ICYMI — Druva at AWS re:Invent 2021

This past week, Druva was a Diamond sponsor at AWS re:Invent, which took place in Las Vegas from November 29 through December 3. Back in person after a year’s hiatus, AWS re:Invent included more than 20,000 attendees, 1,500 technical breakout sessions, a partner expo, training and certifications, and countless keynotes from industry leaders. Over the course of the week, visitors to Druva booth #1341 had firsthand access to a number of our technical experts and solution architects, live demos of our award-winning platform, and theater sessions focused on solutions tied to customer needs, including accelerated ransomware recovery and cloud disaster recovery. Learn more about our exhibition at the event in our recent blog.

We were excited to welcome each and every visitor to the booth, but in case you missed us or weren’t able to attend the conference this year, we thought it would be worthwhile to break down our activities day by day in a series of vlogs recorded at the conference. Read below and watch the video clips to catch up on the biggest news from the conference, and make sure to visit Druva’s virtual booth which will be live for the rest of this week.   

Monday, November 29

In a brief intro, W. Curtis Preston, Druva’s Chief Technical Evangelist, welcomes you to the event. He discusses the safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus and allow attendees to get the most from their re:Invent experience. 

Additionally, AWS today announced its new EBS Snapshot Archive, a simplified high-performance block storage service for EC2 instances. Druva integrates with this new feature and allows us to offer customers significant cost savings across their data protection policies by moving snapshots to lower-cost cold storage tiers, while still maintaining access to business-critical snapshots for point-in-time restore and disaster recovery. 

David Gildea, VP of Product for Druva, breaks down the announcement in the brief video below.

Tuesday, November 30

Day two of the conference kicked off with new AWS CEO Adam Selipsky’s keynote and included several major announcements. In one such announcement, AWS launched Amazon S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval, a new S3 Glacier storage class that delivers low-cost storage for long-lived, rarely accessed data requiring quick retrieval. This new storage class delivers the same latency and performance as S3 Standard and Standard-IA, and is designed for availability and durability by storing data across a minimum of three physically separated AWS availability zones. With instant retrieval, AWS Partner Network (APN) storage solutions, including Druva, can provide a lower-cost storage option for customers requiring immediate access to long-term archive data.

Regarding the announcement, Druva CTO Stephen Manley said: “The Amazon S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class will be a welcome addition to the Druva Data Resiliency Cloud’s auto-storage tiering capabilities and has the potential to bring customers even greater storage efficiency for their archived data with near-instant retrieval. As customers prepare for growing data footprints, reliable and cost-efficient storage options are important to be able to continuously optimize cost.”

In the video clip below, Curtis discusses a few of the day’s other big announcements, including an update for Amazon EC2, hosting a personal 5G network, and others he found especially interesting. Have a look to learn more.

Wednesday, December 1

While day two focused on machine learning, networking, and the like, day three focused on key AWS announcements surrounding databases. Of particular interest is Amazon RDS Custom, allowing customers to make configuration changes to better address their particular needs for Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases. In addition, the announcement of Amazon DynamoDB Infrequent Access (IA) means customers can shift the storage of cold data to IA for storage savings up to 60 percent. Lastly, Curtis discusses Amazon DevOps Guru, an ML-based system to simplify and increase the efficiency of RDS databases. Watch the video to hear Curtis explain each announcement, and importantly, how Druva plays a role.

Next steps

Visit Druva’s re:Invent microsite to further engage with our knowledge base resources, and visit our AWS partner page to explore how Druva integrates seamlessly with AWS to bring customers market-leading cloud data protection.