Outsourced Backup and Data Protection Transformation

Ninety percent of outsourced data center operations customers reserve the right to design the architecture of the service they procure. Today many outsourced clients are tackling the data protection environment to ensure improvements in quality of service at a lower cost. This is problematic for the outsourcing partner as much of their economics is based upon long-term use of capitalized data center investments (servers, software licenses, and storage).

Working with IBM Strategic Outsourcing (SO), Cobalt Iron has been able to transform existing SO accounts to ADP software while transitioning the infrastructure to a combination of common off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and cloud resources.

Example of ADP v3.2 Benefits for a F500 Healthcare Company

Cobalt Iron ADP v3.2 Provides

  • Self-service model via ADP business intelligence, our web interface with the capability for a centralized management layer to assist on an as-needed basis
  • Elimination of tape management complexity and costs
  • Client automation for simplified and consistent client deployment and upgrades
  • Analytics-driven reporting for business and IT insights into data protection
  • Global policy management for centralized policy control of protected data
  • Comprehensive options for internal show-back, internal charge-back and customer billing
  • Continuous monitoring of the instrumented solution and environment management
  • Automatic updates
  • Accelerator model for faster deployment and consistent operations

Data Security

  • Encryption of data at rest
  • Encryption of data in transit between the host and storage protocol and data nodes
  • SOX/HIPPA/PHI compliance and reporting
  • Compartmentalization of data and network traffic per application
  • Anti-virus integration for file and object protocols
  • Role based administration and access model including Active Directory support


  • Small data center footprint with low energy and heat requirements
  • A low acquisition, installation and maintenance cost model
  • Simplified licensing model with no upcharges for listed features
  • Data reduction technologies (compression, de-duplication, thin/over provisioning)
  • Available utility purchasing model supporting just-in-time (JIT) incremental growth
  • Available vendor support model supporting scale-out automated infrastructure

Data Protection

  • Meet compliance requirements for multi-site data locality
  • Support real-time external site failover for continuous availability
  • Disaster resiliency (geo-dispersed replication)
  • Integrated backup and restore services that simplify recovery time objective (RTO) ) recovery point objective (RPO) standards
  • Space-efficient point-in-time backups (snapshots) of individual applications
  • Ability to restore multi-server application environments to a consistent point in time
  • Fast single device and shelf rebuild times (less than 15 minutes)


  • Scalability to exabyte range and beyond
  • Agent-only remote location support for single machines across VPN and internet
  • A high level of service stability and availability (5+ engineered 9s)
  • Support for application geolocality
  • Maintain latency SLAs at a wide range of IOP and throughput levels
  • Support the immediate and online migration of VMs, containers and applications across geographic and security boundaries
  • Accountable reporting of storage and network data use and growth (capacity/performance)
  • Capacity management services integrated with set thresholds and metrics


  • Monitoring
  • Management
  • Updates
  • Upgrades
  • Reports
  • Patches
  • Security fixes
  • Maintenance
  • Best practices