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EMC Data Protection Suite.jpgBusinesses are rapidly attempting to drive complexity out of IT equipment acquisition and management. Private cloud computing architectures are an increasingly popular approach to achieving these goals.   By running business-critical applications and data platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Exchange in a validated Microsoft private cloud environment, organizations ensure reliability and maximum utilization of their virtual infrastructure, while assuring application service levels with lower costs.

 

The benefits of private clouds have been well documented. Virtualization and high availability using fail-over clustering maximizes up time, workload placement, and recovery from local or regional disasters.  However, most private cloud implementations do address protection of applications such as SQL Server and SharePoint.  The EMC Backup for Microsoft Cloud reference architecture  provides a design and architecture using the Microsoft System Center Management tools for automation to deliver BaaS for key Microsoft enterprise software on a Windows Hyper-V private cloud.

 

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Technologies used in reference architecture include:

  • Hyper-V for Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC)
  • Microsoft System Center 2012 R2
  • Windows Azure Pack
  • EMC NetWorker 9
  • EMC NetWorker Module for Microsoft
  • EMC Data Domain® storage

 

The backup services implemented in this RA enables private cloud tenants to select a backup operation for their application servers during the virtual-machine deployment process in the self-service portal. The application and backup agent are installed in the virtual machine template. When the virtual machine is deployed, the cloud administrator can enable the backup from the self-service portal. The figure below provides an overview of this service.

 

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All application backups are associated with a backup policy, which is a set of backup parameters that are required to back up the application.  Policies enable the administrator to configure backup options for a specific group of application servers.

 

This RA also describes an application restore service. The restore service does not use the self-service portal to perform a restore operation. Instead, it is up to the application owner to choose how restore scenarios are executed based on business requirements and application knowledge.

 

This RA enables customers to provide enterprise-class application BaaS for Microsoft cloud infrastructures by integrating with EMC Data Protection Suite products that will provide these key benefits:

  1. Self-service data protection:
    • Tenants can use the self-service portal to provision the Microsoft application servers with backup software installed by deploying selected virtual machine templates.
    • Administrators can use the self-service portal to enable the backup policy for newly deployed application servers.
  2. Automated backup operations:
    • The integration with a the PowerShell runbook and the NetWorker command line provides automation for backup operations.

 

You can get a copy of this RA using the link below:

Reference Architecture: EMC Backup For Microsoft Cloud

 

Thanks for reading,

Phil Hummel @GotDisk