Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model

Book description

Use a Hybrid Cloud solution - combining cloud storage with on-premise storage - and help dramatically decrease costs while increasing scalability and agility. This book offers focused, concise insights on technical considerations, benefits, and tradeoffs, so you can begin planning for implementation.

  • Explains, in both practical and strategic terms, how a new enterprise storage model can solve multiple challenges
  • Delivers focused insights on architecture, access, backups, snapshots, data redundancy as a service, dedupes, capacity, data lifecycles, storage tiering, archiving, externalized blobs, storage consolidation, compression, bandwidth, and privacy and security planning
  • The author is an expert for cloud storage technologies and is well known in the networking technologies community

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Table of contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Introduction
    1. Conventions
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. Errata & book support
    4. We want to hear from you
    5. Stay in touch
  3. Next steps
  4. 1. Rethinking enterprise storage
    1. The hybrid cloud management model
    2. The transformation of enterprise storage with cloud storage services
      1. The constant nemesis: data growth
      2. Increasing the automation of storage management
      3. Virtual systems and hybrid cloud storage
      4. Reducing the amount of data stored
    3. Best practices or obsolete practices?
      1. Doing things the same old way doesn’t solve new problems
    4. Introducing the hybrid cloud storage architecture
      1. Change the architecture and change the function
        1. Snapshots
        2. Data tiering
        3. Thin provisioning
    5. Summary
  5. 2. Leapfrogging backup with cloud snapshots
    1. The inefficiencies and risks of backup processes
      1. The many complications and risks of tape
        1. Tape media
        2. Media management and rotation
        3. Synthetic full backups
        4. Restoring from tape
    2. Backing up to disk
      1. Virtual tape: A step in the right direction
      2. Incremental-only backup
      3. Dedupe makes a big difference
      4. For the love of snapshots
    3. A big breakthrough: Cloud snapshots
      1. Fingerprints in the cloud
        1. Scheduling cloud snapshots
        2. Efficiency improvements with cloud snapshots
      2. Comparing cloud snapshots
        1. Remote office data protection
        2. The role of local snapshots
      3. Looking beyond disaster protection
    4. Summary
  6. 3. Accelerating and broadening disaster recovery protection
    1. Minimizing business interruptions
      1. Planning for the unexpected
        1. Practicing is a best practice
        2. Recovery metrics: Recovery time and recovery point
        3. Shortening RPOs and RTOs with remote replication
          1. Storage-Based Replication
          2. Server Software Replication
          3. Dedupe VTL Replication
        4. Replicating data growth problems is a problem
        5. Unpredictable RPOs and RTOs with tape
    2. Disaster recovery with the Microsoft HCS solution
      1. Introducing the metadata map
      2. Recovery times with the Microsoft HCS solution
        1. Deterministic, thin recoveries
        2. Comparing recovery times with cloud storage as virtual tape
        3. The working set
        4. Application coverage and data protection continuity
        5. More cloud snapshots = more recovery points
        6. Recoveries with spare and active CiS systems
        7. Recoveries and cloud storage buckets
    3. Windows Azure Storage as a recovery service
      1. Redundancy as a service: local and geo-replication
      2. Location-independent recovery
        1. ROBO protection and recovery
    4. Summary
  7. 4. Taming the capacity monster
    1. The need for flexible storage
      1. Migrating data with server virtualization technology
      2. Thin provisioning brings relief
    2. Storage architectures: Scale-up, scale-out, and scale-across with cloud storage as a tier
      1. Scale-up and scale-out storage
      2. Scale-across storage
    3. Separating dormant data from active data with cloud-as-a-tier
      1. The life cycles of fingerprints
        1. Remapping pointers for dormant data and accessing it in the cloud
        2. Cumulative results of data growth and data life cycles
        3. Windows Azure Storage as a “bottomless” tier for dormant data
    4. CiS designs for efficient working set storage
      1. Data reduction and tiering within the CiS system
        1. Deduping primary storage
        2. Compression completes the reduction
    5. Summary
  8. 5. Archiving data with the hybrid cloud
    1. Digital archiving and electronic discovery
      1. Protecting privacy and ensuring integrity and availability
      2. Policies for managing data archives
      3. Storage options for data archives
        1. Archiving to tape
        2. Archiving to disk
        3. Archiving to cloud storage
    2. Archiving with the Microsoft HCS solution
      1. Data archiving with Windows Azure Storage
      2. Compliance advantages of Windows Azure Storage
      3. Integrated archiving with the Microsoft HCS solution
      4. A closer look at data retention policies with the Microsoft HCS solution
        1. Fingerprint expiration and managing temporary data
        2. Cloud snapshot policies for long-term digital archives
        3. Snapshot granularity and aligning volumes with snapshot policies
        4. Using the Microsoft HCS solution as secondary storage for enterprise data archiving
      5. Meeting regulatory requirements for privacy, data integrity, and availability
      6. Archiving data from ROBO locations
    3. Summary
  9. 6. Putting all the pieces together
    1. The complete picture of hybrid cloud storage
      1. The system of fingerprints and pointers
        1. Following the fingerprints
        2. Reprising the metadata map
      2. Understanding hybrid cloud storage performance
        1. Establishing the working set
        2. Application volatility matters
        3. Migrating data to a CiS system
    2. Deployment scenarios for the Microsoft HCS solution
        1. Refreshing file-server storage technology
        2. Replacing backup technologies and processes
        3. Establishing DR competency
        4. Externalizing BLOBs on large SharePoint installations
        5. Controlling capacity for enterprise document management
        6. Automating compliance coverage
        7. Migrating archived data to secondary storage
        8. Managing VM sprawl storage
        9. ROBO data protection compliance
    3. Summary
  10. 7. Imagining the possibilities with hybrid cloud storage
    1. Thanks to VMs, everything done in data centers today can be done in the cloud tomorrow
      1. Infrastructure virtualization
        1. Orchestrating clouds
        2. Managing data growth in a hybrid cloud
    2. Data portability in the hybrid cloud
      1. Migrating applications and copying data
      2. Can you get there from here?
        1. Virtual disks as a porting medium
        2. Emulating on-premises storage methods as a service
      3. Recovery in the cloud
        1. Recovering with a CiS system VSA in the cloud
        2. Recovering with backup software running on a VM in the cloud
        3. Recovering with server software and services in the cloud
        4. Recovering with storage system VSAs and replication in the cloud
      4. Big Data and discovery in the cloud
        1. Discovering new discovery techniques in the cloud
    3. Summary
  11. A. Considerations and recommendations for networking, privacy, and data protection
    1. A bifurcated data path from application to cloud
      1. iSCSI considerations
      2. Internet connection considerations
    2. Privacy and data integrity technologies
    3. Data protection considerations
  12. B. Glossary
  13. C. About the author
  14. Index
  15. About the Author
  16. Copyright

Product information

  • Title: Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model
  • Author(s): Marc Farley
  • Release date: August 2013
  • Publisher(s): Microsoft Press
  • ISBN: 9780735679603