The Access Appliance is a purpose-built storage solution for long term retention of backup and, archive data and other retention-type use cases such as video surveillance and healthcare PACs image data. Not surprisingly, The Access Appliance is built on our popular Veritas Accessscale-out NAS software.
The Flex Appliance is a very clever platform for delivering Veritas data protection services including NetBackup and CloudCatalyst. Rather than running these apps on dedicated servers, with the Flex Appliance, multiple data protection services are deployed in containers on a single appliance.
Turn on a data protection or cloud tiering service as needed, without touching additional hardware. The containerized, microservices architecture of the Flex Appliance even goes a lot further than hyperconverged when it comes to simplifying infrastructure and the speed and ease of deployment as it supports multiple NBU domains and CloudCatalyst instances simultaneously.
I can guess what you’re thinking. Why is Veritas offering more and more appliances when everything Veritas has been software defined? The primary reason; many of you in the community have asked us to. Particularly for Access.
There’s a unique aspect to our appliances. A secret I'll share with my readers. Shhhhh. They’re still software defined. The software license is decoupled from the hardware we deliver it on. Here’s a couple examples of what I mean. Let’s say you purchase an Access 3340 Appliance, and a year from now you find a shiny, new storage server. You can move the Access software license to that new hardware. It also works the other way around. Maybe you’re running NBU software today on a white box server but want to upgrade to the Flex Appliance. No problem. That license you already have can be used to enable NBU on Flex (assuming minimum supported version, of course).
Veritas appliances are really the best of both worlds. All the benefits of a software-based solution with the peace of mind that you’re not locked into Veritas hardware. I’m thinking we should have called them un-appliances. What do you think? Please add your thoughts and comments to the discussion.