDS) solution – SCVM enables business IT environments to setup storage, backup, disaster recovery and hyper-convergence. With SCVM™ – enterprises can setup a hybrid solution that lowers costs by up to 60%. In order to simplify the process of deploying and managing resources, SCVM™ offers a single GUI with innovative tools. The GUI runs on standard browsers and provides a user friendly interface enabling IT environments to easily access and manage their resources.
Apart from delivering cost effectiveness and simplicity, SCVM™ also enables a number of enterprise-level services:
Enterprise-level Scalability, Performance and Resource Utilization
SCVM™ offers unlimited scalability in the cloud of your choosing. Businesses can choose to setup in Microsoft Azure Storage or Amazon Web Services (AWS) or any public cloud that supports Blob or S3 storage types.
SCVM™ enables simplified and optimized management of unstructured data with the ability to support thousands of users at any number of sites. Businesses can also choose to gain scalability, durability and productivity with the performance of all flash local storage for every user, everywhere.
Effective Storage Infrastructure Consolidation
SCVM™ effectively addresses the performance requirements of enterprise IT environments by providing a complete hybrid cloud storage solution. It combines the best of both worlds – on-premises infrastructures for deployments in datacenters and virtual infrastructure for smaller IT environments like remote and branch offices, which only need unstructured data storage.
SCVM™ offers on-demand infrastructure. Instead of bearing CapEx costs, businesses can setup additional resources in public clouds or StoneFly’s private cloud for new or special projects. If businesses choose to deploy SCVM™ on existing infrastructure, they can leverage legacy infrastructure and integrate the cloud; while maintaining the ability to retain data volumes locally.
Automated Data Services and Management
Businesses can easily manage their data with a number of automated services that SCVM™ delivers. With automated tiering, IT environments can choose to automatically archive their inactive data from on-premises to relevant cloud storage tiers to reduce the cost implications of data storage resources.
With synchronous replication, data is replicated to dedicated locations to ensure business continuity and data recoverability. SCVM™ also offers automated provisioning in Microsoft Azure storage. Instead of going through a complicated process of setting up Virtual Machines (VMs) in the Azure cloud, IT environments can use SCVM™ and do it easily.
Reliable and Compliant Backup and Disaster Recovery
IT environments can ensure business continuity and data availability using software policies instead of tape rotations or backup system capacity. With SCVM™ IT environments can fine-tune their disaster recovery strategy and fix gaps by testing the pre-defined data recovery policies. This also helps businesses to ensure compliance with corporate policies for data retention, backup and disaster recovery without disrupting daily datacenter operations.
Businesses can prevent data loss and outages using SCVM™. SCVM™ facilitates all kinds of businesses (SMBs, SMEs, and Large enterprises) and all kinds of workload volumes whether small or large.
Empower your Business with enhanced IT Agility
IT environments can optimize data movement within the business and between remote/branch offices and datacenters using SCVM™’s innovative technology. SCVM™ enhances operational efficiency, decreases IT overhead and reduces IT budgets by removing unnecessary storage purchases. This helps businesses to redirect the hours of their IT staff to the core of the business and reduce storage costs by as much as 60%.
What businesses can do with StoneFly SCVM™
Briefly, this is how businesses can integrate StoneFly SCVM™ in their IT environment:
- To setup full-featured NAS or SAN appliance in Microsoft Azure, AWS or any other public cloud or StoneFly’s private cloud.
- To integrate cloud technology with legacy infrastructure to reduce storage, backup and disaster recovery costs and optimize processes.
- To setup a purpose-built hyper-converged infrastructure in an enterprise-level public cloud.
Here are some helpful articles that explain how you can do a number of things with SCVM™:
- How to discover and add storage resources in StoneFly SCVM™
- How to configure and copy volumes in SAN?
- How to expand volumes in SAN?
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