How to Scale Recovery In Place Data Protection – Quest Data Protection Portal

Recovery time and recovery point objectives continue to become more narrow. IT has less time than ever to bring an application back online, and users are less tolerant than ever of data loss. To meet these challenges, IT is turning to backup solutions that can perform frequent, block level backups and deliver near-instant recovery by mounting backup storage to take the place of failed production storage. These solutions though face scaling problems as the enterprise starts to deploy them more broadly.

The Problem with Success

Block level backup solutions combined with recovery in place solve the RPO/RTO challenge. The success and affordability of these solutions mean IT wants to deploy them more broadly and on more than just mission-critical servers. The problem is these solutions are typically narrowly focused. For example, some of them will only protect virtual environments and don’t span virtual clusters or multiple-hypervisors. If they do support bare metal systems it is often a one-to-one relationship.

The narrow focus means that each backup environment or job has to be managed and monitored separately. As a result, while these solutions are practical, spreading their effectiveness to more of the enterprise creates an expensive and complex management scenario. Most data centers are then limited to deploying these solutions on just a handful of servers. The management dilemma also means service providers can’t offer the solution to their customers because it can’t scale to meet their demands.

Introducing Quest’s Data Protection Portal

Quest Software provides a full-featured, block-level incremental data protection solution with the ability to provide restore-less recovery. It’s product Rapid Recovery is unlike many of its competitors. It can provide protection across multiple hypervisors, operating systems and it can even leverage public cloud services as a backup and replication target as well as a restore location. But its customers and service providers faced a similar challenge, how to scale the solution across multiple platforms, multiple sites and in the case of providers, multiple customers.

To address this challenge, Quest released its Data Protection Portal. The portal provides end-to-end visibility of all Rapid Recovery data protection activities across the entire IT environment. The solution is cloud-based so IT administrators can manage and control their Rapid Recovery environment from anywhere, including smartphones.

With the portal configured, IT administrators can monitor all of their Rapid Recovery Core servers from a single interface. They can receive notifications, including errors and warnings if action is required. Administrators can also check the status of all backups, replications and virtual standbys with an intuitive relational topology technology.

The portal is not just for monitoring. From the portal, administrators can take actions like triggering backups, replications and recoveries. Most interesting is the data protection portal is available at no charge to existing Rapid Recovery customers.

StorageSwiss Take

There is no question that granular backup and recovery-in-place are now a must have so that IT can meet the ever-increasing demands of users and application owners. There is also little doubt that rapid recovery with minimal data loss will be a requirement for the majority of applications and file servers, not just mission-critical applications.

As a result, the ability to monitor and control hundreds of instances of these servers is also a must have. Quest has taken the lead in providing this functionality to its customers and has done so at no charge to them.

Eleven 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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