There are three pillars to the software-defined data centre (SDDC): software-defined compute, software-defined storage, and software-defined networking. Without any one of these three, the whole edifice of the data centre falls down. We build all three to be resilient, “designed for failure,” and robust. Each can be built and rebuilt from scripts that are stored in distributed version control systems. But at the bottom of every application stack in our SDDC, there is a database or file store that cannot—by definition—be re-created from scripts. This is the core data that we mine and make profit from. What happens if (or when) the edifice collapses? How is that core data protected, and is traditional backup up to the task?
In Part I of this series on Do Containers Change Enterprise IT, we discussed the impact of containers on security. This time, we will discuss the impact on data protection, which encompasses backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Since the applications are changing with the use of containers to be highly distributed and deployed through infrastructure as code, what to protect now becomes a major question. How we protect is well known, but what changes once containers are in use.
SaaS is supposed to be ubiquitous, and never go down. But what if the SaaS you are using suddenly goes away, closes up shop, or places the part you are using in an unsupported mode? For some SaaS offerings (such as a game) this may not be a big deal, but for others (such as a CRM) it has huge consequences—ones that can affect your business in subtle and major ways.
In previous articles, we discussed IT transformation in general, IT transformation and security, and the top-down approach to IT transformation. In this article, we discuss migration as a means to IT transformation. Migration as a means to IT transformation hooks into an organization’s disaster recovery procedures, using these existing mechanisms to migrate workloads from on-premises to in-cloud. At that point, the migration can continue to power on workloads to take over for those on-premises, to run side-by-side with what is on-premises, to run cooperatively with those on-premises, or to just be ready in case a disaster requires their use. The fact is that cloud can be a fairly large cost saver over maintaining a hot site within another data center. Instead, you maintain one in the cloud. Continue reading IT Transformation: Migration
In our ongoing quest to determine how our readers use cloud technologies, our second poll is now available: Which Type of Data Protection Service(s) Do You Use? This poll’s goal is to determine how data protection fits into your organization’s use of the cloud, if it does at all. There are many cloud-based tools for data protection, as well as many integrations between data protection vendors and cloud service providers. We’d like to know if these tools are being used, and if they are, which ones. Continue reading How Do You Data Protect?
How do you measure your data-protection success? This is a question that has plagued many folks. Data-protection success could be measured by cost savings, peace of mind, recovery success, or the number of support tickets opened to achieve true data protection. Most likely it is a combination of all those items. Continue reading Measuring Data Protection Success