In this blog, we are comparing traditional siloed IT infrastructures with unified environments. Through this comparison, you are able to understand what happens, what functions develop and what managerial tasks are required on a daily basis to maintain such environments. But most importantly you are able to understand what is costing your organization to sustain either a traditional or a unified infrastructure.
How a traditional, siloed IT infrastructure environment feels like
A few years ago, when you negotiated your last major infrastructure upgrade, you managed to get a superb deal for what was then a cutting-edge storage platform with snapshots and features you’d never dreamed possible. You got a deal that included all the feature licensing, manufacturer support and software plugins that made your administration easy and you thought you’d cracked it. But then you realized the aggressive snapshot schedule for backups that you’d created was swallowing up data like there was no tomorrow. The storage vendor had promised that the post-process deduplication would save you loads of space, but it was actually chewing through system resources quicker than you had imagined.
To ease the load on the SAN you decided on a stand-alone archive solution that worked with your servers and to cater for this extra snapshot data that was being generated. You planned that this would free up space on your pride and joy. This meant choosing new or reusing, the good old backup and archive software you’d been thinking you’d get away from. Which, by the way, came with its own software tax in the form of licensing, hardware resource overheads and manufacturer/reseller software support.
Not to mention the administration time in checking backup reports and fixing the all too familiar failed backups. Inevitably you needed somewhere to store all this backup data and to keep it on your nice new primary SAN was not cost effective so you had to come up with a secondary, more cost-effective, storage tier for all the archives.
Of course, once this was in full swing there was extra network traffic that was generated, bussing this copy data to the secondary storage meaning extra network ports and data flows across what was a growing platform.
This forced you to have to work out your backup windows around your production hours so that server and network performance weren’t affected by the backup process. Pretty soon after that, you decided that running deduplication was affecting performance too much and the advice you received from the reseller/vendor was to turn it off.
How a unified infrastructure environment setup can look like
Well, that was the old way. Continuous and radical advancements in technology paired with passionate, visionary teams have made way for simpler approaches, intuitive configurations and enhanced user experiences. It might seem surprising but you don’t have to go through that process again when you choose your replacement SAN/Backup solution. The team here at Reduxio threw the playbook away when thinking how enterprise infrastructure should look like and came up with an architecture that breaks silos and unifies primary and secondary storage management functions with built-in data protection capabilities.
No longer do you need to have a secondary storage tier, as now you can combine both your flash performing, primary storage and your cost-effective secondary platforms in one. Gone is the issue of mushrooming data growth as Reduxio performs in-line, always-on deduplication and compression in real time with no performance overhead! Also gone is the need for a backup software and licensing. Reduxio’s Backdating™ technology, which recovers data to 1 second RPO in seconds, is an integral part of the shipped product with no extra licensing required. And as it’s part of the platform you don’t need to cater for any extra network traffic. The only data needed to pass through the integrated 4 X 10Gbps Ethernet interfaces is your server data.
If this was enough to raise some eyebrows, take a look of how the life of an I/O looks like inside the Reduxio Universe: