Transitioning to a “Cloud Ready” data centre

Most major software and hardware vendors have begun their journey to cloud enable their products thus providing the foundations for a “Cloud Ready” data centre. Let’s take a look at some of our solutions that can help you with the transition:

Backup of cloud services (SaaS and IaaS)
We have several options available that:

  • Run in the cloud as SaaS applications
  • Run on-premises and/or in the cloud
  • Enable point-in-time recovery of SaaS applications and IaaS VMs
  • Enable IaaS VMs to be restored back on-premises or to another cloud provider – no matter the hypervisor

These solutions are targeted at the most popular SaaS applications – Office 365, G Suite (formerly Google Apps) and Salesforce, and the leading IaaS platforms – AWS and Azure.

Backup and Archive to the cloud
We have several options available that:

  • Provide a cloud gateway that can be used with any backup/archive application
  • Provide a software-defined backup/archive solution with a built-in cloud object storage connector
  • Run in the cloud to provide cloud to cloud backup (i.e. from Azure to AWS)

These solutions finally allow organisations to eliminate the need for tape for the long term retention of data.

Backup and Archive as a Service
We have several options available that:

  • Are a fully managed service
  • Do not use on-premises infrastructure
    • They run on your own IaaS cloud (i.e. AWS or Azure)
    • They can protect on-premises and/or in the cloud (IaaS and SaaS) applications and data
  • Can run as a mixture of on-premises infrastructure and IaaS with single pane of glass management
  • Enable point-in-time recovery of SaaS applications and IaaS VMs
  • Enable IaaS VMs to be restored back on-premises or to another cloud provider – no matter the hypervisor

Modern data protection solutions need to encompass on-premises, IaaS and SaaS applications and data, and cross hypervisor/cloud restore.

Tiering of in-active SAN and NAS data to the cloud
We have several options available that enable:

  • Basic file tiering (stubbing) to the cloud
  • Advanced sub-LUN or sub-file tiering to the cloud

In both scenarios the end-user or application will be unaware what data is held on-premises or in the cloud (apart from the obvious speed difference).

The second option is going to change the way we deploy on-premises storage, instead of using Flash as our primary tier and moving in-active data to HDDs, as we have been doing for the last 5 years, we will tier it to the cloud. These solutions work at very granular level (4K), pre-compress/de-duplicate the data before it is sent to the cloud and support both SAN and NAS workloads.

Disaster Recovery as a Service
We have several options available that:

  • Are a fully managed service
  • Do not use on-premises infrastructure
    • They run on your own IaaS cloud
    • They can protect on-premises and/or in the cloud (IaaS) applications and data

If you only have a single data centre then it makes a lot of sense to use a DRaaS or IaaS solution such as AWS or Azure.

Infrastructure as a Service
We have several options available that:

  • Extend on-premises VMware infrastructures to the cloud
  • Move data between on-premises infrastructure and public clouds such as AWS and Azure

Being able to easily move applications and data between clouds and on-premises infrastructure is a very powerful feature that overtime more and more organisations will take advantage of.

Monitoring
We have several options available that enable:

  • End-to-end monitoring of Performance and Availability
  • Across on-premises infrastructure, and cloud IaaS and SaaS applications

Having visibility from the application, through the network and hypervisor to the storage is critical to ensure that today’s on-premises applications meet the end-users expectations. As we transition to hybrid clouds we must add to this the ability to monitor SaaS and IaaS applications, ideally all from a single pane of glass.

Conclusion
Cloud based services are here to stay and as each organisation utilises more of these services then it becomes imperative that their data centre services are “Cloud Ready” and optimised to work with them.

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Mark Burgess has worked in IT since 1984, starting as a programmer on DEC VAX systems, then moving into PC software development using Clipper and FoxPro. From here he moved into network administration using Novell NetWare, which kicked-off his interest in storage. In 1999 he co-founded SNS, a consultancy firm initially focused on Novell technologies, but overtime Virtualisation and Storage. Mark writes a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to Twitter and other popular Virtualisation and Storage blog sites.
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About Mark Burgess

Mark Burgess has worked in IT since 1984, starting as a programmer on DEC VAX systems, then moving into PC software development using Clipper and FoxPro. From here he moved into network administration using Novell NetWare, which kicked-off his interest in storage. In 1999 he co-founded SNS, a consultancy firm initially focused on Novell technologies, but overtime Virtualisation and Storage. Mark writes a popular blog and is a frequent contributor to Twitter and other popular Virtualisation and Storage blog sites.

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