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HCI backup and disaster recovery architecture: Is it hype?

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Disaster recovery options for hyper-converged infrastructure

What is the right hyper-converged platform for your disaster recovery architecture?

Hyper-convergence, which tightly integrates compute, storage and virtualization, comes with a number of benefits: It can cut costs, reduce administrative burden and simplify your environment. But it's still a nascent industry, and its disaster recovery options vary dramatically: from hyper-converged vendors that offer DR support to data protection and management vendors that support hypervisors. Let's take a look at a few of them. Perhaps one of these can improve your disaster recovery architecture:

  • Rubrik Alta, which includes backup, recovery and copy data management features, supports Hyper-V, Nutanix and VMware hypervisors.

  • Nutanix, a hyper-converged pioneer, offers integrated backup and disaster recovery to protect virtualized applications.

  • Hyper-converged vendor Pivot3 and business continuity and disaster recovery provider Zerto have teamed up. Pivot3's hyper-converged infrastructure works with Zerto's flagship Virtual Replication.

  • Cohesity's self-described "hyper-converged secondary storage" handles backup, archiving, analytics, copy data and recovery.

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise SimpliVity offers backup and DR architecture built in to a hyper-converged product.

Recently, these vendors and others have been fashioning and expanding their products. That brings us to one of the fun and interesting pieces of watching this market: The products keep improving. But that's not to say that they don't come with challenges. For example, you need to make sure hyper-converged infrastructure and your chosen disaster recovery complement each other.

This handbook provides answers to questions and nails down key considerations when looking at hyper-converged providers and disaster recovery architecture, so read on to gain more knowledge of this evolving field.

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