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DMaaS: Druva CloudRanger & Building the Bridge to the Cloud

Companies increasing their adoption of the cloud need a unified data management system for both datacenter and cloud data. They need to know they can migrate an application to the cloud and continue to have its data protected and managed as well as it was onsite.

If they migrate workloads to VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC), native AWS, or even their data to a SaaS offering like Office365 or GSuite, they should know they are protected against accidental or malicious damage, that it can be made available in a disaster, and it can also respond to needs like legal hold and eDiscovery requests. This is possible only with a unified data management product.

It is towards this end that Druva recently extended its Data Management as a Service (DMaaS) offering by acquiring CloudRanger, which offers simplified backup and disaster recovery for the AWS cloud. The Druva Cloud Platform already protects data centers, remote offices, laptops, mobile devices, and SaaS offerings. Now Druva customers will be able to centrally schedule backups of EC2, EBS, RDS, and Redshift workloads, as well as perform automated DR of the same workloads.

Druva customers will be able to configure things so that workloads will be automatically protected no matter where they are – all centrally managed via a single console. Druva customers can already move a workload from their on-premises VMware environment to VMC and have it be automatically detected and protected when it shows up on VMC.

Now customers will be able to do the same thing if they move a workload into an AWS AMI. Customers can create multiple backup profiles using tags, and workloads will be matched to their backup profile via those tags, including (optionally) a default profile that is used when a more specific profile is not found. CloudRanger also interfaces with Windows VSS to provide application consistent backups of Windows workloads. Without this feature, backups would only be crash-consistent, which can be quite problematic when recovering structured data applications.

Customers can use multiple Amazon accounts and have them all protected via a single configuration, or use multiple accounts or regions as a way of providing additional protection for their main account. CloudRanger can provide DR for an AMI image in the same account or region, or in a different account or region, as well as provide file level recovery from those AMIs – providing the customer with ultimate recovery flexibility. Finally, customers can automatically test their DR setup on a regular basis.

This means that a Druva customer can configure things in such a way that a workload is automatically protected no matter where it goes. This gives them the ultimate in flexibility as they continue their migration to the cloud. Customers can choose the right platform for their workload, beit datacenter, VMC, or AWS, without worrying about their data. Now you can manage your workloads while Druva manages your data.


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