3 Reasons Backup Appliance Customers Switch to Igneous
Backup appliances from vendors like Cohesity, Commvault and Rubrik are perfectly suitable for structured data where capacity growth is more predictable and more manageable, but they struggle with the petabyte scale, rapid growth and unique characteristics of file data.
Customers increasingly turn to Igneous to help them with petabyte-scale backup and archive of file data - here are three main reasons customers make the switch.
1. Zero Hardware Footprint
Appliance-based backup vendors rely on adding more hardware to scale. What starts as a single hardware appliance in a proof of concept can rapidly expand to over a dozen appliances as capacity grows from terabytes to petabytes of data, requiring more data center space, more infrastructure and more IT overhead to manage that expansion.
For example, this chart shows how your Cohesity footprint will grow from 1 hardware appliance to 15 hardware appliances as your capacity increases from hundreds of terabytes to petabytes of data.
Igneous is a software-only solution, built for petabyte scale. Igneous installs with a VM and is infinitely scalable across a single site or multiple sites with additional VMs, meaning you'll never need to buy more dedicated hardware to protect your critical data, or lease more data center space to store additional racks.
2. Built for Petabyte-Scale File Environments
While appliance-based backup solutions excel at small datasets or structured datasets like database and VM workloads, most vendors added support for file data as an afterthought, to round out their backup offerings.
Petabyte-scale unstructured datasets require a different architecture, one that is built for millions and billions of files. Appliance-based backup solutions require more hardware as customers increase capacity, grow file counts or change files more frequently. See the chart showing how Rubrik hardware requirements can vary by 3x depending on the average file size of your dataset alone. These factors mean you must forecast not just capacity, but also average file size and change rate of your data over time, or run the risk of having to add more hardware to your datacenter just to meet backup SLAs.
Igneous is delivered as a VM, with no physical hardware. A single Igneous VM can protect from 3-5PB of data and scaling up requires just a simple deployment of another VM - no hardware, no networking, no power feeds, no hassle.
3. Backup Direct to Cloud Archive Tiers
Rubrik, Cohesity and other backup appliance vendors require you maintain on-prem storage capacity to backup your data, even if you intend to leverage cloud as your backup target. Backing up 5 petabytes to the cloud with leading backup appliance vendors will require anywhere from 500TB to 5PB of additional storage capacity on the backup appliance, in addition to your cloud storage.
In addition to requiring on-prem storage capacity for cloud backups, backup appliance vendors also have spotty levels of cloud support. While most will claim to support AWS, Azure and GCP - most can't leverage deep archive tiers in each cloud to minimize storage costs and many fail to optimize for transaction costs in moving files to and from the cloud.
While these additional storage and transaction costs may be small in a test environment, they can lead to a 20x increase in cloud storage costs by landing data in hot cloud tiers and a 1000x increase in cloud transaction costs by not optimizing for ingress and egress fees with each provider.
With Igneous, you can write backup and archive data directly to any cloud target, including the lowest-cost cloud archive tiers like AWS Glacier Deep Archive, Azure Archive and Google Coldline. Writing directly to cloud means there is no need for additional on-premises storage capacity to protect your data and by compressing, bundling and expiring data efficiently, we reduce cloud transaction costs by up to 1000x over competing solutions.