Most organizations already use general-purpose clouds in some form. Microsoft represents one such cloud provider that has taken a market leading position in providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. Its IaaS offering, Microsoft Azure, now represents one of the top three general-purpose clouds while Microsoft 365 may well be the #1 SaaS offering used by organizations worldwide. Yet as enterprises utilize these cloud offerings, they still must protect the applications and/or data they host in these Microsoft clouds.
Nasuni recently hosted Nasuni CloudBound22, a two-day virtual conference. This article summarizes key takeaways from the event.
Perhaps nothing dominated the conversation at this year’s VMware Explore more than Broadcom’s pending acquisition of VMware. Whether I spoke with other analysts or end-users and vendors on the show floor, the topic inevitably came up. In almost every case, they expressed concerns about the counterproductive actions that Broadcom may take that would derail VMware’s future.
Many data protection and data storage providers highlight and promote their products’ hybrid cloud capabilities. However, their products continue to evolve to deliver more robust cloud functionality. As they do, the term ‘hybrid cloud’ fails to fully capture their increased functionality. Many have become hybrid multi-cloud offerings that manage, support, and work across multiple different providers’ clouds.
In order for organizations to get the benefits of both cloud and on-premises data centers, more implement a hybrid data center. Running their workloads in one or the other or both gives them the choice they seek. In addition to these practical reasons, recent events and trends have reinforced the move to a hybrid data center. However, when adopting a hybrid data center, organizations must examine how well operations such as backup work in it.
Many enterprises struggle with managing expanding volumes of unstructured data throughout the organization. Storing, protecting, and securing this data creates challenges around cost, complexity, and scalability. Cloud-based NAS consolidation offers a solution for providing fast, flexible, usable access to all of an organization’s file data for all of its end users. DCIG ranks Nasuni as a TOP 5 solution for the cloud-based NAS consolidation use-case.
All organizations need to face an unpleasant truth: It is not a question of “If” they will experience a ransomware attack; it is a matter of “When.” While cybersecurity software serves as a first-line defense against ransomware, IT leaders recognize cybersecurity software alone does not thwart all ransomware attacks. And as an assumption an attack may succeed, these leaders also recognize they must protect their production and backup data. Immutable storage can help.
If you already use cloud storage to store some or all your archival or backup data, you are in good company. A recent survey of nearly 600 companies found that over 80 percent of them already use the cloud. This potentially creates a new challenge. They find their cloud storage needs change and they must migrate their data from one cloud to another. When this infrequent situation arises, they will find four cloud-to-cloud data migration options available to them.
All enterprises contain multiple applications, databases, operating systems, hypervisors, and data types in their data centers. As such, enterprises minimally expect any modern backup software solution to protect those items. However, protecting them only scratches the surface of the needs that enterprises expect modern backup software solutions to meet.
DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DCIG TOP 5 Enterprise Cloud-based NAS Consolidation Solutions report. This report provides guidance on TOP 5 solutions organizations should consider for cloud-based NAS consolidation.