BlogModern Data Protection is harder than it looks, just like on HGTV…


Today’s business environment is always-on and can tolerate no delays. At the same time, business analytics and regulations, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), require more data to be retained longer ¾ sometimes forever. Along with the changing expectations for “anywhere” data access and the ability to procure unlimited amounts of storage capacity on-demand, backup solutions need an “extreme makeover” to meet these demanding data availability requirements.

With this in mind, I thought I would continue our blog discussion on the modernization of data protection and review what modern-day backup and recovery solutions should (and can) be doing for your organization.

A modern backup environment requires an intelligent data management platform that can not only provide core backup functionality, but that provides visibility into where and how data is stored, not to mention being able to scan the backup data during a quick restore. This ensures that the organization doesn’t recover something that it wasn’t supposed to, like ransomware or non-compliant data.

It should also automatically orchestrate data in a dynamic fashion based on its access requirements. Poor data governance can no longer be ignored in an environment of escalating global regulation and non-stop business requirements.

We are also seeing the emergence of tiering within backup environments. And thanks to Object Storage, data protection platforms are introducing more sophisticated metadata tracking for easier and more granular data access and recovery, and archiving to object storage is now practically the norm. The adoption of object storage is rapidly expanding, now sitting on equal footing with file storage. But what is needed is a storage architecture built from the ground-up to provide both native fast file access along with native object storage capacity.

Enter Pure Storage Flashblade.

FlashBlade is the industry’s first native fast file and object storage platform. It allows customers to easily scale performance and capacity for both file and object storage. Data is written to both a local object store for fast backup/restore and can also be stored in the public cloud with a cloud instantiation of the application. FlashBlade is a multi-purpose, high-density, all-flash system that’s perfect as a backup target. And it’s even better as a platform to drive recoveries and data re-use scenarios, which adds real value to your backup infrastructure.

FlashBlade with its next-generation operating system (known as Purity //FB 3.0) delivers data protection capabilities including:

  • File Replication: Read-only data in the target replication site enables data validation and DR testing.
  • Object Replication: Replication of object data between two FlashBlades improves the experience for geographically distributed users by providing lower access latency and increasing read throughout. This includes replication of object data in native format to Amazon S3. Customers can use the cloud for a secondary copy or use public cloud services to access data generated on-prem.
  • File system Rollback: File system Rollback is a crucial file system data protection feature. It enables the fast recovery of File systems from snapshots.

IT organizations should consider incorporating Pure Storage solutions for a variety of reasons, but especially for backup and recovery. True modernization of data protection is the ability to deliver on stringent RPOs and RTOs, and the reliability and availability of a Pure Storage-powered backup solution translate to fast and economic accessibility to business data. And with cloud-based capabilities, and VMware integrations, Pure Storage gives end-users the flexibility to deploy a hybrid cloud footprint at scale.

If any of this sounds appealing, consider using FlashBlade as your central data hub. It can serve your DevOps needs as well as being a target for analytics, AI, and ML. And all this happens without impacting production!

About the Author

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

Mark Teter, Corporate Technologist

In his role, Mark is responsible for the strategic direction of ASG’s emerging technology offerings and advancing the deployment of present-day hybrid cloud solutions for our customers. Mark has served as Faculty Staff Member at Colorado State University and has written over 50 white papers on subjects including Data Center Ethernet, Linux and Open Source, Storage Area Networks and Computer Virtualization. He published Paradigm Shift in 2006, a book on emerging technologies. He is a Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect.