Azure Stack Edge is a new offering from Microsoft that allows for an easy way to have rugged hardware that can be used at remote or edge locations. This allows for IoT, storage container, and VM deployments to be delivered to the locations where they are needed with ease.
These systems are running analytics or data operations that can start to generate a notable amount of data that is going to require an efficient and practical method of data protection. Veritas has worked with Microsoft and the Azure team to validate using NetBackup as a protection service for Azure Stack Edge devices.
Veritas NetBackup can deliver comprehensive protection for the data on an Azure Stack Edge device. Either use NetBackup to pull data from the edge device or use an agent on the edge box for source-side deduplication with client direct backup. This means an edge box can either send optimized data streams back to a central NetBackup environment or to a co-located edge backup server like the innovative NetBackup 5150 Flex appliance designed for edge deployments.
There are three main methods that can be used depending on the customer's circumstances.
Using this method, a client or media server adjacent to the ASE system can be permitted access to the data shares that the production data is stored on. From this point NetBackup can use the NFS or CIFS mount to back up the production data. These backups can then be replicated to a central hub location or to the cloud. The backups can leverage full deduplication and accelerator functionality for the best performance.
In a deployment where an agent is installed on a virtual machine. That agent can be used to provide application-aware backups for applications on the VM. In addition, the agent on the VM can be used to do accelerated deduplicated backups or data for other systems via the shared CIFS or NFS mounts. Having the agent running on the edge box allows data deduplication with client direct right on the Edge system itself. This means that all data coming out of the Edge system will be optimized and that source-side deduplication leads to minimal data having to go out over the network. This can work well with an adjacent backup server or backing up into a central server from an edge location.
Veritas had a docker certified agent container that can be introduced into the container infrastructure and added on as a side car to the production containers. It’s via this method that the NBU agent container can access the stateful data that is associated with the production containers. As a result, the container can do accelerated, source deduplicated backups of the persistent production data. Again, this can be to an adjacent backup host or even a central server.
Veritas’ commitment to protecting customer data is as strong as ever. With our ongoing partnership with Microsoft, we are dedicated to being there to protect your data, be it in the data center, in the cloud, and even at the edge. As Azure Stack continues to evolve, Veritas will be there to meet the critical protection needs that arise.
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