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Tributary Systems wants HPE NonStop Storage Kept “Nimble”
By Glenn Garrahan, Director HPE Business
Nimble Storage was founded in January 2008 by Varun Mehta and Umesh Maheshwari, and announced its first product, the CS200 series hybrid arrays, in July 2010. Nimble Storage leveraged flash storage and predictive analytics to eliminate the app-data gap as applications slow down. This technology allowed Nimble to guarantee 99.9999% availability, delivering the best all-flash capacity per terabyte in the industry.
Nimble Storage was acquired by HPE in 2017, so deploying HPE Nimble Storage with HPE NonStop servers is a natural.
The Storage Director® Backup Appliance with HPE Nimble Storage is a backup solution that can be deployed as a purpose-built backup storage appliance for all enterprise computing platforms running Windows®, Linux®, VMware, IBM i/iSeries, HP NonStop™ and UNIX® (HP UX, AIX) operating systems. Storage Director is compatible with NetBackup, Commvault Simpana, TSM/Spectrum Protect, BRMS and other backup applications. Storage Director is architected and built on the proven Storage Director software- defined backup virtualization platform to satisfy the most demanding operational backup, restore and archival requirements for lights-out and multi-platform enterprise computing environments.
FULLY AUTOMATED BACKUP AND RESTORE OPERATIONS
The technology within the solution brings a scalable, flexible, and high-throughput solution to backup and restore operations. Operational staff no longer need to monitor data movement. The HPE Nimble Storage Backup Appliance provides dynamic drive sharing; customer defined virtual tape policies, backup to local and remote sites, and a performance improvement over current backup methods.
MULTI-PLATFORM HETEROGENEOUS ENVIRONMENTS
Storage Director Backup Appliance emulates several standard front-end interfaces to which existing backup servers and applications can connect and control. Because Storage Director Backup Appliance with HPE Nimble Storage adheres to the use of standard interfaces, backup servers can reside on nearly any platform and operating system in the market today. This includes all open platforms (x86 Intel® or AMD based systems) as well as IBM iSeries™ (AS/400), IBM Power Systems™ (running AIX, Linux®), HP OpenVMS, HP UX, and open systems (running Windows, Linux, UNIX® and VMWare). The solution also has custom developed interfaces for proprietary computing platforms such HPE NonStop.
REMOTE SITE BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVERY
Offsite data storage is often a prerequisite in satisfying complete data backup and security. This can be accomplished by writing data to physical tape and then storing the tapes in an offsite vault. A better and more cost effective approach is to configure the Storage Director Backup Appliance to electronically transfer encrypted data to and from a remote site. Since the data is readily available at the remote site, restoring using a Storage Director Backup Appliance at the remote site is an integral part in any disaster recovery plan. The solution incorporates enhanced replication features and has built-in WAN optimization and latency management to enhance throughput.
MULTIPLE ENDPOINT TIERING
Storage Director Backup Appliance with HPE Nimble Storage has multiple endpoint tiering, both on premise and in the cloud. It can securely vault data to multiple public and private cloud endpoints such as AWS, Google, Azure and IBM Cloud, as well as any S3 compatible cloud architecture.
STORAGE DIRECTOR BACKUP APPLIANCE WITH HPE NIMBLE STORAGE CONFIGURATIONS
The solution is architected and built on the proven HPE Nimble Storage platform using Storage Director software and will meet the needs of large data center customers as well as small entry level customers. The solution is available in configurations starting at 20TB scaling to multiple PBs in a multi-node implementation.
Backup sizes, throughput requirements, retention policies, availability requirements, as well as future growth rates will determine which model or configuration best fits a customer’s needs.
STORAGE DIRECTOR WITH HPE NIMBLE STORAGE KEY FEATURES:
- Provides fully automated backup, restore and DR operations
- Replaces Dell EMC Data Domain, IBM ProtecTier and all other dedup backup appliances
- Intelligently scales storage locally and into the cloud (Amazon S3, Glacier or any object storage cloud
- Provides a customized high performance front-end to IBM Cloud Object Storage (Cleversafe) and Hitachi HCP object storage
- Incorporates AES 256 bit encryption and enhanced security
- Incorporates built-in data reduction, WAN optimization and latency reduction
- Meets or exceeds data backup requirements for speed, capacity, compatibility and reliability
- Scales seamlessly by adding nodes to meet performance requirements and add cache for multiple petabytes of storage
- Enables alternate site disaster recovery schemes
- User-defined policies allow flexible tape, disk, flash, cloud and data migration strategies
- Supports heterogeneous, multi-platform environments on a single HPE Nimble Storage backup appliance with Storage Director
- Customized configurations for higher availability and specific customer needs
- Supports tape library consolidation, modernization and replacement
And recall that Tributary Systems was a Nimble Storage Partner prior to the HPE acquisition, and has been an HPE partner for over 22 years!
Of course, if you’d like additional information on NonStop Tape or Storage Director, visit www.tributary.com, or call Matt Allen at 817-786-3066 (office) or 713-492-7434 (cell).
Storage Director allows NonStop professionals to “augment what they have and use it in creative new ways!”