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What’s the Secret to Success in Cloud?

November 22, 2019 Stephen Manley, Chief Technologist

Let’s play a game of word association. If I say, “Cloud”, “Backup”, and “Data Analytics”, what pops into your mind?

If you beamed and called out, “Already there”, “Painful and expensive”, and “Oh, yes!”, you’re probably in a line of business.

If you winced and muttered, “Risky”, “Painful but necessary”, and “Buzzword bingo!”, you’re probably in IT.

Aside from jointly cursing the “pain” of backups, business and IT are more divided than ever. We’ve failed to bridge this chasm with new technology (flash, virtualization) or buzzwords (data lakes, private cloud). Like many of you, I’ve spent twenty years trying to close the rift with faster technology (deduplication), smarter products (snapshots), or different solutions (data analytics). Finally, I realized that technology alone will never be enough.

To unite business and IT, we need new technology in a new model. Once I embraced the SaaS model, everything else fell into place.

 

Cloud changed the environment

Cloud is the industry-defining shift of our generation. It inexorably rolls out technical innovation (e.g object storage, serverless computing), democratizes cutting-edge technology (e.g. AI/ML, Kubernetes), and operates at a scale none of us ever imagined.

The result is that cloud changes the model of how we consume technology. Pay for what you need, when you need it. Developers can get virtually anything on-demand – compute, storage, databases, and more.

What could possibly go wrong with a horde of developers doing whatever they want?

The map to cloud

Cloud is powerful, but the risks are real. While developers complain that IT only knows two answers, “No” and “Not yet”, there’s a reason. Developers who blaze their own cloud trail fall victim to security breaches, application outages, and heart-stopping cost overruns.

I spent years talking to organizations about their cloud journey. Why did some glide from success to success, while others slogged through an endless cycle of failure?

Successful cloud teams follow three steps.

Step 1: Get quick wins

Build cloud credibility with the business and the developers.

Step 2: Enable others to move faster

Add value that helps the developers move even faster in cloud.

Step 3: Keep adding value

Automate what you’ve done and move on to the next thing.

SaaS – the road to cloud

Just like the customers I met, I recognized that my future in technology required a pivot to the cloud. After years of failed attempts, I learned that cloud success required more than just the three general steps.

As I revisited the thriving customers, I unlocked their secret:

Successful organizations embrace the SaaS model. 

Even more, I saw that SaaS ties cloud, backup, and data analytics together.

Step 1: Get quick wins – SaaS backup

SaaS backup is the ultimate quick win because you can:

  • Minimize risk – The SaaS vendor provides a fixed cost and secured platform
  • Move quickly – You don’t need to build a cloud platform; the SaaS vendor already did
  • Address pain – Remember, the only thing everybody agrees upon is that they hate backup. If you solve that pain, you’re a hero.

Step 2: Enable others to move faster – SaaS data protection for cloud

Developers just want to build new applications, but they need protection from errors, outages, and ransomware. Instead of asking them to roll their own protection, SaaS data protection for cloud means developers focus on building. They get:

  • Recovery – When something goes wrong, recover what they need – from a file to an application to an environment
  • Compliance – Regulators expect compliance reports. Every developer loves the person who can produce it for them.

Step 3: Keep adding value – SaaS data management

Unlock the value of the data and metadata with the technology of the cloud. You can finally do:

  • Disaster Recovery – Cloud has resources on standby to recover your business
  • Data Insight – With SaaS data protection, you’ve got your data and metadata next to the world’s most powerful analytics tools. Turn that into business insight.

With SaaS you can graduate to cloud, solve backup, and deliver data analytics for the business.

Druva – my road to cloud

Once I figured out “the secret” to cloud, there was only one question left. What company could help me on that journey?

It did not take long to identify Druva. Druva offers:

  • SaaS backup – The leader from endpoints to remote offices to data centers.
  • SaaS data protection for cloud – The leader for protecting SaaS and cloud-native applications (e.g. Office 365, Slack, AWS RDS).
  • SaaS data management  –  Watch this space… hey, if everything was done, why would they need to hire me?

Druva is the cloud-native platform you’d create if you had hundreds of dedicated cloud experts. Since cloud expertise is the most scarce skill in the market today, my decision was easy – I’m here to work with and learn from the best in the industry.

That’s why I joined Druva. Now it’s your turn.

Welcome to the data protection for the cloud era.