Bringing Copy Data Management to Pure Storage

Catalogic Briefing Note

The goal of a copy data management (CDM) solution is to limit the number of secondary copies of data by combining advanced snapshots and replication with orchestration to automate how secondary copies of data are presented to the applications needing them. There are two approaches emerging to achieve the CDM goal. One replaces the data services on primary storage. The other leverages the existing data services but adds management and orchestration. Catalogic’s ECX falls into the second category, often called in-place copy data management.

One of the advantages of in-place copy data management is that the IT professional can continue to use the data services they have come to know and trust, like snapshots. One of the disadvantages of in-place copy data management is that the solution must support the specific storage hardware that it is providing copy data management for. This means if your storage system is not supported you either have to wait until it is or go with the first category that requires replacing existing data services.

To address this concern Catalogic is rapidly expanding its support for storage systems it can work with. At VMworld this year, Catalogic added Pure Storage to its list of supported vendors, which includes EMC, IBM, NetApp and Amazon.

Pure Storage and Copy Data Management

All-Flash Arrays such as Pure Storage’s offer amazing capabilities to organizations looking to not only address storage performance problems but also gain control over copy data. Thanks to the performance of all-flash, Pure’s ability to manage an unlimited number of snapshots and their data efficiency capabilities (deduplication and compression) makes it a near perfect system for managing copy data. The missing ingredient is automation and orchestration of snapshot and replication processes that also includes application awareness. Catalogic’s ECX is the missing piece of the puzzle. By managing both the creation of copies and the secure distribution of copies to end users who need data (for reporting, dev-test, etc.), Catalogic amplifies the value of the storage investment and significantly reduces management time.

StorageSwiss Take

The copy data problem is real and it is growing. We are seeing vendors race to market with a number of solutions. There is the replace model which provides broad platform support by replacing existing data services and there is the in-place model that leverages existing data services. Most storage vendors are embracing the second model but their software only works with their hardware, and that is simply not how the modern data center works anymore.

Catalogic’s approach is more realistic, embrace the diversity of the modern data center, leverage the existing capabilities but enhance them with automation and orchestration. Catalogic’s addition of Pure Storage to its supported array list demonstrates its commitment to provide the best of both worlds. A solution that leverages existing data services and supports a variety of storage vendors all from a single console.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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