Does Google Have a Faster DRaaS Cloud? – Infrascale Briefing Note

All VMs are not created equal. Two VMs running on equivalent hardware could have different performance based on the hypervisor they’re using. And obviously two VMs using the same hypervisor could have different performance based on the underlying hardware. Could it be that Google has the fastest cloud computing platform?

Amazon, Azure, or Google all use a different hypervisor and each of them uses different hardware underneath, so it’s entirely possible that equivalent VMs might have different performance. Consider three VMs, each with four cores, 4 GB of RAM and 50 GB of SSD, and each of which is running on a different cloud computing platform. It should be no surprise that each of these three different VMs might have different performance levels in different areas. One might be computationally faster, where the other might be faster at writing and reading data from the SSD. It might be my storage-centric view of the world, but it is in the storage area where I would expect the greatest performance difference.

In a recent briefing Infrascale discussed their latest announcement that it now offers disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) via the Google cloud computing platform, in addition to already running on AWS and Azure. Infrascale has a solid offering that seems to offer something for everyone. You can start using its service by installing an agent on a machine and backing up to the cloud, installing a virtual appliance in your data center and backing up to it, or purchasing an on premise appliance to be your backup server.

Infrascale can back up most any system, including physical and virtual servers, workstations, laptops and mobile devices. You can then store those backups in AWS, Azure, and now Google. Infrascale allows you to recover the entire machine, an application, or individual folders and files. It guarantees that you can fail over a Windows server, Linux Server, or VMware or Hyper-V VM to the cloud in under 15 minutes. You can then fail back to your primary environment once it is operating the way you expect.

Infrascale is one of the first DRaaS vendors to support all three of the major cloud computing vendors as recovery targets. Therefore, they have a unique perspective to offer. So it was quite interesting to hear them say it has found the Google cloud computing platform to have the best performance of any of the platforms it runs on. Google may not perform the best for every application, but Infrascale tells us that recovered VMs running in the Google cloud perform at near bare-metal speeds (i.e., less than one minute per VM). This is very good news for its customers.

Beyond the technology, Google is looking to leverage Infrascale’s extensive channel to extend the reach and evangelize the benefits of the Google Cloud Platform as being a fast, reliable, and affordable option for compute resources.

StorageSwiss Take

Infrascale continues to deliver on its promise of deploying in any form, backing up any device, and recovering it in any cloud by adding support for the Google cloud platform. Its news about the performance that they experience in Google should come as a wake-up call to the 800 pound cloud gorilla that is AWS. Google clearly has their sights set on Amazon and its aim appears to be true. Things should be interesting over the next few years.

W. Curtis Preston (aka Mr. Backup) is an expert in backup & recovery systems; a space he has been working in since 1993. He has written three books on the subject, Backup & Recovery, Using SANs and NAS, and Unix Backup & Recovery. Mr. Preston is a writer and has spoken at hundreds of seminars and conferences around the world. Preston’s mission is to arm today’s IT managers with truly unbiased information about today’s storage industry and its products.

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