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Lab Insight: Data Protection in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

Published June 6th, 2018. In this Lab Insight report, Demartek, together with Evaluator Group, evaluate an HPE solution that leverages a hybrid cloud data protection strategy that combines multiple HPE products together with a public cloud service to retain data protection copies.

Data protection is a topic of concern for IT managers as well as for a growing number of company executives and managers who rely on data in order to operate their businesses. With the increased prevalence of breaches and un-authorized access to data, data protection is an area of increased importance within companies of all sizes. Creating copies or backing up data has been a common practice since modern computing emerged. Although tools and technologies available have changed significantly, the core tenants of data protection have remained relatively constant over time. This includes maintaining multiple copies of data on different types of storage devices, with at least one copy residing off-line and off-site.

Corporate executives and IT professionals are now embracing an IT strategy that is based on using hybrid clouds. By enabling the use of on-premises capabilities for critical applications while leveraging external public cloud resources to expand their capabilities, companies can operate more efficiently while responding to business needs more quickly. One aspect of IT operations that has experienced success in utilizing cloud resources is data protection and disaster recovery.

In this paper, Demartek, together with Evaluator Group, evaluate an HPE solution that leverages a hybrid cloud data protection strategy that combines multiple HPE products together with a public cloud service to retain data protection copies. This solution is compared to alternative tools that are also able to utilize public cloud services to retain protection points. The results are then compared for their on-going costs, network bandwidth required, and how quickly data protection and recovery operations are completed.

Key Lab Insight Findings

  • HPE StoreOnce with HPE Cloud Bank Storage vs. ISV backups to the cloud produced:
    • 3X–5Xlowercostsovera5-yearperiod(storagetierdependent)
    • 30% faster backup times (utilizing the same network connection)
  • HPE Recovery Manager Central (RMC) protection with HPE Cloud Bank Storage delivered:
    • 10X faster backup, taking 90% less time

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