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StoreEasy File-Based Storage Devices

Are you looking for an enterprise-level storage solution for your business? Remote Data Backups offers StoreEasy devices to meet your backup needs. StoreEasy products are fast, secure, efficient and scalable to any size – from small businesses all the way to large-scale enterprise environments.

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Introduction

A changing technology landscape and fast-growing data volumes are creating new challenges that require organizations to navigate complex IT environments. IT departments are also feeling the pressure to accommodate access by mobile workers using a wide range of devices. In addition, there is the constant need for increased capacity, the ability to control information being stored in numerous locations, and the impact that these factors have on backup operations. The lack of visibility over which files are business-critical, versus those that are more transitory, is increasing organizational risk.

As a business leader, you know that one of your key considerations is how and where to provide protection and backup of unstructured, or file-based data, such as information that exists in the form of documents and audio/video files. Ultimately, to address this issue, you need a simple solution that allows you to grow your storage footprint while enabling business productivity, with easy-to-use protection that gives you the ability to recover your information in a timely manner.

The challenges of rapidly growing data

The cost of managing unstructured data has skyrocketed, particularly as the rate of data growth has increased. Recent studies show that the typical data growth rate for file-based, unstructured data can be as much as 80% annually of available storage in a typical data center by 2015, consuming as much as 90% of available storage in a typical data center by 2015.

Rapid unstructured data growth is further compounded when organizations create silos to help manage information—an approach that often results in underutilized, unsecure infrastructures that are deployed in an ad hoc manner. This impromptu approach can present many challenges for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as enterprises with remote offices and branch offices. A few of the challenges that arise when organizations create silos to accommodate rapid data growth include:

  • The creation of additional requirements for storage administration expertise to manage application data and file shares, especially when dealing with a collection of different interfaces found in legacy infrastructures
  • An increase in storage costs, which diminishes return on investment (ROI) and productivity
  • Difficultly determining the organizations approach to dataprotection particularly as it relates to the data storage locations and the process used for backup

As the volume of file-based data grows, issues arise that can impact how you secure and protect your information. One example of this: can you meet backup window SLAs and achieve objectives related to disaster recovery and compliance? These challenges and others are driving organizations to seek ways to protect file-based data securely offsite, in addition to traditional onsite data protection approaches.

Data protection in the cloud

Many CIOs today are considering the use of cloud services as a top priority and key to reducing costs associated with managing and extending the capabilities of their IT environment. Cloud-based data protection solutions offer access to remote, highly scalable, managed service-based operations. Leveraging the cloud for backup and recovery offers a range of advantages including:

    • Helps reduce costs related to a dedicated backup infrastructure
    • Offers budget flexibility with ‘pay-as-you-protect’
    • Makes the task of managing data protection easier which reduces the operational burden on IT
    • Assists with compliance initiatives/concerns

Enables a form of disaster recovery

In addition to these advantages, sometimes in smaller IT environments cloud-based backup helps avoid additional backup related capital expenses altogether. The type of data that organizations typically back up to the cloud can be a combination of business critical application data (databases, email) and most commonly, file-based data.

Cloud-based data protection solutions offer a range of advantages including reduced backup and recovery costs, remote office protection, and added compliance capabilities.

Reduce backup and recovery costs

Due to economies of scale within the provider environment, cloud-
based data protection is often a more cost-effective solution, when compared to traditional on-premises backup solutions. This is principally because it removes many of the capital expenditures related to dedicated infrastructure and allows “pay-as-you-protect” financing and budgeting.

With a cloud-based data protection service in place, your organization can avoid the unpredictable—and often hidden—costs of managing the growth of the storage resources related to backup. With a cloud service provider, you benefit from a predictable rate that simplifies IT budgeting.

Protect remote offices

The use of a cloud-based managed service allows you to streamline the management of remote office data protection and alleviates the need for dedicated IT staff or dedicated backup-related infrastructure. This allows you to limit your use of internal WAN (wide area network) bandwidth. Instead, any remote office or remote server can interact securely and directly in the cloud, without straining your corporate network resources.

Meet compliance obligations

Many IT organizations struggle with existing and emerging compliance requirements. For this reason, many organizations leverage an IT service provider that can ensure the highest possible levels of physical and logical security. Data can be protected in remote facilities to meet traditional disaster recovery offsite requirements, and adhere to a wide range of potential compliance related regulations. In addition, by protecting data offsite, you can improve your long-term retention capabilities.

Cloud-based data protection also enables you to:

  • Alleviate the need for additional tape-based backup infrastructure within a data center
  • Send data offsite to satisfy regulatory compliance
  • Leverage efficient replication technology at a lower cost and and IT administrative burden

Cloud-based services and SLAs

With protection service levels becoming more stringent, CIOs are now tasked to protect more with less and recover faster. This is causing many organizations to seek solutions that limit the liability of unpredictable Service Level Agreements (SLA). In contrast, others are seeking the aid of managed backup service providers, who are accountable for service-level deliverables such as recovery time objectives (RTO), recovery point objectives (RPO), and uptime. Additionally, many are seeking improvements in monitoring and management. With a cloud-based data protection solution, organizations can potentially gain access to proactive monitoring

and around the clock operational support to manage possible
vulnerabilities and detect all possible threats.

LiveVault: cloud-based data protection

LiveVault is a fully managed cloud-based data protection service that automates, streamlines, and reduces the complexity of server data protection. LiveVault offers turnkey, secure cloud data protection with offsite backup, long-term retention, and disaster recovery in the cloud.

LiveVault delivers unprecedented scalability to meet the data protection demands of the largest customers, and the most stringent SLA requirements. With LiveVault, you receive the benefit of advanced, built-in protection for open file backup, without the added complexity or cost of plug-ins or third-party tools.

The technology that powers LiveVault is managed through a web-
based user interface (UI) and is agent-based, installing directly on the protected system. The LiveVault agent detects changes in the file system by integrating directly into the Windows operating system, to provide the most efficient storage and consistent application backup of critical file data. All protected data is encrypted and sent securely to a LiveVault data center. Once the data from the protected system is received in the primary LiveVault data center location, the data a replication process is automatically performed to a secondary LiveVault data center location for additional protection and high availability.

A highly secure backup environment

The LiveVault architecture is a highly secure, multi-tenant backup environment designed to protect all data in a logically secure manner within a shared cloud infrastructure. Protected data is stored in an encrypted format, using private/public key pairs, making it accessible for access and restore only by the data owner/administrator. Data can be restored to the original protected server or redirected to a new host in the event of a disaster recovery scenario.

LiveVault’s data protection technology leverages a delta-based backup approach that allows minimal data transfer, which maximizes storage efficiency, only transferring changes between subsequent backups. In addition, the agent leverages compression to make the transfer across the network as efficient as possible. This allows organizations with variable amounts of network bandwidth to reliably transfer their protected data to the cloud.

Meet robust RTOs with the LiveVault Turbo Restore Appliance (TRA)

Customers with larger amounts of data and more robust requirements for recovery point/ time objectives can leverage the LiveVault Turbo Restore Appliance (TRA)—an appliance with LiveVault’s vaulting software pre-installed and configured to provide a local data center cache of backups. This configuration enables immediate backup and restore, as it periodically synchronizes to the LiveVault cloud.

TRAs deliver turnkey convenience and flexibility configurations that let you automatically protect data locally first, then remotely to the LiveVault cloud, without administrator intervention. This expedites the backup locally for larger volumes of data and makes use of available network bandwidth over time to sync data remotely to the LiveVault cloud, providing you with a hybrid of both on-premises and cloud-based backup options.

LiveVault is a full service provider and offers backup operators with assistance in remote recovery. In the case of an outage or catastrophic event, customers can order a media recovery (Data Shuttle Service) request through the LiveVault web-based UI. The Data Shuttle Service can be leveraged to assist with very large restores, and upon request LiveVault backup operators can load an appliance with the required data from multiple servers and ship on-demand.

World-class cloud services

LiveVault leverages the 14 global cloud data centers which currently manage over 50 petabytes of customer information worldwide in a highly scalable solution manned 24×7 by a dedicated operations staff. The largest private cloud in existence, its global data and eDiscovery processing centers are Safe Harbor-certified, which means data that LiveVault protects can stay within regional or geographic boundries on-request to support legal or privacy related issues. In addition, LiveVault possesses key compliance certifications such as PCI DSS and ISO 27001.

All protected data is mirrored across multiple data center locations and resides in a secure multi-tenant scalable data protection cloud service.

With LiveVault, you get freedom and flexibility delivered through a highly scalable cloud backup solution, removing the challenges of a traditional tape-based approach for offsite backup. In addition, administrators can manage restores from anywhere securely, leveraging a simple-to-use web management interface that allows self-service restores to be initiated for both physical and virtual system data.

LiveVault allows you to gain access to a remote pool of scalable data protection resources, powerful self-service recovery, and the assurance of a fully managed, secure data protection service—ultimately enabling a reduced TCO (total cost of ownership) while providing instant/flexible remote cloud-based recovery.

StoreEasy delivers efficiency, security, and high availability for unstructured data

StoreEasy represents an evolution in file storage, based on Proliant Gen 8 servers and Windows Storage Server 2012. The solution offers a new converged storage platform that delivers efficient, secure, and highly available application and file storage. Built for SMBs and large enterprises with remote and branch offices, this platform can support up to 25,000 concurrent users in multiple locations.

StoreEasy supports a full range of clients with the latest file access protocols, including SMB 3.0 and NFSv4.1. It provides highly efficient and scalable application storage for Hyper-V and SQL workloads using SMB 3.0 capabilities that are optimized for these applications. Native online snapshots are provided along with the ability to install endpoint protection (e.g. antivirus) and backup software directly on the StoreEasy appliance for operational efficiency and to meet data recovery requirements.

StoreEasy provides both IT generalists and specialists simplified storage efficiency through a single management console for file and application workloads. A full range of advantages include the following:

Maintain storage efficiency

  • Integrated array management
  • Efficient storage with de-duplication
  • Supports thousands of users on a single file server
  • Best in class for windows environments

Keep data secure

  • Protects your data at rest and in flight
  • Onboard Antivirus
  • Intelligently identifies and restricts access to Business Critical files

Data remains highly available

  • Continuous availability
  • Disaster recovery

The StoreEasy family of solutions caters to unique storage needs. Integrating easily into new and existing environments—including SAN environments—the solutions offer storage administrators and IT generalists a straightforward, consistent management experience.

Built-in security and simplified branch/remote office management

With built-in security, data remains well protected and available to users when and where they want to access it. Data security is enabled for data at rest and in flight with BitLocker and SMB 3.0 encryption. Endpoint protection can be installed and run on the StoreEasy system, reducing operational overhead, cost, and the complexity of connecting an external endpoint protection server.

StoreEasy simplifies deployment and management of Remote Office/Branch Office solutions. Optimized WAN bandwidth utilization and LAN-like performance for branch office users is provided by BranchCache. Advantages include:

  • BranchCache automatically caches frequently accessed files in the branch offices, including the smaller branch offices that do not have local storage.
  • Inherent and pervasive Windows IT infrastructure support is available through the StoreEasy Windows Storage Server 2012 foundation.
  • Business continuity is provided for users via the data replication and failover capabilities of Windows Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) and Namespace (DFS-N).

Lower your TCO with StoreEasy

The StoreEasy family of solutions helps you improve your total cost of ownership (TCO) with standard functionalities typically found only in high-end systems such as file and iSCSI access, granular deduplication, secure data encryption, and continuous availability. As a Windows-based solution, StoreEasy also eliminates the learning curve, enabling you to maintain productivity levels without disruption based on users’ existing familiarity with the operating system.

The portfolio includes two purpose-built file-storage appliances and a network attached storage (NAS) gateway to meet a variety of client deployment needs, including:

    • StoreEasy 1000 – Entry-level file consolidation that is ideal for small businesses, branch offices, and workgroups.
    • StoreEasy 3000 – Adds file services to block based disk arrays.It fully supports 3PAR Storage and StoreVirtual storage, enabling clients to dynamically shift file and block capacities.
    • StoreEasy 5000 – Offers turnkey, active-active high availability for midsized environments. It is optimized for Microsoft environments. It provides efficient converged storage capabilities for file services and application storage.
        With StoreEasy family, you can easily handle growing data, reduce operational costs and risks, and protect data.

Protecting the StoreEasy appliance with LiveVault

StoreEasy enables you to gain access to cloud backup capabilities for file data by leveraging LiveVault. This integration allows you to reach a turnkey, highly secure, cloud-based globally dispersed storage grid.

When LiveVault protects critical file data on StoreEasy the following are provided:

Efficient & Secure Backup

  • Policy driven centralized backup
  • Efficient delta backups for changed data only
  • Encrypted data transfer to the vault

Data Reliability and availability

  • Multiple copies of backup data in the vault
  • Web based centralized restore interface
  • Delta restores for bandwidth and SLA optimization
      LiveVault enables you to protect your critical StoreEasy file data and manage long-term retention needs in the cloud. LiveVault can protect data on StoreEasy and encrypt it before transferring it to the LiveVault target. Protected data is stored offsite at secure data centers. In addition, you can leverage the optional TurboRestore™ appliance, which resides locally in the customer data center.

The TurboRestore appliance can be used to expedite backup and recovery operations within the customer data center, as data syncs periodically to the LiveVault cloud. To ensure the physical security and availability of stored data, the LiveVault service automatically mirrors all data to a second, geographically dispersed data center for full failover and redundancy.

Conclusion

LiveVault provides an efficient, secure, and simple solution for meeting cloud-based data protection requirements for data stored on StoreEasy.

Leveraging LiveVault with StoreEasy delivers turnkey data protection for critical file data, which allows you to gain access to a scalable pool of cloud-based backup storage resources. These capabilities help you to meet both backup and recovery requirements for offsite protection, as well as disaster recovery for file data residing on the StoreEasy appliance.

 

Efficient

  • Built-in support for large numbers of users accessing their files at the same time
  • Data deduplication technology allows for a 50-60% increase in storage space savings
  • Straightforward, consistent device management      
  • Support for a broad range of file access protocols, including SQL Sever and Microsoft Hyper-V

Secure

  • Data is securely encrypted both at rest and in transit with
  • Utilize file classification to control access to sensitive information
  • Install antivirus and other protective software on the system itself
  • Integrate directly with LiveVault for secure offsite file protection

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