Last year Hitachi Data Systems and Symantec entered into an expanded strategic partnership to jointly develop and deliver compelling solutions for controlling exploding data volumes, reducing backup windows and SLAs and managing complex compliance issues.
The alliance makes a lot of sense. Symantec is the leader in enterprise data protection and recovery software and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is the leader in enterprise class storage. Combining technologies from each of these companies enables customers to meet and exceed their backup, archiving and business continuity goals with a powerful and integrated and solution.
The first integrated solution was Hitachi Protection Platform backup appliance with Symantec NetBackup. When the most powerful backup application teams up with the fastest and most scalable backup appliance, you get a solution that delivers industry-leading backup and restore performance of up to 80 TB/hour, pay-as-you-grow scalability up to 4 PB and maximum efficiency and cost savings that lowers capex costs by reducing required energy, cooling, and floor space costs.
Now with the recent release of NetBackup 7.7, administrators can now direct long-term backup data to either on-premise Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) or off-premise Hitachi Cloud Service (HCS) as a fully supported and qualified S3 cloud targets.
These private and public cloud options for long-term storage of backup data provide a wealth of benefits compared to tape, including:
The NetBackup 7.7 cloud connector exploits HCP’s scalable clustered architecture by breaking large backups into chunks that are written across multiple simultaneous connections. This means all HCP nodes can contribute during data ingest phase, maximizing throughput and overall backup performance.
The HCP design also distributes cryptographic hashing computations made by HCP to guarantee integrity of stored data. This eliminates worries that your restored bits won’t exactly match your stored bits because HCP is constantly rechecking these hashes and self-repairs any defects that might develop over time.
Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
The distributed design of HCP is equally beneficial when retrieving large backup images since all nodes again participate; this along with an elimination of tape LOAD, REWIND, and SEEK operations improves overall RTO.
When setting up NetBackup with HCP, you’ll have several choices for backend data storage that include local disks (RAID6), Fibre-channel arrays (RAID6), or trays of commodity disks protected with EC (erasure codes). Through erasure coding, HCP protects NetBackup images with storage durability mathematically computed to exceed 15 9’s of availability. This feat is accomplished utilizing with large spindle, extremely cost effective drives – which means lower $/GB for you. In all cases, HCP increases backup image availability by leveraging HCP built-in replication to one or more remote sites. In the event of a disaster, your DR HCP can serve up data in milliseconds.
And finally, HCP also offers compliance options that make it impossible to accidentally overwrite or delete backups – as certain regulations may require.
So the partnership of Hitachi Data Systems and Symantec is really helping customers control, manage and overcome their most pressing data center issues and shows that HDS and Symantec are committed to providing the right technology and levels of integration to best manage your information.