The concerns IT managers and their executives have with purchasing and deploying backup software usually involve costs and usability. With digital data doubling by 60 percent every year, all companies are constrained to employ a long-lasting backup storage device that can hold increasing tons of information. However, not all that data is relevant. As time goes by, a lot of it is filtered, analyzed, and either put back in storage or discarded.
Companies then find themselves with a lot of storage capabilities they paid for, but which may not be functioning at full capacity. IT managers must estimate the amount of future data going to be stored and collected, to anticipate whether the same devices can efficiently handle the demands or if it is time to reconsider these storage technologies.
Often, storage devices become isolated blocks of data islands located in various parts of the office. They must be streamlined and connected by a networking system which then opens access to different personnel. The IT Manager must categorize storage devices according to type of information and the department of personnel who might need it the most. For example, the Storage Device at the corner right of the office holds all financial data for the accounting office, while the Storage Device at the corner left contains all the advertising materials, collaterals, and campaigns for the marketing department.
Yet all this remains fluid. Sometimes, budget constraints and sheer expediency can force the IT Manager to put some of the marketing data in the accounting office’s storage device, and vice-versa. As a temporary measure, this can suffice, but over time, confusion can happen.
Meanwhile, other IT companies have taken to the cloud for data storage. While flexibility is present, scalability can become expensive as data volume balloons.
The Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform responds to these concerns by creating a software storage device with an architecture made to scale. It combines the commodity server structure with the cloud, giving the user leeway and control over the amount of storage he wants to scale. He can deploy a certain amount of storage space now, and then grow it in sync with the increase of his data streams. This strategy can cut unnecessary costs by avoiding big purchases that would be wasted in the end. It will also help both the IT Manager and the executive anticipate storage needs and the expenses they will incur over a certain period.
Hedvig also establishes a multi-site storage platform that weaves all network and data channels seamlessly, making them convenient to store and easy to access. One storage cluster, for example, can cover two data centers. Automation can connect various storage capabilities and make them functional with minimal intervention. Deduplication, compression, clouds, and snapshots can happen in real-time and immediately put into effect protection and recovery in cases of data crashes or information lost through equipment malfunction or human error.
Another advantage that Hedvig provides is expanding this coat of protection to other cloud services and offsite data centers.
Both software and hardware can be upgraded without disruption; the company is spared loss in productivity or interruption in business continuity.
In eliminating unplanned costs, extending protection and recovery, while offering businesses an avenue to scale their data, Hedvig offers economic and IT advantages to enterprises. No wonder The Backup Review has described it as the future of backup software storage.