How many times have you wanted to return to a moment in time? Perhaps you wish that you could return to the second you put your car keys down somewhere, or maybe just before you said something you later regretted. If you are responsible for managing your company’s storage, you probably wish all too frequently that you could return to certain moments in time – such as returning to before a data loss.
IT managers dealing with cases of “version skew” – i.e. discrepancies in information between your active and remote locations that occur when there are new writes to the data that are being backed up – have fervently prayed for a time machine. With today’s modern networks with their rapidly changing datasets, data discrepancies or even lost data that result from system crashes are sadly commonplace with traditional storage set ups.
Unfortunately, we can’t help you find your car keys, or help you to unsay something, however we can help you rectify any version skew or recover lost data using the snapshot function of the ETERNUS CS200c Powered by Commvault. These snapshots are read-only copies of a data set or application data at a specific point in time – which means that you can, for example quickly return your application or system to the exact moment before a crash without losing any data.
Every business-critical process should have associated Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) that govern the acceptable time to restoration after a failure and the time interval to the last available good copy of the data. Implementing snapshots dramatically reduces both these important parameters.
Fujitsu’s ETERNUS CS200c appliance leverages Commvault’s IntelliSnap technology to deliver integrated snapshot management capabilities. It accelerates the backup and recovery of applications, systems, Virtual Machines and even single files and can centralize snapshot management across multiple different storage platforms including Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS AF all-flash and ETERNUS DX hybrid storage.
It is also extremely easy to set up – you simply need to define where the snapshots will be hosted and then select the data you want to take snapshots of. For extra security, you should configure the ETERNUS CS200c to take two copies of the snapshot data, to be stored in different locations – such as both on the storage array and on the ETERNUS CS200c. This ensures two recovery points and guarantees business continuity in case the storage array fails. The snapshots are also highly configurable and it is simple to define additional properties such as retention period, backup options, scheduling and more.
If you need to restore any of the data, it’s simply a case of accessing the snapshot catalogs created by Commvault IntelliSnap, where you will find it easy to identify and restore anything from single files to whole virtual machines. In fact, the whole snapshot management process can be automated, eliminating human error from a task which can be time consuming and complex when handled manually. The ETERNUS CS200c snapshot option also supports an extensive list of applications, operating systems, hypervisors and storage arrays for maximum deployment flexibility.
With the complexity of businesses’ IT estates today, and the ever accelerating speed of data changes, enterprises are starting to adopt snapshots for more and more functions. According to Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, by 2020, 30 percent of large enterprises will leverage snapshots and backup for more than just operational recovery (e.g., disaster recovery, test/development, DevOps, etc.), up from less than 15 percent, at the beginning of 2017. It’s not quite as good as having your own time machine, but it’s the next best thing when you have an issue with your data.
To see how easy it is to create snapshot backups and recovery of virtual machines with Fujitsu’s integrated backup appliance ETERNUS CS200c watch the video: ‘Make snaps work – Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c Powered by Commvault’.