SteelFusion; Hyper-converged Backups?



Super-mega-hyper-converged-as-a-cloud-service. It’s the future; I read it on the Internet. Technology and the operational models that go with it are diversifying and expanding in what seems like every five minutes.

A service or a process you didn’t think you needed yesterday is now the industry standard by tomorrow lunch time and you need to be a part of it.

But fundamentally through all of these changes, the basics are still the same; data needs to be backed up and it needs to be able to be restored. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the cloud, running ‘Something as a Service’ or in the data center, if data is lost it needs to be restored.

I’ve used the following extract from Bloomberg a couple of times in other posts, but it’s so powerful it should be on a poster next to every IT Manager’s desk;

‘…Fixing a hard drive isn’t cheap, until you compare it with the costs of losing all the business data. A 2003 Pepperdine University study put the cost of data lost to businesses at $18 billion a year. Such expenses can spell the end of a small company. About 43% of all businesses that experience a catastrophic data loss never reopen, and 51% shut down within two years, according to a University of Texas study…’

So it really doesn’t matter what current IT trend you’re following or what service you’re utilizing from the cloud, if you lose the data you lose the business.

Where, how, and who

Where is the data? How is it backed up? How do you restore it?  Who is looking after the backups?

In a well-run DC / central office environment these questions are usually answered with a designated IT team or ‘that guy’, but what about the remote branch offices?

What data have you got out there? How is it being backed up? How would you restore it? Who is making sure the backups are working? And the new sites… new applications… new services…?

Bringing it all home under one roof

SteelFusion doesn’t remove backups, it makes them easier to administer and control. By moving all the essential business data from the remote branch offices back into the DC, the previously isolated remote data now has access to enterprise class backup and restore infrastructure;

  •     No more silos of backups to administer
  •     No more remote backup infrastructure
  •     No more reliance on remote office staff
  •     No more forgotten sites!

All of the critical business data under one roof, taking advantage of data center processes and infrastructure for backup and restore.

Avoiding the remote office backup hardware refresh

In an ideal world every remote branch office has the same backup and restore physical architecture, vendor software, and processes. But in reality, and as any IT administrator that’s earned their stripes will tell you, business demands result in systems that may have started out the same, but soon head off at different tangents:

  •     A new application that doesn’t support the old version
  •     Technology going End of Support or End of Life
  •     Broken hardware that can’t be replaced
  •     A shift in the business model
  •     Budget restrictions in lean times

Multiply those factors by the number of remote sites, and it’s easy to see how resources and budget are taken away from development and used to try and support business as usual activities. With SteelFusion moving remote branch office backups into the DC, the impact SteelFusion has on lowering administrative, resource, and budgetary costs becomes clear.

Hyper-converged infrastructures are all about taking the traditional IT disparate systems of storage, network, and compute and rolling them into one seamless managed package. SteelFusion does this by design, but it also brings all your remote branch office backups into one single location as well. 

SteelFusion; an end to the traditional backup vendor?

SteelFusion is a complimentary technology to a comprehensive backup and restore strategy. SteelFusion brings silos of remote data and the associated backups back to the DC where it can take advantage of the DC enterprise infrastructure. This data needs to be backed up and managed just like any data in the DC, and SteelFusion enables this.

By bringing the backups back to the DC, rather than having a licensing nightmare by having multiple licenses over multiple sites and managing these on a site-by-site basis, the whole backup licensing cost model can be looked at centrally. Customers and backup vendors can now more accurately scope their licensing models on exactly what data they have, both at the remote branch offices and the DC.

To see how SteelFusion transforms your remote branch office backups, visit the ZeroBranch IT website.


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