24/09/2018 |

Why OpenIO SDS Is a Perfect Backup Target

The most important thing about backups is being able to recover data. You regularly perform backups hoping you won't need them, but when you do, you want to get your data back as soon as possible. OpenIO SDS is the perfect backup repository for several reasons, and in this article I'll analyze the most important ones.

It's an object storeA new way of thinking about object storage

This might seem trivial, but object stores are perfect for storing both short- and long-term backups. System resiliency and reliability are much higher than with any other storage systems, and the same goes for data durability. At the same time, object stores usually offer a better $/GB than traditional backup appliances or filers.

It's scale-out

Most backup appliances are scale-up. This means that when your infrastructure grows and you need to store more data, or retain data for a longer time, you'll need a larger model and an expensive forklift upgrade. With OpenIO SDS you just add a new node to the cluster and you get additional capacity in a matter of minutes.

Furthermore, thanks to Conscience technology, the nodes can be different from each other, allowing the user to mix different hardware generations and server types.

It's NFS compatible

With OpenIO SDS 18.04, we introduced OIO-FS V2, the new version of our file system connector. This makes it possible to write and read backup data with traditional interfaces, and this new version is much faster improving the speed of access. Even if your backup software doesn't support S3 as a primary target, OpenIO SDS has you covered.

It's screaming fast

We’ve demonstrated the performance of OpenIO SDS several times, and now, with OIO-FS, the file system interface is fast too. You can easily reach very high throughputs for faster backups and recoveries. And even more important is that, with OpenIO SDS, when you add a new node for additional capacity you get the improved performance there as well, immediately.

It's DR-ready

Depending on user needs, OpenIO SDS can be configured to support geo-distributed  erasure coding or remote replication. This improves data recovery in case of disasters by storing copies of data in remote sites.

It's multi-tenant

Backup is one of the many workloads you can run concurrently on OpenIO SDS. Because of its characteristics of mutli-tenancy, you can reserve resources for backups or share them with other applications. If you think of object storage as a single back-end infrastructure for all your secondary data needs, $/GB is improved further, as are performance and infrastructure manageability.

It's free

You can start with the free version of OpenIO SDS and build a backup repository in minutes. Then you can get access to our support subscriptions and OIO-FS later and get even more out of it!

Key Takeaways

OpenIO SDS has several advantages when compared to other backup targets, especially if you look at a solution that can last for the long term and can be the base for a variety of capacity-driven workloads.

A new way of thinking about object storage