Enterprises are dealing with the sprawl of data protection services, which adds cost in the form of redundant and underutilized infrastructure as well as management complexity. George Crump, Lead Analyst for Storage Switzerland, and Roger Stein, solutions marketing manager for Veritas, recently discussed the benefits of using containers to control data protection sprawl and costs while also increasing flexibility.
Data protection sprawl occurs as a result of various departments within the enterprise desiring their own unique set of data protection services to increase control and to address specific feature requirements. We also see sprawl occur because it tends to be easy for IT to simply “drop in” a net new data protection solution deployment as the enterprise adds a new business unit.
Containers are isolated, quick to deploy, and they have the ability to be configured per department-specific requirements via microservices. Veritas’ Flex Appliance solution converges a menu of container-based data protection services onto a singular infrastructure. Departments retain the ability to select the specific data protection services that they need, while at the same time, vastly reducing the volume of infrastructure that the enterprise must purchase, deploy and manage. Furthermore, a containerized approach stands to accelerate time-to-deployment (cutting the time to the first backup) and to make it possible for updates or upgrades to be rolled out incrementally.