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Exploring the advantages of using Data Protector with HPE StoreOnce Cloud Bank Storage

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Co-written by Rich Marcuso, Pre-Sales

Our latest release of enterprise class backup and disaster recovery software for hybrid IT, Data Protector 10.03, has added usability improvements. It also introduces our first integration with the ITOM portfolio, with the addition of the Business Value Dashboard.  Continuing on its long history of offering the best-in-class integrations with HPE StoreOnce systems and 3PAR arrays, Data Protector 10.03 has added support for the latest HPE systems: HPE SimpliVity hyper-converged system and HPE Nimble array. And for the HPE storage customers who use StoreOnce appliances, Data Protector 10.03 introduced out-of-the box support for Cloud Bank Storage, a new StoreOnce feature which allows users to seamlessly upload backup data to the cloud without requiring any plug-ins or process changes on Data Protector. 

The integration of Data Protector and Cloud Bank enables data transfer between on-premises StoreOnce backup data sets and cloud targets such as Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure—without the need for a separate appliance or gateway. Since there is no need for data re-hydration, and all metadata is transferred to the cloud target, restores are possible even after the loss of the HPE StoreOnce System.

In order to familiarize yourself Cloud Bank Storage, watch this short video which shows a demonstration of how to set up the StoreOnce Catalyst device with Data Protector for Cloud Bank.  Also check out this short solution flyer to read more about backing up data to the cloud with Data Protector.

What is HPE StoreOnce Cloud Bank Storage?   

Cloud Bank Storage is a capability of HPE StoreOnce Systems which allows backup storage to be extended to public and private cloud services including Amazon AWS S3, Microsoft Azure and Scality S3 emulation. It combines the efficiency of StoreOnce deduplication with cloud-based or on-premises object storage to lower the cost for long-term backup retention. Cloud Bank is an extension of HPE StoreOnce Catalyst that enables Catalyst stores to use external object storage to store backup data. A Cloud Bank store is accessible via HPE StoreOnce Catalyst Copy, which Data Protector supports natively, and can be deployed without having to change existing backup processes.

How does Micro Focus Data Protector Work with HPE StoreOnce Cloud Bank Storage?

Data Protector has supported StoreOnce Catalyst (including Catalyst Copy) for several years. The Catalyst integration is built directly into the Data Protector media agent so no additional software plugins are required to be installed or managed. Therefore Data Protector’s Catalyst integration implicitly supports Cloud Bank Storage since a Cloud Bank store acts just like a standard StoreOnce Catalyst store. This native integration allows customers to utilize HPE StoreOnce deduplication when sending, storing, and retrieving backup data from public or private cloud storage.

How to enable Cloud Bank Storage in a Data Protector and StoreOnce environment?

Take the following steps to enable Cloud Bank Storage with Data Protector:

  • Upgrade StoreOnce System firmware to 3.18.2 or deploy 3.18.2 StoreOnce VSA. Cloud Bank is available on the following StoreOnce Systems: VSA (4TB -50TB), 3100/3520/3540, 5100/5500 and 6600.
  • Upgrade StoreOnce System memory if required
  • Install StoreOnce Cloud Bank Storage license and optional Detach license
  • Create or use existing local Catalyst store(s)
  • Create corresponding Data Protector Catalyst device targets
  • Provision object storage account and obtain necessary access information
  • Create Cloud Bank store and point to public/private cloud object storage
  • Create corresponding Data Protector Catalyst device target
  • Define or use existing backup specifications which have local Catalyst store(s) as target
  • Create Object Copy specification for corresponding backup specifications to perform Catalyst Copy between local Catalyst store(s) and Cloud Bank store

The following diagrams illustrate how the backup and restore data flows between Data Protector and Cloud Bank:Data Center Cloud Bank Storage.png

 

 

  • Data Protector sends backup data to StoreOnce System’s local Catalyst store.
  • Data Protector instructs the StoreOnce System to perform a Catalyst Copy via an Object Copy job from the local Catalyst to the Cloud Bank store.
  • The StoreOnce System sends deduplicated data to the public/private cloud object storage.Data Center StoreOnce System.png

     

 

  • When Data Protector needs data to be restored from the cloud, a unique data request is issued from the cloud to the Cloud Bank Catalyst Store which uses a Catalyst Copy to compare the requested items in the local store and Cloud Bank Store and sends back only the unique blocks of data required for the restore to Data Protector.

 

To learn more about Data Protector with StoreOnce Cloud Bank, watch this short video and read more about offloading your backup data to the cloud with Data Protector.

For more about Data Protector, go to microfocus.com/dataprotection

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