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7 ways Druva simplifies VMware hybrid cloud data protection

June 30, 2020 Ashley Frizzell, Partner Marketing Manager

Organizations in every industry recognize that applications and data managed internally is complicated, time-intensive, and expensive. In response, companies have been migrating workloads to the cloud in an effort to reduce costs, increase IT efficiency, and seamlessly scale infrastructure. Migrating new workloads to the cloud is simple; however, existing workloads attached to systems of record are more complicated to migrate over because of the different infrastructure that exists on-premises versus in the cloud.

VMware Cloud on AWS solves the infrastructure dilemma with full operational consistency between software-defined data centers (SDDCs) that exist both on-premises and in the cloud. But even though your infrastructure problem is solved, the data protection you need for these VMware hybrid cloud workloads remains costly and time-intensive.

To protect this data wherever it lives, you need a VMware data protection solution that enables your organization to accelerate growth and make better business decisions with a simple and reliable data protection and management platform. Here are seven ways Druva’s SaaS solution delivers next-generation data protection to help you protect all VM workloads.

  1. vCenter integration
    Installing an agentless proxy into your VMware environment allows Druva to auto-discover virtual machines and configure change block tracking, guest processing, and data backup. By integrating with vCenter APIs, administrators can define virtual machine groups, data retention timeframes, and recovery time and point objectives from a single management console.
  2. Distributed data, centralized data protection
    Druva manages backups and restores across on-premises data centers running on VMware as well as VMware Cloud environments, aggregating these data sources with others such as network attached storage (NAS), endpoints, smart devices, and SaaS applications into a single data lake. This single data source improves data visibility to expedite complex functions such as disaster recovery and eDiscovery.
  3. Dynamic scaling
    As your VMware hybrid cloud infrastructure dynamically scales compute, network, and storage infrastructure to fit the needs of your business, Druva transparently scales on-demand to match your backup footprint. Druva’s 100% cloud-native solution built on AWS protects workloads from just a few terabytes to tens of petabytes. And because Druva leverages AWS microservices for your backup data storage, you’ll only pay for what you use — so if you end up scaling back down your VM workloads you’ll immediately receive those cost savings.
  4. Optimized data storage
    Druva’s patented source deduplication enables faster backups and restores by reducing data volume being backed up, which in turn reduces network utilization. This process globally chunks new or changed data blocks, runs it through SHA-1, then completes a hash lookup to identify if the data is unique. Plus, as stated above, you’ll only pay for storage consumed (which is post-dedupe) — one of our customers, RelyOn Nutec, saw a 62x deduplication ratio, enabling them to backup 40% more servers than originally planned.
  5. Security
    Druva encrypts data both in-flight and at rest with a session-only key algorithm modeled on digital envelope encryption. At no time is data unencrypted, transferred, or accessible outside of your active cloud session. And with global source deduplication, Druva’s data protection for VMware hybrid cloud provides an additional layer of security by sharding, scrambling, and storing unique data blocks in a way that makes it impossible for anyone to decrypt and reassemble without authenticated customer credentials.
  6. Automated disaster recovery
    Druva simplifies disaster recovery of VMware and VMware Cloud on AWS workloads with single-click failover and data restore into a customer-owned Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) in under 30 minutes. This is perfect for instances when restoring to the original source location is not possible, such as disaster recovery, or for testing and development, or workload mobility use cases. Customers can recover on-premises (failback) or in the cloud (failover) across any AWS region/account.
  7. Data retention that’s radically simple
    Druva helps decrease your VM backup storage costs, even as data volumes are growing exponentially (IDC estimates that enterprises will build an astonishing 500 million new apps over the next four years1). When configuring your VM backup policies, it’s easy to set up automated long-term retention with Druva. Simply identify the workloads to target for long-term storage and Druva will automate the rest by first holding said data in Amazon S3 warm storage for 15 days, then parsing the data into 10+ Mbyte chunks and moving it into Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive cold storage. If you need to restore any backup, simply select the data to defrost and Druva will move it back into Amazon S3. Any cost efficiencies attained by storing data in colder Amazon storage tiers (typically up to 30% savings) are passed on to the customer.

Druva and VMware work together to help enterprises experience the benefits of the cloud’s speed and flexibility. VMware’s hybrid cloud delivers infrastructure and processes familiar to IT, reducing the complexity of moving existing applications to the cloud while remaining in control.  Druva harmonizes with this strategy by centralizing VMware data protection across multiple geographies into a single data source to simplify VMware hybrid cloud data protection.

Learn more about Druva and VMware by downloading this tech brief.

1 IDC FutureScape: Worldwide IT Industry 2019 Predictions, Doc # US44403818, October 2018