Remote Office Management with SimpliVity OmniCube
The perfect solution to minimize the management burden and increase data protection for remote offices
SimpliVity OmniCube hyperconverged infrastructure is the perfect solution to minimize the management burden and increase data protection for remote offices.
According to Forrester, greater than 50% of all data for more than 50% of survey respondents is stored in remote offices. The lifeblood of these organizations is stored equally in the remote sites as it is in the corporate data center. And it’s not just one or two remote sites. According to IDC, the average enterprise data center serves 55 branches. As data grows exponentially, and as the demands on that data in terms of performance, mobility, protection, and management grows with it, the ability for remote sites to cope is being stretched thin.
Top Remote Office Management Challenges
According to an ESG Survey, the top five remote office management challenges are: poor application performance, slow file transfer speed, cost of WAN bandwidth, too much data to move over the WAN, and lack of available WAN infrastructure or Telco services.
Remote offices typically do not have the IT staff to keep up with remote office demands. Some sites may have only one professional responsible for server, storage, backup, network, telecom, desktop, etc. The burden is insurmountable with legacy technology and often leads to closets packed with gear. It also often leads to the central IT team flying staff to remote offices to fix problems. Or worse, it could lead to application downtime, data unavailability, and ultimately, a decrease in employee productivity.
Remote Office Backup Issues
Remote offices typically do not have the Wide-Area Network (WAN) bandwidth to manage backups centrally from headquarters. That’s why remote offices perform backups locally. So what happens?
You have to deploy independent backup software, on an independent server, and you have to send that backup data somewhere. It means you usually use your existing remote office storage system and store the backups locally. This protects data from certain issues but does not prevent the loss or unavailability of data if the whole storage system goes down. It could also mean that you back up to a dedicated backup storage array or, as many still do, back up to tape.
To avoid costs, your organization may buy backup solutions targeted for much smaller companies. It’s easy to treat a remote site as an SMB, but the reality is that it’s an extension of the broader enterprise. This typically means your remote site has different backup software, different backup operations, different backup management screens, and different backup targets than the corporate data center.
This scenario leads to a proliferation of infrastructure applications and devices that become more and more difficult to manage at scale, further exacerbating the issue when 50% of the company’s most critical asset—its data—is at remote sites.
According to Forrester, this local deployment of backup software and infrastructure has several challenges:
- Remote sites have limited local IT staff to manage and troubleshoot backups
- Tapes are not regularly taken off site for disaster recovery protection
- Loss of stolen tapes exposes a company to regulatory and legal risk, and damages its reputation
- Central IT has limited visibility into local backup operations
How will you overcome remote office challenges?
- How will you manage remote office costs effectively?
- How will you provide remote offices with the data protection they require?
- How will you ensure success of backup and restore jobs over distance?
- How will you maximize the efficiency of your WAN?
- How will you avoid the purchase of expensive WAN optimization devices?
- How will you ensure critical Service Level Agreements (SLAs) like Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) for the business units?
- How will you ensure the success of restores?
- How will you reduce the cost of managing remote offices?
IT organizations should consider not only data center consolidation, but also a consolidation of the management and protection of the 50% of critical data stored in remote offices.
OmniCube: Better Remote Office Management
SimpliVity’s OmniCube is the industry’s first and only globally federated and hyperconverged infrastructure solution. Designed and optimized for the VM environment, OmniCube is a 2U rack-mounted building block that delivers server, storage, and virtualization services. In addition, a complete set of advanced functionality enables dramatic improvements to the management, protection, and performance of virtual workloads—all at a fraction of the cost and extreme reduction in complexity compared to today’s traditional infrastructure stack.
SimpliVity OmniCube is the perfect solution to manage remote offices. OmniCube enables simple backup and restore for remote offices, all managed from a single pane of glass—VMware vCenter.
OmniCube’s Data Virtualization Platform deduplicates, compresses, and optimizes all data at inception, once and forever. OmniCube deduplicates, compresses and optimizes data before sending it over the WAN, limiting the amount of data transferred, and eliminating the need for WAN optimization. And, SimpliVity OmniCube protects data, both locally and remotely, ensuring the organization’s lifeblood is always available and online.