As we all come to grips with what is the new normal, one thing that we can all agree on is we’ve all had to embrace change. In the world of IT, it can be one of the scariest words and in some situations painful. But, when change is embraced right, it can also be the most rewarding for a number of reasons.
Take the evolution of IT over the past few years. The need to simplify IT, break down silos, and consolidate from a complex three-tier architecture is one of the many reasons you are already running your business on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform or seriously considering it. And while this change may have seemed daunting at first, you, like many of the 16,000+ customers worldwide are thrilled with the change. Moving to one unified, modular scale-out platform, one-click upgrades, best total cost of ownership and the list goes one.
And, you are probably looking to take advantage of a number of the innovations Nutanix has to offer like: Next-gen file services with Nutanix Files, Integrated data protection with Nutanix Mine and better management of unstructured data with Nutanix Objects. With even more choices, comes the need to evaluate if your backup infrastructure is designed to help you take full advantage of these and all new innovations in the pipe. So, now is the time to ask, is your current backup infrastructure the right one to protect your next-gen Nutanix platform?
From a backup infrastructure perspective, your four choices are:
- Legacy Three-tier backup software – Designed to support each tier, but can be complex, time-consuming to deploy, maintain and upgrade
- Expensive backup appliances – Dedicated solutions, billed as all-in-one, but are relatively new, can be many times more expensive than your production environment investment and force you to rip and replace your existing infrastructure
- Generic Cloud Based backup Service – A new set of generic VM backup service that have a cloud UI, but are essentially a regular on-prem solution
- Purpose-built service for the platform – A newer and rare breed of data protection solutions that are built from the ground up to leverage both on-prem and cloud native platforms for efficient data-protection
And, while there are pros and cons to each of the solutions, the question still remains. Is the backup infrastructure designed to support my Nutanix Enterprise Cloud platform investment, and can it support new Nutanix innovations easily as they are introduced? Like the announcement for Nutanix Clusters on AWS? Or, the announcement for Nutanix Clusters on Azure Cloud? You may answer those questions much like Nutanix CIO Wendy Pfeiffer who recently commented, “We rely on HYCU, running certified on AOS+AHV, as a key component of our enterprise BCP solution.”
If you are running Nutanix in your datacenter, like Nutanix IT, or considering it, chances are you have already heard about HYCU. HYCU was launched over three years ago and is a solution that was purpose-built for Nutanix Enterprise Cloud customers. HYCU offers impact-free, agentless, application-consistent and cost-efficient backup and recovery. It is used by Nutanix customers in over 70+ countries! If are wondering why, here are few reasons:
Purpose-built for Nutanix
Purpose-built refers to a solution built from scratch to efficiently protect the Nutanix platform with zero performance impact. Case in point, HYCU is the first-and-only enterprise backup and recovery software solution to provide VM-stun free backups of ESXi on Nutanix. HYCU was also first to support AHV, Nutanix Files, Volume groups, Nutanix ROBO and much more. This is all possible only because of HYCU’s long-term commitment in aligning its roadmap with Nutanix, and being purpose-built for Nutanix users.
100% Application focus
Unlike others solutions, HYCU can automatically discover all applications (such as MS SQL, Exchange, Oracle, SAP HANA, etc.) with our patented application awareness technology. HYCU also offers agentless backups of not just VMs but applications with granular point-in-time recovery. With the combination of HYCU’s application-protection and integration with Nutanix Snapshots, users will not experience any performance impacts when their applications are being backed up.
Designed with 1-click Simplicity in Mind
Just like Nutanix, HYCU is extremely easy to deploy, maintain and upgrade. This is due to HYCU’s vApp-based agentless deployment and auto-application discovery where the entire setup can be completed in minutes. With HYCU’s highly intuitive UI tailored around Nutanix PRISM’s UI and Nutanix terminology, 1-click backup migration and DR workflows, and integration into Nutanix Prism UI, administrators can get started in minutes.
Enhanced backup security and advanced Ransomware protection
HYCU can help secure backups so that you can safeguard your datacenter and quickly recover from any malicious attacks including ransomware. To learn how HYCU helped a customer against ransomware, please read this report. HYCU also supports end-to-end in-transit encryption, network segmentation for secure data-transfer, legal hold, Nutanix Object based WORM support and even allows for detailed user-level access control for restricting access to users from unauthorized resources.
Promote self-service for operational efficiency
HYCU can empower end-users by enabling DevOps styled environments where application owners can protect, recover and clone their VMs and applications. HYCU provides a detailed multi-tenant framework that helps administrators to host secure sandbox style environments in a shared infrastructure. HYCU’s RBAC can help delegate simple tasks to end users, which can free up time for administrators to focus on high-value tasks.
Increased ROI with reduced TCO
HYCU’s incredibly lightweight architecture helps you save up to 50% of your datacenter resources such as compute, storage and licensing costs. HYCU has a light weight footprint, and can easily scale across multiple Nutanix clusters with ease. HYCU can help you further save more money by repurposing existing hardware or public cloud vendors (AWS S3, GCP and Azure) to store backups as HYCU is a target-agnostic backup solution. HYCU also provides all application backups and inbuilt reporting infrastructure as a standard offering at no additional cost.
Integrated data protection for secondary storage and archive
If you’re looking to procure Nutanix secondary storage to protect your Nutanix primary workloads, look no further as HYCU is available with Nutanix Mine and Nutanix Objects to provide you a seamless data-protection experience. Nutanix Mine with HYCU can help setup secondary storage in minutes and can also provide integrated UI with Nutanix PRISM for a more unified management experience.
Outstanding customer service and support
Just as Nutanix has pioneered what the standard for customer service and support should be with a six-year average Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 90, HYCU is quickly becoming known for exceptional customer service. Our approach has always been to treat all of our customers with empathy and care. Our technical support representatives are known for their high technical acumen and professionalism. And, these are all contributors to why our own NPS score is 91, the highest currently of any backup and recovery vendor.
We know that change can seem daunting. However, if you apply the same rationale for why you are making or are interested in making the investment with Nutanix to your supporting applications and backup infrastructure, we know HYCU will not disappoint. Make sure to check out our Virtual Booth in the Solutions Expo at the Global .NEXT Digital Experience. HYCU is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor that is also bringing you the Nutanix .Next Show with Trevor Noah and others! As the CIO at a leading healthcare organization noted recently, “Any CIO in healthcare looking to transform the patient experience in this new normal, you have to look at HYCU, Nutanix and AHV. It’s just that simple.”