Most of the time when you hear the term “appliances” you’ll probably think of typical household items like washers, dryers, ovens, etc. But appliances aren’t just for your kitchen or house. In data protection, purpose-built deduplication appliances can help IT managers and administrators save time and money in their backup and recovery environment. In fact, dedupe appliances have a lot in common with many household appliances – they are built for a specific purpose, yet can do some additional things; they aim to be as simple and easy to use as possible; and they are designed to save users time, money or both.
So exactly how do purpose-built backup appliances save time and money? Let’s take a look.
- Deduplication is a proven cost saving strategy (take a look at this white paper for more on that specific subject). But the process of doing data deduplication is complex and can easily lead to media server congestion. However, just like an appliance such as a food processor is built to perform many tasks, a backup to disk appliance relieves media servers from the burden of processing incoming data, performing hashing, managing dedupe dictionaries, creating tape copies, processing data rehydration and replication. The result? Faster, more efficient deduplication. Saves time.
- If you had to buy a new appliance for baking, roasting, and broiling food, your kitchen would be very crowded and your budget maxed out. Fortunately, ovens complete all these tasks in one unit. Similarly, purpose built backup appliances handle multiple tasks cost-efficiently, so you don’t have to rip and replace them when backup data volumes expand or new applications are added. Saves money.
- When it comes to things we rely upon every day, keeping things running smoothly is always a factor. Having a deduplication appliance that also has the reliability and flexibility to adapt to different workloads and disaster recovery scenarios makes daily maintenance smoother and lowers the risk of data loss. Saves time (by reducing risk).
- Flexibility – who knows what the future will hold for your backup environment? Because all data sets aren’t the same, your environment may benefit from having the flexibility to use more than one backup application to fit the organizations’ protection and recovery needs. Using an appliance to handle deduplication tasks gives you the flexibility to adjust to changes and modifications – just add a new backup application and use the existing appliance to store the resulting backup datasets. The result is less money spent on temporary solutions or rip and replace scenarios. Saves time and money.
In the end, of course, these are just guidelines and it is important to review your own environment and see what is appropriate for your specific environment. For some additional help,read our technical brief, “Choosing the right Deduplication Solution for your Organization.”