In the first installment of this six-part series of Druva blogs, we discussed “Why enterprises are turning to the cloud for data protection” and the savings, scalability, security, and simplicity inherent to cloud-native solutions. Here, in our second blog of the Cloud Data Protection series, we’ll review the different architectures you may encounter as you look at data protection offerings.
Moving essential business processes like data protection to the cloud is, according to Gartner, inevitable. Indeed, they assert that “By 2020, anything other than a cloud-only strategy for new IT initiatives will require justification at more than 30% of large-enterprise organizations.” Since the cloud is so flexible, in addition to an all-in, cloud-only strategy, you can configure cloud data protection in a number of ways to meet your enterprise’s unique needs.
The most popular setups for enterprise data protection are:
- Hybrid cloud — This configuration uses on-premises infrastructure and software for recent backups and the cloud for long-term archiving. The typical difference between this and a fully on-premises approach is that instead of generating tape or disk archives and storing them in on – or offsite facilities, backup data is replicated to the cloud. The internal IT group is responsible for managing and performing all data protection tasks. The group is also responsible for setting up disaster recovery and data management (in terms of enabling analytics/eDiscovery) systems.
- Cloud enabled — This approach simply moves traditional on-premises apps and storage to a virtual machine running in the cloud. Companies gain the security and availability benefits of the cloud while eliminating some on-premises infrastructure. IT remains responsible for managing and performing all data protection tasks, and overhead costs are the same as with an on-premises or hybrid solution.
- Cloud-native — A cloud-native approach is built from the ground up to leverage the full benefits of cloud computing. Technically, this means the app is a microservice packaged in containers and managed on cloud infrastructure. In practical terms, cloud data protection is optimized for performance and scalability. With this approach, data can be unified from all enterprise data sources so that beyond enabling backups, it is available for analytics, eDiscovery, and other uses.
This approach offers the best cost optimization opportunities, as cloud resources are only consumed as needed for data protection tasks. IT overhead is reduced as the management tasks are shifted to the data protection provider, as is the maintenance of the cloud infrastructure.
However you choose to deploy your data protection solution, Druva is a flexible, cloud-native solution that works with both hybrid and cloud-only architectures. Druva offers cloud backup and disaster recovery across endpoints, data center, and cloud workloads — without requiring any dedicated hardware, software, or skilled resources. Druva Cloud Platform is built on AWS, making it secure, infinitely scalable, and globally accessible.
If you missed our previous blog, check out “Why enterprises are turning to the cloud for data protection.” Stay tuned for the next installment in our series!
1Gartner, Cloud Strategy Leadership