5 Reasons Replication Customers Switch to Igneous
Customers increasingly turn to Igneous to help them reduce or eliminate inefficient replication environments, reduce hardware and datacenter costs and to leverage the cloud as a target for data protection. We've identified five main reasons our customers make the switch and have outlined them below.
1. Purpose-Built for Data Protection
Replication was created as a disaster recovery solution, not a data protection solution. This mismatch leaves IT teams trying to solve a problem with a tool that isn't designed or priced for the job at hand. Igneous is a fully-managed, software-as-a-service solution built specifically for handling enterprise backup at petabyte-scale. While some clients choose to replace their entire secondary storage tier with Igneous, others leverage Igneous for NAS backup at scale, while retaining their replication environment for its original intention - as a disaster recovery tier to bring critical systems back online.
2. Architected for Performance with Zero Hardware
Igneous is multi-threaded, infinitely scalable and requires zero hardware. Our architecture means you'll never need to buy more dedicated hardware protect your critical data, or lease more data center space to store additional racks. Deployment is so simple, you can do it remotely, without ever having to set foot in your datacenter - allowing you easily implement Igneous in multi-site environments.
3. Designed to Eliminate Vendor Lock-In
Replication requires vendor-specific, like-for-like storage architectures. This creates vendor lock-in and restricts data movement. Igneous can read from any on-prem storage environment and backup to any on-prem storage or cloud target, including backing up directly to cloud archive tiers. This flexibility allows customers to choose where they want their backup data to live and makes for incredibly simple backup to cloud workflows at enterprise scale.
4. Optimized for Storage Efficiency
Backup datasets must maintain version histories of changed files, and because backup copies are often retained for months or years, secondary storage often requires far more capacity than primary NAS. It is not uncommon for a secondary storage tier to require 1.3-3.2x the amount of storage as the primary tier to account for versioning, erasure encoding, resiliency and general system overhead. Igneous customers typically see a 40% increase in storage efficiency compared to replication due to compression and the elimination of storage overhead that reduces useable capacity, resulting in far less capacity required on your storage target to protect your critical data.
5. Unparalleled Performance at 50% of the Cost
By eliminating on-prem hardware requirements, leveraging low cost cloud archive tiers for storage and providing a managed-service that requires less IT management - Igneous consistently saves petabyte-scale replication customers 50% or more on their data protection efforts while eliminating massive amounts of IT complexity.