By Chris Wahl, Chief Technologist, Rubrik
For IT professionals and business executives alike, the question no longer is, “Should we begin moving to the cloud?” In fact, moving to the cloud is now a given, due to the many economic and operational benefits of cloud computing. Instead, the focus has shifted to how, when, and where to move key applications and workloads to the cloud—and how to do so reliably, safely, and efficiently.
Market data bears out the swelling demand for cloud computing, which is expected to exceed $270 billion in global revenues by 2020, representing a compound annual growth rate of 30%. According to IDC, more than 90% of IT organizations will be committed to hybrid cloud architectures by the end of 2018. Research indicates that most companies now run a majority of their workloads in the cloud, and that cloud users are running applications in an average of 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private clouds.
But while migrating to the cloud is both desirable and increasingly inevitable, that doesn’t mean it’s always a smooth ride for enterprises. Many organizations struggle with such challenges as: ensuring reliable backup; achieving fast recovery point (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs); obtaining adequate performance in the event of a recovery; and archiving efficiently, especially in a highly scalable environment.
Rather than slog through the process of cloud migration with already-stretched IT teams, tight budgets and limited cloud experience, many organizations are teaming with technology leaders that simplify the transition to the cloud.
What Do Organizations Need to Support a Move to the Cloud?
As enterprises shift data and applications to the cloud, they are looking to technology partners to provide an easy entry point into cloud services. They require technology solutions to deliver scalable and efficient capabilities that allow them to manage all of their applications and data no matter where they reside (on-premises, at the edge, and in the cloud).
Enterprises need platforms that provide a cloud-native approach to managing the lifecycle of data, from creation to expiration, to drive better performance and operational continuity at lower costs. Technology partners should help bridge the gap between owned, on-premises infrastructure, and the cloud by decoupling data from the data center through a software-defined fabric. A comprehensive data management solution provides core data protection capabilities (backup, disaster recovery, archiving) to maintain instant data accessibility through disasters, data loss, service outages, etc. and is delivered through instant access, automated orchestration, and enterprise-class data protection and resiliency.
Next generation cloud data management solutions should provide freedom of choice and allow enterprises to avoid vendor lock in with a single cloud solution provider. Organizations should have the ability to leverage and freely move between Commercial Clouds; Federal Clouds (MilCloud2.0, Amazon AWS GovCloud / C2S, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Cloud); and Private Cloud object storage.
Core Capabilities for Cloud Data Management Solutions
Delivering data protection and management for cloud requires a modern approach to accommodate the shift to service consumption, automation of service delivery, and development of modular, scale-out applications.
Key elements of a modern cloud data management strategy should include the following principles:
- Instant Access: Enable predictive global search and delivers instant application recovery by unifying data locked within disparate application silos into one globally indexed namespace while leveraging zero-byte cloning technology to enable on-demand copy data workflows.
- Automated Orchestration: Reduce daily operational management, providing a step function change in simplicity by enabling a single policy engine to orchestrate service level agreements (SLAs) across the entire data lifecycle. The interface should automate how data services are created, consumed, and retired across clouds.
- Security and Compliance: Ensure data is secure whether in-flight or at-rest throughout its lifecycle, regardless of location. The platform should deliver granular role-based access control across all cloud data management workflows while providing automated compliance reporting to successfully complete various industry and internal audits.
- Cloud-scale Data Efficiency & Resiliency: Maximize storage efficiency with global deduplication that scales in line with your cloud-based cluster. Utilize erasure coding to provide resiliency and fault tolerance while minimizing capacity overhead.
- Swift Recovery: Deliver rapid recoveries for your file, folders, file sets, application and database instances in the cloud.
- Customized Analytics: Rubrik Envision delivers real-time platform insights on data management, compliance, and capacity planning across your entire cloud environment. Get actionable insights from data visualization.
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