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Overview:

Despite impressive advances in technology, the exponential growth of data makes it difficult for enterprises to consistently protect their businesscritical information. This significantly increases the risk of downtime and data loss, both of which can have a negative impact on revenue, reputation, and legal and regulatory compliance. Additionally, this growth affects alignment with service-level objectives, impedes business agility, and hinders the release of revenue-generating products and services.

Traditional data protection solutions come with their own challenges:

  • Complexity. More choices for data protection technologies mean more vendors and point products to manage, which leads to appliance sprawl and greater administrative overhead.
  • Rising costs. Contending with massive volumes of data leaves organizations unable to optimize shrinking IT budgets and align with internal mandates to better allocate resources.
  • Increased risk. The rise of shared infrastructures greatly increases the impact a single outage can have on operations.

The NetApp portfolio of data protection products, collectively termed NetApp Integrated Data Protection (IDP), includes state-of-the-art technologies employing methods based on NetApp Snapshot technology to enable efficient data transfers, reliable backups, instant restores, simplified disaster recovery (DR), and flexible multidatacenter replication configurations. Key components of the IDP portfolio are the functions available with the clustered Data ONTAP operating system. The NetApp data protection available through clustered Data ONTAP features solutions that address these challenges and reflect the new technologies that help enterprises effectively protect ever-expanding volumes of data.

NetApp also turns investment in data protection into a business accelerator by enabling you to reuse data protection infrastructure and replicated data for other purposes, such as in application development and testing and business intelligence.

NetApp Integrated Data Protection end-to-end architecture.
NetApp Integrated Data Protection end-to-end architecture.

NetApp Data Protection with Clustered Data ONTAP

NetApp’s vision is to modernize data protection by providing solutions that enable business continuity and that are integrated, efficient, and easily managed.

Integrated
NetApp data protection maintains data availability, DR, and backup service levels with no disruptions, even during technology refreshes, upgrades, and major maintenance activity. The NetApp data protection portfolio leverages clustered Data ONTAP’s nondisruptive operations, minimizing and potentially eliminating planned downtime. Here’s how.

  • High-availability features such as double-parity RAID 6 and completely redundant controllers enable better guarantees on DR and backup service levels.
  • Workload mobility assures you that when you approach capacity or performance limits, workloads are moved nondisruptively to another (optimized) area within the NetApp cluster.
  • The DR and backup infrastructure scales seamlessly without affecting data protection service levels, growing as the business grows. Data protection service levels are maintained even during technology refreshes.
  • Sharing storage infrastructure using secure multi-tenancy allows multiple primary and data protection workloads to reside on the same physical system but to be logically and securely separated from each other.
  • Integration also occurs at the application layer, covering the entire spectrum of applications and environments, whether physical or virtualized. This provides continuous availability, consistent backups and restores, minimized business interruption, less complexity, and increased productivity.

Efficient
Storage- and network-efficient data protection integrated with operational workflows leads to 50%+ direct cost savings in capacity and up to a 70% reduction in network bandwidth. Storage and network efficiency drives capex savings compared to traditional data protection. Here’s how.

Typical compression and deduplication savings (Source: NetApp internal testing).
Typical compression and deduplication savings (Source: NetApp internal testing).

  • NetApp uses its unique Snapshot technology, through which only changed blocks are saved, as the underpinning for disk-to-disk backup and disaster recovery. NetApp Snapshot copies and disk-to-disk backups enable a “forever incremental, always full restore” model for backups. And the architecture of NetApp Snapshot copies always provides a full restore in a single pass; there’s no need to restore a recent full backup and then apply incremental updates separately. This capability not only results in direct and indirect cost savings, but also reduces or eliminates the need for tape-based backups. As an example, consider 100TB with an RPO of one day and an average weekly data growth rate of 2%. Over one year, this situation results in approximately 2PB worth of tapes. Comparing this to disk-to-disk backup using NetApp Snapshot copies, assuming an average 30% deduplication savings, we end up with approximately 200TB of disk-based data. Compared to tapebased backups, that is a 10-to-1 reduction. See Figure 2 for typical savings from NetApp deduplication and compression.
  • Thin replication maintains primaryside storage efficiencies such as deduplication and compression on data transferred over the wire. This capability results in a significant reduction in storage and network use, translating to direct cost savings by using fewer disks and less bandwidth and indirect cost savings through reduced footprint, power, and cooling. Thin replication also enables more frequent transfers relative to traditional replication, minimizing data loss in the event of a disaster. Following a disaster, businesses can recover from a more recent copy of their data, serving to improve overall availability levels.
  • NetApp Snapshot copies and backups are stored in native format. One benefit of this is the ability to turn backup copies into an asset that drives business with virtual copies. This allows customers to improve their business by reusing their backup data for other purposes, such as development, testing, analytics, and so on. And when the backup copies are used, there is zero impact on the production system.
  • Efficient sharing of storage infrastructure is enabled through secure multi-tenancy. Secure multi-tenancy allows multiple primary and data protection workloads to reside on the same physical system, but to be logically and securely separated from each other. Sharing infrastructure allows optimal hardware and resource utilization, further reducing cost.
  • You can leverage one thin-replication data stream to create a single repository that maintains both the active mirror and prior point-in-time copies. In addition to enabling failover to an earlier point in time (to recover from mirrored corruption), this also eliminates the need for a separate infrastructure to maintain backups at the DR site. You can therefore reduce DR site storage costs by up to 40% (because there is only one baseline copy for both the mirror and the backup copies).

Easily managed
NetApp’s unified architecture with built-in data protection allows agile operations. This leads to lower opex when compared to siloed approaches to storage and data protection from other vendors, which require multiple management consoles. This benefit reduces risk and IT overhead by standardizing data protection processes on a unified single architecture (clustered Data ONTAP) for primary and secondary storage requirements. A unified architecture also means that there are fewer systems to manage, which leads to a smaller footprint in your data center and fewer administrators to maintain and manage these products. Here’s how.

  • NetApp is the only storage vendor to offer storage- and network-efficient replication across entry, midrange, and high-end systems. NetApp IDP empowers storage administrators to manage backup and DR, often eliminating the need for specialized administrators to manage disk-todisk backup, DR, and tape.
  • NetApp offers several unique operational advantages with data protection products within our operating system, clustered Data ONTAP. Clustered Data ONTAP includes capabilities that span the spectrum of data protection needs, from zero data loss and near-zero downtime through synchronous mirroring to regional distance disaster recovery. All of this enables minimal data loss and downtime and costoptimized backup and recovery, providing forever incremental backup and near-instant reliable restores.
  • Additionally, when performing DR failover testing, customers can employ NetApp virtual copies to test DR workflows without absorbing a performance or capacity overhead and without DR testing downtime. Because testing on the virtual copy eliminates the need to break the mirror between sites, DR failover testing can be performed during normal business hours, reducing cost and risk.

Summary

NetApp data protection, as part of our IDP portfolio and in conjunction with clustered Data ONTAP, plays a key role in improving data availability while addressing data growth challenges, allowing IT professionals to focus on business growth.

To learn more, here is some information about some key NetApp IDP products.

  • NetApp Snapshot copies are lowimpact, space-efficient, point-in-time copies of data and are considered the basic entity of data protection. The products discussed in this solution brief extend Snapshot copies beyond the localized domain to enable sophisticated service levels for availability and protection.
  • SnapMirror software provides regional data protection by enabling RPOs and RTOs on the order of minutes through asynchronous thin replication and near-instant failover and failback mechanics. In addition, NetApp’s industry-leading ability to fail over to a specific point in time in the DR copy enables you to quickly recover from mirrored data corruption.
  • SnapVault software provides diskto-disk backup by enabling subhourly RPOs through a single baseline copy and only incremental transfers thereafter, resulting in the ability to store years’ worth of backup data. Restores are near instantaneous, offering low RTOs and reduced reliance on or complete elimination of tape-based backups.
  • MetroCluster software combines array-based clustering with synchronous mirroring to deliver continuous availability and zero data loss.
  • SnapProtect software combines high-speed NetApp Snapshot copies and replication with tape to reduce risk of downtime and data loss. Its single management console lets you create, catalog, and manage application-aware Snapshot copies across disk-to-disk-to-tape processes.
  • SnapManager software is a suite of intelligent tools that allow applications and storage to coordinate activities to make backup fast and space efficient, speed the restore process, and simplify common data management tasks.

Cloud Integrated Backup and Archive:

Key Point

  • Keep your company data safe and compliant in the cloud. Reduce risk.
  • Achieve data reduction rates of 30:1.
  • Speed data transport times by 400%.
  • Integrate with leading cloud storage providers.
  • Install to cloud in less than 30 minutes.

Leverage easy, cost-effective backup and archive to public or private cloud—at up to 90% less cost than on-premises solutions.

Looking to leverage public and private cloud as part of your backup and archive strategy? Game-changing NetApp AltaVault cloud-integrated data storage speeds recovery and reduces your risk, enabling you back up data with security to any cloud.

Enjoy the flexibility and economics of cloud. Cut management costs and complexity. Augment your existing infrastructure with AltaVault:

  • Efficient: Uses inline deduplication and compression for up to 30:1 data-reduction ratios
  • Open: Integrates with ease into your existing backup architecture and favorite cloud backup service provider
  • Secure: Offers end-to-end security for data at rest and in flight using FIPS 140-2 level 1-compliant encryption
  • Simple: Takes you from zero to protected in less than 30 minutes via intuitive management console

AltaVault can send data with ease to NetApp StorageGRID Webscale object storage software.

On-Premises Backup and Archive:

Key Point

  • Leverage on-premises or site-to-site data backup and recovery.
  • Enable application integration for delegated backup. Retain oversight.
  • Reduce backup times from hours or days to minutes.
  • Reduce disk capacity requirements by up to 90%.
  • Optimize data archiving while reducing total cost of ownership.

Safeguard your data with enterprise-grade continuous data protection for NetApp-to-NetApp and heterogeneous deployments.

Choose NetApp backup and recovery solutions to safeguard your critical data. Drive operational efficiencies by reducing backup time, improving data recovery, and cutting infrastructure, tape, and administrative costs.

Direct backups between NetApp systems minimize the need for external infrastructure and appliances. Increase your application availability with our industry-leading ability to failover to a Snapshot copy. FlexClone technology leverages Snapshot copies for development and testing.

NetApp backups transfer only new or changed blocks—shrinking your backup windows, minimizing network traffic, and reducing disk capacity requirements by up to 90%. Because you’re not moving or storing redundant data, you can back up more often while reducing your storage footprint.

NetApp data protection software leverages storage efficiency technologies like deduplication to reduce capacity requirements by up to 80%. Continuous data protection capabilities are built in to help you maximize availability and minimize risk for business-critical object stores and content-management applications.

For more information on the NetApp on-premises backup and archive portfolio, check out:

  • Snapshot software: Point-in-time copy technology that makes instant data copies while your applications keep running
  • SnapRestore: Use stored Snapshot copies to recover entire file systems or data volumes in seconds
  • SnapVault software: Core replication-based disk-to-disk (D2D) backup for NetApp FAS systems
  • SnapCenter and SnapManager software: Application-integrated enterprise data protection and clone management
  • E-Series: Cost-effective, reliable, and fast backup storage for backing up heterogeneous storage environments

Disaster Recovery:

Key Point

  • Reduce network bandwidth 70% with built-in compression.
  • Lower management overhead 50% through product simplicity.
  • Choose among DR topologies including hybrid cloud data protection.
  • Leverage the DR infrastructure for dev/test and business intelligence.
  • Protect against mirrored corruption with failover to prior recovery point.

Recover fast from outages and maintain availability for critical applications with NetApp disaster recovery solutions.

An effective disaster recovery (DR) plan is vital to prevent your operations from being brought to a standstill in case of damaging natural or man-made events—which could mean lost productivity, reputation, and revenue. That’s why NetApp disaster recovery solutions, built on the Data ONTAP operating system, are the right choice to help you recover fast in the event of a system, site, or regional outage.

Use our asynchronous replication solutions to maintain business continuity across a broad spectrum of recovery-point and recovery-time objectives.

With NetApp disaster recovery solutions, you can:

  • Increase availability and speed recovery with NetApp SnapMirror software.
  • Reduce your network and data storage costs using our storage efficiency technologies.
  • Leverage your DR infrastructure to perform DR failover testing without downtime. Support development and test while maintaining business continuity.
  • Leverage public cloud benefits with NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. Do more with less. Easy administration improves operational efficiency.

For more information on NetApp disaster recovery solutions , check out:

  • SnapMirror software: Leverage core data replication software for data movement and disaster recovery.
  • NetApp Private Storage for Cloud: Use multiple, industry-leading clouds while maintaining complete control over your data on dedicated, private NetApp storage.
  • FlexClone technology: Create instantaneous, space-efficient copies of replicated data to help leverage your data protection infrastructure.
  • NetApp Snap-to-Cloud Disaster Recovery Solution Kit

Site-to-Site High Availability:

Key Point

  • Active-active site failover
  • Zero data loss (RPO), near-zero downtime (RTO)
  • Built into Data ONTAP (not a layered solution)
  • SAN and NAS support: protect your entire environment

Protect against storage infrastructure failure. Support business continuity. Maintain nondisruptive operations.

Recover from failures with zero data loss. Keep your critical applications always available. 

NetApp solutions for site-to-site high availability let you extend clustered Data ONTAP nondisruptive operations beyond the data center for critical applications and infrastructures. You maintain high availability for your mission-critical data and applications—at half the cost and complexity.

Built into the NetApp clustered Data ONTAP operating system, NetApp MetroCluster software combines array-based clustering with synchronous mirroring to provide transparent recovery from failures. Thousands of enterprises and service providers worldwide rely on MetroCluster for high availability, zero data loss, and non-disruptive operations—both within and beyond the data center.

  • Protect against hardware, network, or site failure via transparent switchover.
  • Eliminate planned and unplanned downtime and change management.
  • Upgrade hardware and software without disrupting operations.
  • Deploy without complex scripting, application, or operating system dependencies.
  • Achieve continuous availability for VMware, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and more.

Compliance:

Key Point

  • Comply with data retention and security regulations.
  • Enforce data confidentiality and security.
  • Retain tamper-proof data with efficient data storage.
  • Ease legal e-discovery.
  • Secure intellectual property and confidential information.

NetApp compliance solutions protect data with nondisruptive, comprehensive encryption and retention of data at rest.

NetApp offers a comprehensive set of standards-based, simple-to-use, and cost-effective compliance solutions to hundreds of enterprises worldwide. NetApp compliance solutions can help you meet stringent regulations—in the data center, remote offices, and the cloud.

NetApp ONTAP data management software comes with robust authorization, access control, and logging capabilities. Our industry-leading, data-at-rest encryption and immutability provide you with advanced solutions to comply with data privacy regulations. SnapLock software helps you meet data retention regulations, such as SEC Rule 17 a-4, by creating write once, read many (WORM) volumes.

StorageGRID Webscale safeguards data transactions with secure-socket layer (SSL) endpoints, as well as encryption for data at rest, and supports read-only storage node access (WORM).

Secure your intellectual property and confidential information, comply with industry and government regulations, and preserve your reputation by avoiding a publicized data security breach.

Documentation:

Download the NetApp Integrated Data Protection Datasheet (.PDF)