Veeam Software has partnered NetApp to develop a new data protection solution for the modern data centre to enable the always-on business. Through this partnership, Veeam will integrate its Backup & Replication solution with NetApp Snapsnot, SnapMirror and SnapVault. Charles Clarke, technical director, APAC, Veeam Software tells us more about the partnership and how the new solution will benefit enterprises.
Q: What are the demands of an 'Always-On' business and how does this partnership meet those demands?
Charles Clarke (CC): The 'Always-On' business demands zero downtime, ensuring services are available to consumers and end-users all day, every day. The always-on business also needs these services to be delivered in a timely, high-performing fashion. The partnership between Veeam Software and NetApp means that data backups can be executed quickly with minimal impact to existing infrastructure performance. More importantly it means that both Veeam and NetApp mutual customers can enjoy fast recovery times, ensuring that data loss in the event of an outage is kept to a minimum so that potential damage of any downtime is mitigated.
Q: What improvements can customers and potential customers expect to see?
CC: The Veeam and NetApp partnership is deeply technical and delivers three key capabilities:
- The ability to perform data backup with almost zero impact to the existing infrastructure by leveraging NetApp's fantastic storage snapshot technology. This unlocks more frequent backups for offsite and archive.
- Veeam allows recovery operators to reach into a storage snapshot and recover individual machines, files and application items. This means that our customers can have more recovery points to roll back from, down to minutes apart, but maintain the ability to perform granular recovery. It's like having the ability to have a zero-impact 'undo' button for all virtual machines, email and files.
- The ability to have Veeam move backups offsite using the power of the NetApp storage array. This helps customers conform to the 3-2-1 rule of data protection - three copies of data (one in production), on two different media, one of which should be offsite.
Q: In your press release, it was mentioned that the NetApp Snapshot will allow enterprises to achieve low recovery point objective (RPO) while the Veeam Backup & Replication enables low recovery time objective (RTO). Why are RTO and RPO important for businesses? How does it affect the company's bottom line?
CC: RPOs (where one can rollback to) and RTOs (how long it takes to rollback) are increasingly important for businesses running modern infrastructure. This is because the rate and range of change of data is always increasing. They demand rapid data availability in the event of an outage to minimise the cost of downtime. The average cost per hour of downtime is over US$300,000, factoring in loss of productivity, labour to fix the problem, as well as loss of revenue. With the average outage lasting for around five hours it's easy to see why organisations need to be able to recover data almost instantly: to avoid that potential US$1.5M pitfall.
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