Operational and Tactical Benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud

by Christian Smith – August 29, 2017

When evaluating technology, it’s important to consider both the operational and tactical benefits of a product or service. On the Igneous website and in our datasheets, we talk a lot about the operational benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud.

Operational benefits achieve core business values such as cutting costs and increasing departmental efficiency. As a refresher, here are three major operational benefits of Igneous:

  • Modernizing infrastructure and eliminating siloed backup and archive systems, resulting in tremendous cost savings and a fast Return on Investment
  • Saving team investment because Zero-Touch Infrastructure™ doesn’t require any dedicated people to support secondary storage
  • Providing quick search and restore of data via a user-friendly interface, making it easy for both business users and IT to access data

Download the Igneous whitepaper “Secondary Storage for the Cloud Era” to learn more about the growth of big data, corresponding storage challenges and the ways that Igneous helps enterprises overcome these challenges.

Let’s explore the tactical benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud, and how our consolidated backup and archive solution actually works to produce these benefits.


What are the technology benefits of Igneous?

Effective technology can introduce new functionality and improve the way an enterprise operates. With secondary storage, that means introducing new ways of storing, backing up and archiving unstructured data – the images, videos, sensor data and other data that can’t be easily stored in traditional, relational databases.

These technology benefits include:

  • Faster backups: Unlike traditional backup methods, Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud moves data from existing enterprise network-attached storage in highly parallel streams. Traditional backup methods were single-threaded, designed to linearly stream data to tape.
  • Incremental Forever: Igneous only moves data that has changed. Our software automatically presents a "virtual full" when data needs to be recovered.
  • No impact to primary filers: With Igneous, data movement is highly parallel but also latency-aware. When the primary filer is inactive, Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud moves data as fast as possible. When users or applications access the data, data movement automatically backs off dynamically. 
  • No separate backup catalogs: Traditional backup software maintains catalogs in separate databases. With growing datasets, backup catalog sizes have ballooned, forcing backup catalogs to run on primary storage and be backed up separately. At Igneous, we’ve built search indexing into our platform so there are no separate backup catalogs to manage or protect.
  • No operational support: Igneous provides all functionality as-a-service, freeing team members from the burden of software upgrades, troubleshooting, and managing multiple layers of infrastrastructure.

Tying it all Together

If your job title includes the words “backup administrator” or your job duties include administering your organization’s data backups, the tactical perks of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud are probably of particular interest when talking about technology benefits. How does Igneous technology work to store, backup and archive enterprises’ unstructured data?

  • Eliminate your backup windows. We minimize the amount of data that needs to be backed up. That’s because our Incremental Forever feature spreads out the backups so backups are constantly happening.

    And the reason backups can run all the time is because Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud is latency-aware. Because our hybrid cloud runs all the time, business users experience impactless backups.

    Primary filers aren’t impacted in large part because of automated throttling. Automated throttling adjusts the amount of data being backed up so it doesn’t interfere with the primary tier.

  • Eliminate management of backup catalogs. No separate backup catalogs are necessary because once we’ve extracted the metadata, we’re storing it in our object store and simultaneously indexing it. While inline, the indexing doesn’t slow an enterprise’s ability to write the data. All indexing operations use an event-driven computing model outside the latency path.
  • Minimize management of backups. Backup as-a-Service is built from the beginning to provide non-disruptive updates from Igneous using the latest in cloud software techniques.

Together, the operational and tactical benefits of Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud transform enterprise secondary storage from time-consuming, siloed and costly to efficient, integrated and cost-effective. 

 

Learn more

Download the Igneous whitepaper “Secondary Storage for the Cloud Era” to learn more about the growth of big data, corresponding storage challenges and the ways that Igneous helps enterprises overcome these challenges.