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Inspur’s Storage Backup Solution

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Abstract: Inspur’s storage backup solution is a comprehensive solution which combines storage hardware and software. Backup mediums include hard disks, tape libraries and virtual tape libraries. In accordance with different application scenarios and the user’s specific demands, professional backup software is provided at different levels and different backup solutions are designed. Inspur’s storage backup solution has been successfully applied to radio and television, government and education. It provides the strongest foundation for data safety in the field of information technology.

Background and demand analysis

With the rapid development of information technology, information system security has become a serious problem. Information system vulnerabilities and flaws keep emerging. Computer viruses, Trojan horses, botnets, spyware, and fake Web sites are prevalent, and network attacks, cyber-crimes and even cyber terrorism are serious. Additionally, false and harmful information and extremist statements can be found on the Internet. Information system security not only affects the system itself, but also directly threatens social security and the legitimate rights and interests of corporations and individuals. The 12th Five-Year Plan period is the key period for China to push forward economic and social informatization. The nation urgently needs to accelerate the development of the information security industry so as to provide safe and controllable information technologies, products and services for economic and social informatization.

Customer demand analysis

At present, a large amount of data collected on a corporation’s production and sales sustains the survival and development of the entire corporation. Data is a corporation’s most precious intangible asset. When the storage system is affected by computer viruses, tampered and physically damaged, or when it encounters unavoidable natural disasters and the data is lost, it will be a disaster for all corporations. Data backup is an important means of protecting data, and when the information system is damaged, data backup can effectively minimize losses. The purpose of data backup is to preserve the data and state of the entire system, which can undo not only the damage caused by hardware, but also that which is caused by system errors and malicious attacks.

Inspur’s storage backup solution

Inspur’s storage backup solution is a comprehensive solution which combines storage hardware and software. Backup mediums include hard disks, tape libraries and virtual tape libraries. In accordance with different application scenarios and the user’s specific demands, professional backup software is provided at different levels and different backup solutions are designed.

Inspur’s LAN backup solution

Traditional backup tends to adopt LAN as the means of backing up data, which uses a LAN backup strategy. When there is not a huge amount of data, centralized backup can be adopted. A central backup server will be installed in the LAN, and then application servers and workstations will be used as the server’s clients. The central backup server receives requests from the backup agent program and transmits data through the LAN to local tape drive resources run by and connected to the server. This is a means of providing a backup solution which is centralized and easy to manage. LAN backup can be applied to all types of storage.

Analysis of Inspur’s LAN backup solution

In the above graph showing the corporation’s complete storage architecture, an independent backup server is used to deploy Inspur’s backup software. Meanwhile, the customer’s production server is used as the client of the backup software, and the back end will take into consideration the customer’s specific demands, budget, the scale of the solution, etc. and choose the specific backup equipment.

If the customer needs to simplify the whole backup solution and reduce the amount of work needed to operate and maintain the system after it is launched, traditional LAN backup can be achieved by using Inspur’s backup AIO, which is illustrated as follows.

In the recommended AIO backup solution, the whole solution can be simplified. The backup AIO is itself a data protection product which integrates backup software, backup servers and storage equipment. It can provide comprehensive data protection for small and medium-sized businesses and can simplify the backup system. Therefore, it has high cost-performance ratio. The cost of IT management and maintenance can be reduced; mainstream backup software is installed before the AIO leaves the factory and is easy to control. In addition, no professional IT management staff is needed and there is no need to train them. The system is characterized by high availability and excellent after-sales service; a single device will be able to meet the customer’s demand for backup, which reduces deployment time and significantly cuts down the customer’s procurement cycle and cost. They only need to contact one manufacturer for installment and after-sales services.

Inspur’s LAN-Free backup solution

When there is a large amount of data to backup and time is short, the LAN-Free backup can be adopted to reduce the load on the LAN. The server that needs to be backed up is connected through SAN to disk backup mediums or a tape drive. When triggered by the LAN-Free backup client software, the data that needs to be backed up is read and sent through the SAN backup to shared disk backup mediums or a tape drive. This kind of independent network not only allows LAN traffic to be transferred, but also occupies less CPU than a LAN. The reason is that a fiber connection does not need to pass the server’s TCP/IP stack, and error check can be completed in some layers by the hardware inside the fiber connection. In many solutions, a mainframe is needed to manage shared storage devices, and a backup database is required to retrieve and recover data. 

Analysis of Inspur’s LAN-Free backup solution

In the graph above, the disk array and the disk drive are both connected to the storage fiber optic switch via a fiber connection. Database servers, application servers and backup servers can all access disk backup mediums or the tape library through SAN. Data backup and recovery processes are completed using SAN instead of LAN, through which only a small amount of control information is transmitted.

Inspur’s LAN-Free backup solution fully supports data backup at the file level and results in complete and incremental backup of the database. These backup services can be initiated directly by the server or by the client through the server. In an application environment characterized by multiple servers and storage devices, as well as the frequent backup of large-capacity data, SAN’s LAN-Free backup reveals more of its powerful functions.

Target customers and benefits

The solution can be applied to all kinds of users with important data. Inspur’s storage backup solution has been successfully applied to radio and television, government and education. It provides the strongest foundation for data safety in the field of information technology.

List of cases

A centralized storage and backup system was introduced to the Certificate Authority of Hubei Province’s e-government.

Inspur’s DP2000 was successfully applied to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Population and Family Planning’s projects.

Inspur’s DP2000 was successfully applied to the digitalization of Qinghuangdao’s Urban Management Bureau.

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