Converged architecture systems provide an amazing level of hardware resiliency. Some businesses take this to mean that they no longer need to perform backup of data and workloads running on converged architecture. Nothing could be further from the truth.
It’s easy to understand why some organizations might make this mistake: If a component fails in a converged architecture system, it’s unlikely to cause the type of problem that stops the workload running on the server to become unavailable. If a hardware component fails, the administrator of a converged architecture system is notified by the management software and can then schedule the failed component for replacement during the next scheduled maintenance cycle.
With that said, no matter how resilient the hardware, it doesn’t protect against data corruption, malware or administrator errors. Backup is also necessary for compliance and general administrative reasons.
As they do with traditional servers, administrators of converged architecture need to ensure that a comprehensive data protection regimen is in place and is being executed. Any data stored on the converged architecture system needs to be backed up. If data becomes corrupted or is deleted, it must be recoverable from backup. Further, many organizations must back up data to meet compliance requirements around retention.
It’s also a good idea to back up application settings. Should application settings become corrupted, or if an administrator changes an important setting that causes problems and doesn’t remember, or doesn’t know, how to change it back, application settings can be recovered from backup.
Backing up the operating system and applications is a less critical element of a data protection strategy as both can be reinstalled from scratch.
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