Many technology companies talk a good game about providing their customers with choice, but few actually deliver on it. Public, private and hybrid cloud backup solution provider, Infrascale’s offering was built from the ground up with customer choice and hybrid cloud or cloud-connected appliance flexibility in mind.
All-In-One Hybrid Cloud Backup
At first glance, Infrascale appears to be yet another company joining the fray of vendors competing in the cloud backup and disaster recovery appliance market. But there is something decidedly different about this offering when one takes a closer look. Sold as a physical or a virtual appliance, Infrascale’s backup platform gives IT environments the ability to backup physical and virtual servers as well as desktops/laptops and mobile devices. In short, it gives organizations the ability to backup any machine or device, in any locale, and protect it in a centralized data center and/or in the cloud. As Infrascale’s CEO Ken Shaw put it, “If it’s got data, we can back it up”.
Infrascale’s solution can be used in three different ways. As a disk-to-disk (D2D) backup solution for onsite backups only, or it can backup data on primary storage directly to the cloud (D2C), or it can perform a combination of both, disk-to-disk backup onsite with offsite backup to the cloud (D2D2C). The appliance’s de-duplication and compression capabilities reduces data for efficient local backup storage retention and it reduces data payloads when backup data is replicated into the cloud.
Hybrid Cloud Choice
IT organizations can use the fully branded Infrascale solution – physical Infrascale appliance(s) that backs up local data and transmits it offsite directly to Infrascale’s backup cloud, or they can deploy a virtual edition of the appliance on their own hardware and replicate data to a 3rd party cloud provider like Amazon Web Services. Likewise, businesses can choose to replicate data within their own private cloud.
This may be welcome news for those organizations that are looking for a single way to protect all of their critical data regardless of the underlying operating system, whether it’s a physical or virtual machine or if it’s an end-user iOS or Android device that’s actively using file sharing services. After all, with backup volumes seemingly spiraling out of control, the simplicity and elegance of managing a single, all-encompassing data protection solution holds strong appeal for many overworked IT professionals. In a nutshell this is how Infrascale is going to market with their infrastructure-and cloud-agnostic backup offering.
Turnkey Data Protection
Infrascale focuses their efforts in the mid-market data center space, which Shaw classifies as those companies with up to 1,000 employees. It is here that Infrascale is butting heads with the Veeams, Unitrends and Dattos of the IT backup world, to name a few. Shaw states that by giving businesses a comprehensive backup solution that provides the ability to protect data onsite and offsite in Infrascale’s cloud, his organization is providing a total backup platform. Customers can also choose to use other cloud providers like AWS or Azure or they can maintain backup data within their own private cloud environment. In other words, end-users won’t have to be burdened with integrating piece parts from several different vendors to achieve the backup recovery service levels they require to protect disparate data spread across the enterprise.
Storage Swiss Take
Infrascale’s offering seems to make a lot of sense, particularly for those businesses that don’t have the inclination to try and sort out all the various hardware and software components they need in order to build a hybrid cloud backup environment. Infrascale is making backup-as-a-service easy for businesses to consume with their simple, cloud based backup monthly service offering. For example, unlike other vendors which charge for virtual machine data protection by the socket, Infrascale charges on a per-server basis – $99 per server and $129 per TB. This is inclusive of all the cloud storage required for offsite protection.