Digital transformation initiatives are critical components to executing an organization’s strategic vision. This starts with extending your on-premises infrastructure to the cloud (hybrid IT) and leveraging new services and tools from both public cloud and SaaS providers to continue on your strategy. If you’re on this path, you’re embracing or considering a multi-cloud strategy or what our partners like Nutanix call a hybrid, multi-cloud strategy.
And, you’re not alone. Over “92% of enterprises are considering a multi-cloud strategy for their digital transformation” as noted in Flexera’s 2021 State of the Cloud Report (the 10th annual report).
Extending both your data and infrastructure into multiple clouds creates both benefits and risks. The challenge for organizations is how to accelerate these initiatives without creating unnecessary risk.
Today, both Druva and Nutanix are focused on helping organizations accelerate their hybrid, multi-cloud journeys with confidence and speed. What are the top three challenges customers face in their hybrid or multi-cloud journey? In the 4th annual Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Index Report, customers cited “managing security (49%), data integration (49%), and cost (43%) across cloud borders as their top multi-cloud challenges.”
Gartner recorded similar challenges in its 2021 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Backup and Software Solutions, where Druva appears as a visionary, “The move toward public cloud, heightened concerns over ransomware, and complexities associated with backup and data management are forcing I&O leaders to re-architect their backup infrastructure and explore alternative solutions.”
For Nutanix customers, our recent release of cloud backup for Nutanix AHV and Clusters on AWS is an illustration of how Druva can provide dramatically simple, secure, and efficient cloud data protection for Nutanix infrastructure and applications. To understand why this matters, let’s dig deeper into those three challenges.
Security has always been a top priority of IT teams and tools like Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) and Security Information Event Managers (SIEMs) have been around for years. So what’s different today with multi-cloud initiatives, or put another way, what’s missing? Data protection is the missing element, or what I like to call the other side of the equation when moving infrastructure, services, and applications to the cloud. Many customers are changing how they manage their data and applications by adopting a zero-trust approach to security and assuming that a security breach will occur, be it from an insider or outsider, sometime in the future. Does your current data protection solution provide the resilience and availability required for rapid recovery? To be sure, you need multi-layered protection of your backup environment for:
- Data integrity and availability
- Operational security
- Accelerated recovery
Achieving this with traditional, on-premises backup infrastructure is challenging and expensive, especially as you move to the cloud.
Complexity and silos of data
Operational complexity and silos of data arise as organizations grow and evolve. They become immediately apparent as you begin to move to the cloud. Enterprises have silos of backup data across locations (data centers, remote offices, and offsite locations) and application stacks. As you adopt one or more clouds, you’ll accrue another silo. Many customers have as many as seven different backup vendors or solutions in use. Consider the following questions while beginning your cloud transition:
- Does my team have the skills to continue to deploy, manage, and upgrade my distributed backup infrastructure as I move to one or more clouds?
- Which of my teams ensures the operational security of my backup infrastructure in the cloud?
As you move towards multi-cloud, the answer to these questions is usually “No,” or if it’s “Yes,” your inside voice is probably saying “but, we’d like to find a better way.”
As you consider the cost of protecting data in a hybrid or a multi-cloud environment, you’ll have the same three categories you had on-premises:
- Licensing costs (software, hardware)
- Infrastructure costs (servers, storage, appliances, networking )
- Management costs (your team’s time)
Your current backup software might enable you to run another instance in AWS at no charge, but you’ll need to account for the compute (EC2), storage (EBS), and management costs of this new cloud instance. Unfortunately, predicting and understanding these costs is not as easy, especially 12 months after implementation or when a critical resource leaves your organization. Your eventual cost will be based on how many of the cloud vendor’s services you end up using. It may include VM and storage charges, GETs and PUTs from/to object storage, as well as egress charges if you perform any restores.
A new, simpler approach
Alternatively, you could consider data protection as-a-service, such as that offered by Druva. Do you want to continue the challenge of managing your backup infrastructure, storage, and security across on-premises and cloud environments, or could you accrue greater benefits with a new, simpler approach?
Imagine if the cost to protect your Nutanix environment, both on premises and in the cloud, was based on one simple metric (storage consumption)? Better yet, that storage consumption occurs in one place only, the Druva Data Resiliency Cloud, eliminating silos and enabling greater efficiency. There are no hidden, put, or egress fees for backup and recovery between your data center and the Druva cloud. And finally, what if pricing wasn’t a secret, but on a website and easy to understand? With a quick look, determine your data growth trend and predict your future cost. It’s a breath of fresh air and a significant shift from anything else in the market today.
Go deeper on this topic with W. Curtis Preston, author and Druva Chief Technology Evangelist, “Lift-and-shift vs cloud native: The cost of your data backup service matters.”
We’re excited about the future of hybrid, multi-cloud for both Nutanix and Druva customers. The Nutanix Cloud Platform unifies multi-cloud management and simplifies the migration of applications and data. Similarly, Druva is unique in its ability to unify the protection of Nutanix infrastructure and applications on-premises and in Nutanix Clusters on AWS with no additional software, hardware, or management. As a former product leader at Nutanix now working at Druva, I know both companies have taken revolutionary approaches to simplify and improve the experience of customers as they move on their cloud journey.
Learn more about what Druva can do for your Nutanix environment here.