Catalogic Snapshot and Replication Automation for Pure Storage FlashArray Systems

Pure Storage LogoCatalogic ECX in-place copy data management (CDM) for Pure Storage simplifies and automates operation of your Pure Storage FlashArray infrastructure through comprehensive management of Pure Storage FlashRecover snapshots, replication and clones, without the need for any scripting.  By providing an application- and VM-aware copy management software layer, ECX reduces copy sprawl, simplifies data protection and disaster recovery, and delivers value-adding use cases such as automated copy deployment for Dev-Test, DevOps, reporting, etc.

Catalogic’s in-place approach to Pure Storage snapshot management has significant advantages over alternatives in that it requires no additional infrastructure for the user to purchase and manage, and leverages the existing Pure Storage production environment rather than requiring the creation of a fully redundant environment for the copies of the production data.

ECX is licensed per storage array, with no additional costs for number of users, databases, amount of storage, etc. Licensing can be perpetual or by subscription. A free 90-day trial version is available for testing.

Pure Storage Demo Videos

Watch demonstration videos focused on specific application and file use cases, including SQL Server, Oracle, SAP HANA, InterSystems Caché with Epic EHR and more.

Comprehensive support for all Pure Storage FlashArray systems

Catalogic ECX comprehensively supports the full line of Pure Storage FlashArray systems, including the //X10, //X20, //X50, //X70 and //X90, as well as the earlier //M series arrays. Because ECX makes use of the Pure Storage FlashRecover copy engine, it takes full advantage of the exceptional FlashReduce data reduction features of the Pure Storage array. Pure Storage snapshot copies and replicas created by ECX are automatically space efficient and high performance, without the need for any system tuning.

Application-aware Protection and Recovery Using Pure Storage Snapshots

Using a policy-based, SLA driven model, ECX automates data protection and disaster recovery for Pure Storage FlashArray without any need for scripting. ECX provides application-aware snapshot and replication scheduling, copy retention, copy delivery and copy clean-up. Application support is provided for Oracle, MS SQL Server, SAP HANA and InterSystems Caché for Epic Electronic Health Record, on both physical and virtual hosts.

ECX provides push-button recovery at both the data level and the system level. Data level recovery provides mounting and mapping read/write snapshots to systems over iSCSI or FC. (Oracle users can drive ECX data recovery via RMAN.) System recovery spins up a full recovery stack – including storage, networking and compute – of one or more systems in a pre-defined recovery sequence. No more messy runbooks or complex recovery scripts!

Application-aware protection eliminates the need for database recovery processing. Integrated log management offers point-in-time recovery for Oracle and MS SQL Server databases.

ECX catalogs all snapshots and replicas for rapid discovery when required, and alerts you if a snap or replication job was missed or failed via automated SLA reporting that provides a comprehensive view of protection levels.  

Automated Dev-Test and DevOps Copies for Pure Storage FlashArray

The speed and effectiveness of development and test processes are most often limited by the time it takes to provision IT infrastructure, especially for large objects like Oracle or SQL Server databases. Typical organizations take weeks to deploy infrastructure; even the most efficient can take several days. With Catalogic ECX and Pure Storage, Dev-Test or DevOps 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 delivery time by as much as 99%.

Test operations can use Pure Storage snapshots on production arrays with no impact to performance. If array separation is preferred, Catalogic can drive array-to-array replication and bring up test environments on the secondary system.

IT staff workloads can be further reduced by using Catalogic to deliver a user self-service portal. Development teams, testers, QA and others can request and provision their own copies of data without IT intervention, but always within usage boundaries set by IT. Databases can be modified automatically upon delivery, with changes made to database names, mountpoints and other database attributes, thereby further speeding database development by providing ready-to-use copies.

Because all ECX functions are accessible via a documented REST API interface, developers can integrate ECX infrastructure automation with popular DevOps tools such as Puppet, Chef, Jenkins, etc. Pre-defined integration scripts and plug-ins make it easy for developers to spin up full stack infrastructure via a few simple lines of code. In this way, DevOps teams using Pure Storage have the same agility as those running in the cloud but are able to use vital system-of-record data in their development processes.

IT Present and Future: A #CUBEConversation with Pure Storage and Catalogic Software

In this wide-ranging discussion, Vaughn Stewart, VP of Technology at Pure Storage, and Prashant Jagannathan, Technical Director at Catalogic Software, sit down with John Furrier of The Cube to cover IT both now and where it’s going in the future. As Stewart notes, Catalogic "fills a huge gap in the market" and allows users to accelerate their copy operations for use cases such as enhanced data protection, faster and more efficient software dev-test, and easier movement to cloud-like functionality in the data center.