Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2013. Read them in this VMblog.com series exclusive.
Contributed article by Jarrett Potts, director of strategic marketing
STORServer: 2013 Predictions for Backup of the Virtual VaporData
lives everywhere: phones, laptops, servers and much more. It is created by so
many applications-from Twitter and Facebook to email and databases, and the
list goes on. It also moves over so many operating systems, hardware types,
network types and applications. We used to call it "edge" data and
"core" data. Now we call it "structured" and "unstructured"
fact is that data lives and moves faster than a toddler on chocolate. We
all accept that fact. We also accept the fact that data is growing. Are we
really still asking how we are going to protect it?
2013, you will see a full-fledged shift to virtual backup devices. Not
just virtual tape and virtual disk, but virtual backup servers and networks. As
the data becomes increasingly virtual, the applications that manage and protect
that data will also have to live in that virtual vapor. You will be able to
move entire backup schemas from one virtual environment to another.
opens the door to some of the really exciting, cutting-edge functionality that
VMware provides: snapshots for disaster recovery, failover for business
continuity and BAM, you have full recovery of your VMware production
environment in just a few minutes or seconds.
Data reduction is
we all agreed that data is exploding. Some say 20 percent, while others say 40
percent. Some others are even saying 200 percent. With this growth we have to
start really thinking about front-end data management.
fact is that data is left on high-speed production environments for way to
long. Data that is on the production system should never be more than 3
2013, we should see a push toward "archiving with delete" and hierarchical storage management technologies. This
would offload the data from the production disk and the VMware
environments. Gartner and Forrester both state that up to 40 percent of
data in the production environment is more than 1 year old. Are you kidding
me? If you have not touched the file/data in a year, why on earth is it taking
up production time and space?
you reduce the front-end data by 40 percent, your backup will be 40 percent
faster. Even more importantly, the recovery is 40 percent faster and their
production environment's life is extended 40 percent. If someone asked if you
would like your car to go 40 percent faster and 40 percent farther for 40
percent less money, what would your answer be? Exactly. It's a no-brainer.
the data on the front end is very important, but so is reducing the back end
data. Full plus incremental and full plus differential are so 2008. If
data does not change, it should not have to be stored again.
2013, you will see more customers and more vendors talking about and selling
solutions that give the flexibility to manage the lifecycle of your ones and zeros
to better manage the total amount of data that resides out there in the vapor
that is your environment.
For years we have been talking about data deduplication.
In other words, not keeping duplicate files or parts of files in the back-end of
your storage infrastructure. Mainly we are talking about your
backup/archive product. This technology allows environments to utilize 40-70
percent less disk or VTL. There are many vendors in the market that
promise great dedupe rates, but they have not panned out. No one is really
going to get 500 percent.
However, if you combine data dedupe and data
reduction, you have a combination that really hits the sweet spot. If you
do not run full backups every week and cut out the old stale data, you can
reduce your load on a weekly basis by 70-80 percent. If you then dedupe your
data, you can cut that in half again and shrink that weekly footprint down to
80-90 percent less than what you have today.
In 2013, you will see more press and more functionality
around the "total package" of data reduction and data dedupe and how
it can provide not only a boost in performance, but also a great ROI.
is the new simplicity
and other virtual technologies have made many IT chores a lot simpler. Bringing
up a new server or cloning a server can take seconds. But, let's not gloss
over the fact that it makes things more complex in other ways. Managing
the virtual disk, virtual tape, virtual servers, virtual applications and all
of the interdependencies is not easy. Factor in the fact that VMware makes
it easy for servers to come and go and you have a recipe for complexity and
begs the question of how to manage all of those relationships and the data
created by all the different parts of the virtual vapor. In 2013, you will
see more vendors speaking of VMware management that is application, network and
device aware. You will see products that help you manage the data and
track the application and servers it belongs too.
appliance of the future
all of the items above, you have to wonder what the future looks like for
backup and recovery. Well, the past is the past, but it is by no means
dead. You will still see traditional backup and recovery of physical
systems and virtual systems, but there will be a migration of functionality to
include more of the flexibility that the virtual vapor supports. For
example, managing the data reduction in the virtual environment, managing the
data flow from physical server to virtual server and having production backup
and recovery happen to a server that is just an image that can be moved from
one environment to another.
will be able to purchase backup and recovery as a virtual system. You will
not need to purchase hardware, but have the ability to download an image that
is pre-installed, pre-configured and ready to go. You download it, bring
up the system and boom, it's ready to go.
will no longer be married to the physical infrastructure.
About the Author
Potts, director of strategic marketing for STORServer, a leading
provider of proven data backup solutions for the mid-market. Before joining the
STORServer team, Potts spent the past 15 years working in various capacities
for IBM, including Tivoli Storage Manager marketing and technical sales. He has
been the evangelist for the TSM family of products since 2000. His breadth of
experience includes administering IT systems, including desktop support, small
networks, backbone infrastructure, storage management and remote access for corporations and ISPs. www.storserver.com