PHOTO - Chee Cheong Chung, country manager, storage, HP Malaysia.
The 'tidal wave of data growth requires a tectonic shift' in storage management, according to IT solutions giant HP Malaysia, which announced the launch of new converged and simplified storage solutions in Malaysia.
During the announcement of new solutions for the HP StoreOnce Backup family on 21 June 2012, HP Malaysia country manager, storage, Chee Cheong Chung said organisations face 'a tidal wave of data growth and new application workloads that risk serious compliance issues due to extended backup-and-restore windows as well as management costs associated with infrastructure complexity.'
"Our clients [in Malaysia] are struggling with complex, incompatible storage solutions that are costly, hard to manage, underutilised and built for the past," said Chung. "Traditional technology is not able to cope and administratively there is a big challenge: the IT staff headcount ratio to IT assets to be managed has dropped significantly."
"Complexity is also increased because of different versions of different software from different providers; this fragmented technology increased headaches for data centre managers who have to manage with a headcount that has not kept up with demand," he said.
Chung said that costly, complex and slow backup processes often contribute to leaving backup as the last item on the agenda for most organisations. "Even to create a backup of a laptop hard drive takes around two hours typically. Many data centres need to backup about four petabytes [PB] every 24 hours, which could amount to 65,000 backup jobs every day."
"Consider that early deduplication methods, which are now a five-year old technology, helped to solve some problems but left major gaps," he said, adding that incompatible technologies from different vendors exacerbated the challenge together with different hardware, software versions containing different algorithms. "In addition, major natural and other disasters are happening every year while the cost of disaster recovery is doubling annually."
The next battleground
"This new announcement of StoreOnce, which comprises a portfolio that is usable from organisations from small and medium businesses (SMBs) to enterprises, puts HP one major step ahead of the competitors," he said. "The management of storage of information is being transformed by HP with this set of simplified and converged solutions, allowing organisations to maximise the value from their information in the most efficient way possible."
"For instance, the new solutions are the first to deliver backup performance of up to 100 terabytes [TB] per hour and data recovery of up to 40 TB per hour in a single system, which is up to three times and five times faster, respectively, than the closest competitive offering," Chung said.
"HP StoreOnce is the industry's only federated deduplication solution, which means data is deduplicated once using a single technology and then moved anywhere without ever having to be rehydrated-or added back in," he said. "HP StoreOnce features a consistent, high-performance deduplication architecture that spans the enterprise, from application servers in remote offices to central data centres, eliminating the inefficiencies and costs of first-generation solutions."
"The power of storage convergence has been extended with HP StoreOnce B6200 and HP StoreOnce Catalyst Software," Chung said. "In addition, increased productivity is delivered with HP Data Protector 7 software, powered by the Autonomy Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL). This has governance tools that allow contextual backup and recovery of information."
"For the first time, clients can precisely protect, find and recover information based on the meaning and concepts contained within the data," he said. "Improved efficiency of server and storage connectivity with HP Virtual Connect for 3PAR with Flat SAN technology, which directly connects servers and storage in a single-tier storage area network [SAN], eliminating the need for complex, multi-tier SANs and excess networking equipment."
After HP acquired 3PAR at the end of 2010, the combined growth of HP Storage with StoreOnce, averages more than 100 percent year on year growth rate for six quarters, Chung said. "[Looking further ahead] the enhanced protection of information protection is the next battleground. According to IDC, the security information market by 2015 will be worth US$5 billion; it is almost a universal market, comprising the need to protect information for longer periods of time."
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