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  • 89 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10003 www.TheEdison.com 212.367.7400 White Paper Backup Solutions for Today’s SMB September 2013
  • Printed in the United States of America Copyright  2013 Edison Group, Inc. New York. Edison Group offers no warranty either expressed or implied on the information contained herein and shall be held harmless for errors resulting from its use. All products are trademarks of their respective owners. The product information in this white paper was provided by HP who is responsible for its accuracy and content. First Publication: September 2013 The information contained in this document is based on HP provided materials and independent research and was aggregated for Edison Group, Inc. by the Edison Group Analyst team.
  • Table of Contents Introduction .................................................................................................................................. 1 SMBs’ Data Protection Challenges ........................................................................................... 2 Data Protection Options ........................................................................................................... 2 Tape Back Up Solutions ....................................................................................................... 2 Centralized Backups and Disaster Recovery .................................................................... 2 Long term data retention for compliance .......................................................................... 3 Why HP? ........................................................................................................................................ 3 HP StoreEver tape storage and autoloader solutions .......................................................... 3 HP StoreOnce Backup disk based deduplication solutions ................................................ 4 Conclusion..................................................................................................................................... 5 Resources ....................................................................................................................................... 5
  • Introduction Fifty-three percent of small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) surveyed by Opinion Matters earlier this year do not backup their data daily. Seventy-four percent of survey participants also report that they have had to recover lost data.1 At the same time, the data footprint of businesses grew 60 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to Forrester Research.2 Each organization has its own reasons for delaying and/or making fewer strategic investments in data backup and establishing backup procedures. While the prospect of losing critical data assets such as intellectual property and customer information can be stressful, protecting it may seem overwhelming and too costly. As SMBs become more aware of the risks they are taking, they see the value of adopting a backup strategy. SMBs need help choosing the best solution. Deciding among the many ways to backup and restore data does not have to be a difficult process. While some SMBs do not protect their data at all, many backup their data to tape, whether directly from the application or through centralized backup servers. While this approach works for many, others may want to use disk media to increase the speed at which they backup and recover their data. This paper explores a continuum of solutions, including advances in both tape and disk technologies, that allow SMBs to proactively and systematically backup their data affordably, without disrupting day-to-day operations. HP offers SMBs easy to use storage devices to ensure that ever-growing data assets are backed up and archived on a regular basis. In case of a loss, whether caused by system failure or employee-error, HP solutions can help ensure that data can be recovered quickly, easily and reliably. 1 Opinion Matters survey of small and medium-sized businesses, 2013 http://www.storagenewsletter.com/news/marketreport/gfi-software-opinion-matters-backup 2 “Forrsights Hardware Survey, Q3 2012,” Forrester Research analyst Rachel Dines http://www.forrester.com/Forrsights+Hardware+Survey+Q3+2012/-/E-SUS1631 Full report available from Forrester. Edison: Backup Solutions for Today’s SMB Page 1
  • SMBs’ Data Protection Challenges Rapid data growth increases the volume of data that SMBs store, retain and archive to meet ongoing operational demands and comply with government and industry requirements. SMBs need to securely backup data on a routine basis, and to archive data offsite in case of accidental data losses caused by natural disasters or human error. Establishing a data protection strategy is not as overwhelming or cost prohibitive as many SMBs may think. Many affordable data backup options are available, including solutions that scale as organizations evolve into larger enterprises. Data Protection Options SMBs can centralize their backup systems by combining tape-based autoloaders and libraries with disk-based systems. Combining tape-based autoloaders and disk storage into a disk-to-disk-tape solution provides SMBs with cost effective backup and recovery strategies for both short-term storage and long-term archiving Tape Back Up Solutions Many SMBs currently backup their servers to tape to protect their data. As companies have started to generate more and more data, the capacity of tape cartridges has also increased. At the same time, tape technologies have become more efficient and easier to use. For example, industry standard tape technologies LTO (Linear Tape Open) tape and the Linear Tape File System (LTFS technology) allow businesses to store metadata and file data together, which allows the tape drive to function more like a traditional disk drive. Centralized Backups and Disaster Recovery As SMBs begin to outgrow their IT infrastructure and expand their footprint with remote workers and branch offices, the challenges of data protection change. Centralizing backup is a cost effective and operationally efficient strategy. SMBs have many options for adopting this approach For SMBs backing up to tape with a single Local Area Network (LAN) or Storage Area Network (SAN), automating LTO-6 with autoloaders and tape libraries continues to provide the lowest cost per TB for long term archival and data retention. As SMBs continue to generate more data, they may want to change or expand their storage media, automate backups, and reduce tape handling. Disk-based solutions can greatly reduce backup windows and quickly restore data that may be lost in a natural disaster, or via human or system error. Edison: Backup Solutions for Today’s SMB Page 2
  • Increasingly, data deduplication software is built into disk-based systems. Data deduplication can reduce backup capacity requirements as high as 20 times to significantly and lower backup costs. The technology uses special algorithms to seek out and remove redundant data. Unlike data compression, deduplication always retains a copy of the data. Drives with deduplication are more cost effective backup solutions, because they require less storage capacity and less bandwidth. Disk-based deduplication systems also allow SMBs to automate data backups throughout the organization, including remote and branch offices where there are few if any IT staff. Backups can be scheduled at the main data center and then replicated across the Wide Area Network (WAN) or Internet. Long term data retention for compliance Most organizations today need to keep data often for a number of years in order to comply with industry and government regulations. Tape continues to be the most cost efficient storage medium for long term archiving. Why HP? For over thirty years, HP has been a leader in the storage, offering scalable information protection and retention solutions for businesses of all sizes. HP offers a range of storage solutions for SMBs, including:  HP StoreEver LTO tape drives, autoloaders, and libraries  HP StoreOnce Backup disk-based data deduplication HP StoreEver tape storage and autoloader solutions StoreEver tape and LTO-6 storage devices can store up to 6.25TB per tape cartridge at speeds of up to 400 mbps, for less than 5 cents per GB. The LTO-6 increases backup performance by 44 percent. HP StoreEver Autoloaders are capable of storing up to 50TB of compressed data and provide automated tape storage, reducing cumbersome tape handling. HP also offers its MSL tape libraries that scale up to 600 TB. Edison: Backup Solutions for Today’s SMB Page 3
  • According to a report published in April 2013 by Tech Target, “tape can offer a better price-per-gigabyte than the equivalent size in a hard disk, making it ideal for long-term retention.”3 In short, tape is an affordable and reliable medium for archiving data offsite in case of data loss, and to comply with data retention regulations imposed by industries such as healthcare, financial services, and government agencies. HP StoreOnce Backup disk based deduplication solutions HP StoreOnce Backup 2000, 4000 and VSA provide SMBs cost effective solutions for daily backup and fast restore with many options to scale as organizations grow. These StoreOnce Backup devices offer HP’s proprietary data deduplication technology, which reduces the volume of data stored by as much as 95 percent.4 By improving storage capacity, HP’s deduplication technology significantly lowers SMBs’ data backup costs. HP StoreOnce VSA is a virtual machine backup solution for virtualized environments. HP StoreOnce VSA offers storage capacity that scales from 1TB to 10TB. The VSA runs on an SMB’s existing server and storage infrastructure without the need for dedicated hardware. StoreOnce Backup 2000 has 4TB of capacity and is designed for SMBs or remote offices where data growth is relatively slow, features automated backup and replication. It can be integrated into SMBs’ existing infrastructure and supports widely used technologies, including NAS and iSCSI VTL through standard IP infrastructure. StoreOnce Backup 4000 has a storage capacity ranging between 6TB to 76TB that can be used for an SMB’s main data center and its branch offices. The 4000 supports Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and NAS. StoreOnce Backup 6000, designed for larger organizations, has a storage capacity that scales from 32TB to 512TB, with backup speed of up to 100TB/hour5. The 6000 also 3 Backup Challenges: Slow Backup and Recovery, Growing Capacity Demands,” Tech Target, writers/analysts: Andrew Burton and John Hillard, April 2013 http://searchdatabackup.techtarget.com/photostory/2240181192/Backup-challenges-Slow-backup-andrecovery-growing-capacity-demands/1/Data-growth-trends-show-that-users-battle-capacitydemands#contentCompress. 4 HP StoreOnce Dedupe Ratio Testing, October 2012 http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=4AA4-3329ENW&cc=us&lc=en 5 HP StoreOnce Backup QuickSpecs, July 2013 http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/14450_na/14450_na.pdf Edison: Backup Solutions for Today’s SMB Page 4
  • includes a backup feature, called “scale-out,” so that if data stored on one StoreOnce device goes down or offline, it can back up data onto another operational node. All HP StoreOnce Backup products utilize the same core technologies. They are compatible with one another and with a wide range of backup software, including HP Data Protector, and products from Symantec and Veeam. Conclusion Delaying strategic investments in data backup and recovery can cost SMB customers time and credibility in their industry. HP and its channel partners continue to team with SMBs to help implement backup and recovery solutions that meet their budgets, while requiring limited time and effort for IT departments to deploy a comprehensive data protection strategy. Resources HP presentations about storage solutions: http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/storage/nextera/index.aspx HP StoreOnce Backup Overview: http://www.hp.com/go/storeonce HP StoreOnce Deduplication Overview: www.hp.com/go/deduplication HP StoreOnce data sheet overview of benefits: http://h20195.www2.hp.com/V2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=4AA43329ENW&cc=us&lc=en HP StoreOnce VSA Trial: www.hp.com/go/tryvsa HP videos on StoreOnce and Software Defined Storage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCAwwn2UIzo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF1FqiYGAJM 4AA4-8072ENW Edison: Backup Solutions for Today’s SMB Page 5