In February 2016, I posted a blog titled “Blocks and Racks and Rails, OH MY!” in which I discussed converged infrastructure offerings and how these solutions are transforming business. Ultimately that post discussed the VCE VxRail Appliance, which, at the time, was a recently announced offering from VCE, as the only fully-integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested VMware hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA). I even touched upon the value of including data protection as part of a HCIA solution.
It appears I’m not the only one who feels this way.
In June 2016, EMC released the 2nd Global Data Protection Index, which surveyed over 2200 IT decision makers across 18 countries regarding their protection readiness in an increasingly challenging world and their confidence moving forward. The results revealed that 83% of survey respondents said data protection is a mandatory or very important criterion when selecting a converged infrastructure solution.
EMC and VCE totally get it, which is why data protection is included in EVERY VxRail appliance.
The data protection capabilities built into VxRail Appliances includes backup and recovery, and continuous data protection. It’s a lot of functionality, which addresses data protection requirements for most VxRail customers.
But what about for the user who needs (or wants) more data protection? By “more” I mean additional capabilities, such as provisioning a larger number of Virtual Machines (VMs), or comprehensive monitoring, analysis, reporting and backup file search capabilities, or the addition of industry-leading protection storage. I’m talking about an “over and above” level of protection.
Let me share a recent personal example. Every few years my family is fortunate enough to take a Caribbean vacation. The last two vacations have been cruises. However, this year we decided to go with another family to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. Our friends had been there before and are now owners of one of the villas at the resort. When we first started talking about this vacation over a year ago our thoughts focused on endless beaches, sun, watersports, exotic food and fun.
But there was one topic that increasingly entered the conversations as we approached our departure date.