Protecting the Multi-Cloud Data Center Without Losing Your Mind

Multi-cloud isn’t a future architecture, it is a reality right now. Organizations have on-premises clouds (virtualized infrastructures) and are hosting applications in multiple cloud providers. The problem is the multi-cloud situation these organizations find themselves in is ad-hoc, not part of an overall strategy. Now is the time for IT professionals to make the decision to create a multi-cloud strategy that enables cloud consolidation and to efficiently leverage cloud resources.

A multi-cloud strategy enables organizations to consolidate the number of clouds in use by layering a common data protection application that can move data between clouds, help orchestrate application start up in the destination cloud and resume data protection when it is moved. While there are migration utilities most don’t provide ongoing data protection, and while in theory some backup applications can restore into an alternate cloud, they typically can’t resume protection once there.

HYCU – Delivering Multi-Cloud Data Protection and Workload Mobility

To address these challenges HYCU is continuing to evolve their solutions to address multi-cloud environments. As the company sees, there are as many as five clouds running in most organizations at any point in time. As we’ve covered in previous briefing notes, HYCU is an organization creating purpose-built data protection solutions for specific cloud operating environments. Today their coverage includes VMware, Nutanix Enterprise Cloud and Google Cloud. What makes HYCU different is their software is optimized to run and take specific advantage of what each of these clouds provides. HYCU’s optimization includes making sure the product looks like it was designed to run exclusively on that specific platform. HYCU customers claim the purpose-built approach is far easier for them than the one-size fits all, which is common in other data protection solutions.

Introducing HYCU Protégé

To date, each of HYCU’s data protection platforms ran independently of each other, but Protégé brings them together in a single management GUI. HYCU Protégé, however, is more than just a single-plane of glass. IT professionals can use the solution to provide robust multi-cloud services like lift and shift migrations, disaster recovery and cloud bursting to the organization. In each case HYCU Protégé also adds a final, often missing element to these processes, resumed protection.

Using HYCU Protégé, a “Lift and Shift” operation is essentially a restore from one cloud to another, all driven by HYCU Protégé. The software has the ability to transform applications as they move so that movement is seamless. Disaster Recovery and Cloud Bursting processes are similar and include the orchestration of all the virtual machines the application is dependent on so that it will operate properly in the cloud. The key difference between Lift and Shift and DR/Cloud Bursting is HYCU Protégé will continually update the target copy. Again, in all cases IT can instruct HYCU Protégé to resume data protection natively in the environment in which the application is now running.

Most disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) solutions assume that the source applications are on-premises and that the cloud hosted DR copies will only be used temporarily. HYCU Protégé challenges that assumption. DRaaS can occur not only from on-premises to the cloud but also cloud-to-cloud or even cloud-to-on-premises. Additionally, since HYCU Protégé enables HYCU protection no matter where the application resides, it also opens the possibility of just leaving the application in the cloud instead of having to worry about a fail back.

StorageSwiss Take

Multi-Cloud is a reality and it is something that all vendors are paying attention to. The problem is most solutions are either designed for a single use (migration) or don’t have the requisite data protection components on the target cloud. HYCU Protégé changes the game; it enables HYCU customers to fully take advantage of its multi-cloud capabilities opening up new possibilities in terms of workload mobility and disaster recovery.

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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