Catalogic ECX Modernizes and Transforms the Data Center
Organizations of all sizes need to modernize their IT processes to enable critical new use cases such as operational automation, DevOps and integration of system-of-record data with Cloud compute. They are equally challenged with improving management efficiencies for long established IT processes such as data protection, disaster recovery, reporting and test and development.
Catalogic ECX is a Copy Data Management (CDM) platform that can bring modernization to an existing environment without disruption. ECX delivers “in-place” copy data management to enterprise storage arrays from EMC, IBM, NetApp and Pure Storage, allowing the IT team to make use of its existing infrastructure and data in a manner that is efficient, automated, scalable and easy to use. Catalogic ECX modernizes IT processes, enables key use cases, and does it all without additional hardware.
Watch a Demo of ECX
This eight-minute video provides a quick example of how easy it is to manage a SQL Server database copy environment using Catalogic ECX and a Pure Storage FlashArray system. Similar procedures apply to other supported storage systems and applications.
By fundamentally modernizing many common IT processes, ECX dramatically simplifies copy data management, enabling the automation and orchestration of data copies that can be leveraged across the enterprise and cloud for a variety of value-creating use cases.
Automated Copy Data Management
IT teams can leverage the core policy engine, catalog, and reporting of ECX to dramatically improve IT operations that rely on copies of data, including DR, testing and development, business analytics, local recovery and others. ECX improves operations by using automated service level-based copy policies that are consistent, reliable and easily repeatable. This provides huge OPEX savings. Without ECX, functions that rely heavily on copies are typically managed using a complex mix of scripts, tools, or other products not optimized for copy management. With ECX you have a holistic, simplified approach that greatly reduces cycle time and frees staff to manage more productive projects. Learn more about Copy Data Management.
Next Generation Data Protection and Disaster Recovery
Through its template-based management and orchestration of application-aware copies, ECX becomes a powerful solution for next generation data protection and recovery. You can skip traditional backup completely and move to a snap-and-replicate model that provides near instant protection and rapid recovery. Compared to the slow restores of traditional backup, ECX allows IT to mount and instantly access copies that are already in the production storage environment. ECX catalogs all snapshots and replicas and alerts you if a snap or replication job was missed or failed. Disaster recovery can be fully automated and tested non-disruptively.
Automated Development and Test
The speed and effectiveness of development and test processes are most often limited by the time it takes to provision IT infrastructure. Typical organizations take weeks to deploy infrastructure; even the most efficient can take several days. With Catalogic ECX, dev/test infrastructure can be spun-up in minutes, either on an automated, scheduled basis, or with push-button ease on demand. ECX users have reduced dev/test infrastructure management time by as much as 99%. Learn more about Catalogic and Dev/Test.
More than any other IT workload, databases drive copy creation. Catalogic ECX offers application-aware functionality to work with critical enterprise databases such as Oracle, SQL Server, SAP HANA and InterSystems Caché. Automated log management provides the means for point-in-time restores to any transaction point in-between storage snapshots. Data masking integration offers secure access to data sets that don’t violate compliance regulations. ECX provides a mechanism to create masked snapshot copies ahead of time which can then be provisioned out to as many test or development workstations as needed, dramatically simplifying management. Integrated pre- and post-snapshot scripting allows customization to control the detailed settings and parameters that are unique to every database instance. Learn more about Catalogic and databases.
Leverage Hybrid Cloud Compute
ECX is a powerful enabler of the hybrid cloud, allowing IT to take advantage of cloud compute resources. ECX not only helps you move data to the cloud, it lets you bring up live application environments that can leverage the less expensive, elastic compute infrastructure in the cloud. You can spin up workloads and then spin them back down reliably. This maximizes the economic benefit of the cloud – only using, and paying for, the infrastructure as needed. With ECX, users are seeing a 3-to-1 cost benefit when leveraging the cloud for certain use cases; or said another way, an ROI of over 300%. Learn more about Catalogic and Hybrid Cloud.
Organizations are increasingly moving toward DevOps for faster delivery of new applications to market. What ECX allows the IT team to do – for the first time – is use their existing storage infrastructure to enable DevOps and meet the needs of the development teams for rapid deployment of infrastructure. ECX templates define the policies for infrastructure deployment and the whole system is accessible via the ECX REST API, which is a fundamental requirement for DevOps. With ECX, DevOps teams get “infrastructure as code.” Rather than following legacy processes to requisition IT resources, developers include the infrastructure deployment commands directly within their development systems, such as Chef, Puppet or IBM Bluemix. Pre-defined scripts and plug-ins for popular DevOps tools simplify infrastructure. Learn more about Catalogic and DevOps.
Policy Templates for Automation and Self-Service IT
IT departments spend too much time in mundane, repetitive tasks, such as continually allocating storage resources to internal data consumers. With ECX template-based provisioning and copy management, internal customers can get easy self-service access to request the resources they need, when they need them. ECX templates are pre-defined by the IT team to allow access to specific resources. Users can then access these templates via a self-service portal interface or through API calls.
ECX offers secure multi-tenancy functionality to meet the needs of both managed service providers and larger enterprises that need to delegate resources internally. Individual “tenants” can be created within a single ECX instance, allowing each tenant its own set of resources and the ability to deliver administrative functionality within the tenancy (create users, define jobs, etc.).
Continually Bringing Value via Marketplace
ECX provides a “Marketplace" capability that allows users to rapidly and easily leverage new features and tools from Catalogic as well as ecosystem partners. Users can take advantage of new and expanded capabilities as soon as they are available, and without the need to wait for a new software release. This includes plug-ins and scripts for popular DevOps tools such as Puppet, Chef and IBM Urbancode.
ECX is a simple to deploy software platform that is designed to leverage the existing infrastructure in the IT environment. ECX works directly with hypervisor and enterprise storage APIs to provide the overall orchestration layer that leverages the copy services of the underlying infrastructure resources. Catalogic continually qualifies new hypervisor and storage systems to ensure a smooth deployment experience for our customers. For System Requirements and Compatibility, visit http://doc.catalogicsoftware.com/help/ecx/compat.htm.