File-based workloads are at the heart of innovation and of collaborative workflows. On Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time, DCIG Lead Analyst for Storage, Ken Clipperton will compare Nasuni Cloud File Storage and NetApp Cloud File Services for next-generation cloud file storage.
DCIG is pleased to announce the immediate availability of its inaugural TOP 5 report on Microsoft Azure Cloud Backup Solutions. This TOP 5 report provides organizations guidance on the best backup solutions for backing up and recovering applications and data hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
Using lift-and-shift, organizations harness the power of the cloud to optimize applications once they host them there. Unfortunately, this methodology may break down when one considers moving backup software to the cloud. The backup software will almost certainly still work if moved to the cloud. However, organizations need to ask how easily, efficiently, and effectively will it perform backups once in the cloud? The answer to that question often necessitates that organizations select cloud backup software that uses a cloud native architecture.
Application owners primarily want control over their recoveries for one reason. They lack confidence in the ability of central backup administrators to successfully perform them. This lack of confidence explains why some backup solutions give users the flexibility within their tool to perform this task. However, as organizations increasingly adopt cloud infrastructures, expect to see recovery management become a task they can administer centrally.
During these uncertain times, everyone wants some certainty. They want certainty they stay healthy, do not contract the corona virus, and that this economic shutdown will end sooner than later. Hopefully, we addres these concerns very soon. Thankfully, in other areas, enterprises can experience a higher degree of certainty about a successful outcome. In the backup arena, enterprises that need a viable backup solution for their Microsoft Azure VMs may now turn to HYCU for Azure.
Unexpected cost and complexity top the list of unexpected outcomes when it comes to storing and managing data in the cloud. Many organizations end up storing far more data in the cloud than they initially anticipated. This leads to unexpected, recurring cost overruns that may grow month after month resulting in organizations far exceeding their annual cloud budgets. Moving data within and out of the cloud represent some of these hidden, unexpected costs that organizations do not always anticipate.
Backing up applications and data in general-purpose clouds present a new challenge that many backup solutions remain ill-equipped to handle. They often have not yet matured to capitalize on the specific administrative and data protection features that these clouds offer.
The “newer” the cloud, the more likely organizations will encounter this issue. If using Amazon Web Services (AWS), organizations may be less likely to encounter this challenge. Multiple backup products support backing up VMs in AWS and can leverage AWS’s available features.
Pure Storage’s most notable announcement at its 2019 Accelerate conference concerns its new Cloud Block Store offering. On the surface, this may look like a “me-too” offering. It is anything but. Rather, it represents a “me-first” moment for Pure Storage. Cloud Block Store creates a new benchmark for measuring how vendors deliver their storage volumes in the cloud.
DRaaS (disaster-recovery-as-a-service) in the cloud continues to gain traction among organizations as an idea whose time has come. Adopting this technique, organizations can recover their data in the cloud should a disaster of any magnitude occurs. However, read the fine print as the recovery options that a DRaaS provider offers can take many forms. An organization must verify that the DRaaS vendor it selects delivers the type of recovery experience that it expects.
Everyone attending VMworld last week no doubt saw the slogan “Make Your Mark” predominantly displayed everywhere. Whether it was in the Moscone Center, the San Francisco airport or the highways and byways leading to downtown San Francisco, VMware sought to make an impression on attendees. Having now left VMworld 2019, perhaps the most indelible mark that VMware left on me and other attendees was its intentions to make Kubernetes a center piece in its future offerings.