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November 2016, Vol. 15, No. 9

Hyper-convergence boosts data protection systems

Once upon a time, data protection was a simple and stable process. You had your backup software, server, and tape drive or tape library, and every night, you copied important files over to tape with the hope you could find and read it again later if something went wrong. Then virtualization, low-cost SATA drives, backup to disk, data deduplication, compression, flat file backups, the cloud and so on came along to drive major changes. One of the most noteworthy of these technologies to affect data protection systems has been hyper-converged infrastructure. Buy a box, plug it into the data center and spin up the desired virtual machines (VMs). If more compute or storage is needed, simply add another box to the mix. Initially, hyper-convergence focused entirely on primary storage. Today, however, you'll find a couple of ways it's impacted data protection as well. The first is how traditional data protection systems have adapted to deal with hyper-convergence, and the second is how hyper-converged infrastructure itself provides data...

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