When a product makes it onto a compatibility list, it’s often not that interesting. Spending a majority of my career working on data protection solutions, this one is. Why? Because leading backup platforms, like Veritas NetBackup, now support object storage through the S3 and Swift APIs.
The product I worked on for over 7 years also recently added support for cloud storage. While object storage has been around for over a decade and you’ve been able to back up individual machines to the public cloud for some time, it’s just recently that long-standing enterprise backup applications have supported private and public cloud storage. If your business is using one of these applications, they now allow you to move beyond traditional RAID arrays and tape to protect more of your vital data in more of an automated fashion.
When disk was being introduced into enterprise backup strategies, the goal was to speed up backups and restores to and from nearline storage. Disk was much faster than tape and the role of tape was transitioned to only being used for offsite protection. An example being that backup data would be retained onsite on disk for a week and would then be transferred to tape to go off to “the mountain” using your standard tape rotation strategy. While we were able to meet our performance goals, complexity of a manually-driven tiered strategy remained.
With SwiftStack Object Storage, you can have a single tier of storage for your backup data and have it automatically copy your data offsite to protect against a major disaster. SwiftStack clusters can be geographically distributed and are policy-driven, so you choose where you need your data to be and the storage software takes care of the rest. Fifteen years ago we had the vision of touchless data protection. With private storage clouds built with scale-out object storage, supported by leading backup applications, this is now a reality.
There are many advantages to moving from traditional RAID arrays or purpose-built backup storage targets to object storage, but these are the three that I feel deliver the most value:
- Nearly unlimited scalability of capacity without reducing performance. This eliminates storage silos (media servers having dedicated arrays or LUNs in a SAN).
- Automatic disaster recovery protection by replicating data offsite. No need for another application or tier of storage to do this.
- Cost-efficient hardware infrastructure based on standard servers, Ethernet-based networking, and affordable disk drives rather than on more expensive proprietary solutions. You can protect a lot more data when you drive out significant cost.
For a deeper look at the advantages of object storage for backup, archiving, and recovery, please check out this white paper I wrote. Also, if you’d like to learn more about how you can leverage object storage in your Veritas NetBackup deployment, the team at SwiftStack is always here to help out.