IBM FlashSystem 9100 Multi-Cloud Solution for Data Reuse, Protection and Efficiency
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by Wilhelm Gardt and Joerg Walter
Today many organizations are using some form of cloud services, be it private, public or hybrid cloud and storage infrastructure is an integral part of these deployments. Another noticeable trend in the data center is to get more out of backup data than just recovery. Reusing backup data for new use cases such as DevOps and analytics allows IT organizations to derive more value from their data.
Real-world examples demonstrate the business value of this solution: Backup, restore and re-use of Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases, as well of VMware virtual machines.
The solution described in the blueprint consists of a vSphere environment comprising two data centers. The primary data center, on-premises, contains a VMware environment and application systems on virtual and physical servers, such as Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle databases. The secondary data center, off-premises in IBM Cloud, holds a replicated copy of primary backup data and provides compute resources to take over systems in case of an outage or disaster at the primary site. In addition, the backup data in both data centers can be used to clone VMs and databases or just start up a new environment (without restoring) for DevOps, reporting, analytics and more.
The Network Design
Communications between the on-premises VMware environment and the off-premises components in the IBM Cloud environment must be enabled without exposing hosts or VMs to the public Internet. To do this securely and transparently, an IP-sec VPN tunnel is established between both sites. This tunnel allows all types of data to traverse between the on-premises and off-premises private net-works, without the need to assign public interfaces to the VMware hosts.
IBM Virtual Router Appliance (VRA) and VyOS – Linux based Routers and Firewalls
The IBM Cloud Gateway Appliance
An IBM Gateway Appliance is established in the IBM Cloud to allow the creation of an IPsec VPN tunnel between the off-premise Cloud and the on-premises data center.
The VyOS Gateway
The VyOS gateway is the counterpart to the IBM Cloud Gateway Appliance. VyOS is an open source network operating system that can be installed on physical hardware or a virtual machine on your own server, or a cloud platform. It is based on GNU/Linux and joins multiple applications such as Quagga, ISC DHCPD, OpenVPN, StrongS/WAN, VPN and Firewall features and others under a single management interface.
Solution components overview
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus as a Data Protection and Data Re-Use Solution
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a data protection and availability solution for virtual environments and applications on physical and virtual servers. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus includes its own backup storage repository (the “vSnap”), which allows to create real block-based copies of VM and application data, providing a higher grade of disaster protection.
In our solution an IBM® Spectrum™ Protect Plus Appliance runs in the on-premises data center, performing VM and application backups to a local vSnap repository. Powered by the performance of a FS9100 storage backend, this solution allows to run backup, restore, cloning, instant access and data replication to the Cloud at the same time.
As all backup data and a copy of the SPP catalog is replicated to the IBM Cloud, the whole primary environment can be recovered in the off-premise location.
IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management for DevOps and Test
IBM® Spectrum™ Copy Data Management makes hardware assisted (snapshot) copies available to data consumers when and where they need them, without creating unnecessary copies or leaving unused copies on valuable storage.
In our solution, an IBM® Spectrum™ Copy Data Management is used to create snapshot copies of VMware virtual machines and databases and re-use them in instant access and cloning operations.
The following list outlines the required Spectrum Copy Data Management con-figuration steps:
3. Create SLA policies in CDM (includes backup schedule and retention time).
For further information refer to the IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management User’s Guide or Knowledge Center:
IBM FS9100 Storage System
FS9100 is IBM’s follow-on platform to Storwize V7000F and FlashSystem V9000. It runs Spectrum Virtualize software and introduces remarkable new features in comparison to the predecessor models:
As traditional storage systems can provide capacity for legacy backup environments, the new IBM FS9100 systems are the perfect storage foundation for building the next-generation Data Protection and Reuse solutions.
The IBM Blueprint “IBM FlashSystem 9100 Multi-Cloud Solution for Data Re-use, Protection and Efficiency” describes this solution in detail: