Information management company Veritas Technologies is targeting the headaches that the firm suggests might be thrown up by running multi-cloud operations.
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Hybrid cloud deployments featuring a mix of public and on-premises deployments are conceptually sound, but the reality of application (and the consequent need for data storage) deployment in these scenarios throws up not just migration (from one cloud to another) headaches, but the (arguably) more painful idea of what Veritas has labelled as bi-directional cloud migration.
Bi-directional cloud migration? Yes, bi-directional cloud migration i.e. data, applications and smaller computing components moving from one cloud (could be the same type, could be different) to another.
What Veritas has worked on (and now released) are technologies to handle bi-directional cloud migration for critical workloads and snapshot-based data protection optimised for multi-cloud environments.
These latest technologies come in part as a result of recent alliance and partnership announcements with a variety of public cloud providers including Google, IBM and Microsoft.
“Today, organisations looking to fast track cloud adoption in the multi-cloud world face compounding challenges, like a lack of data visibility, complicated migration paths that also frequently result in cloud lock-in, and a mistaken perception that because data is in the cloud, it does not need to be protected. Also, as organisations globally become more reliant on digital information, with data spread across multiple clouds, ensuring governance across the board is becoming increasingly complex,” said the company, in a press statement.
The technical details
Veritas Information Map and S3 Connector — the Information Map S3 Connector provides a real-time picture and interactive view of unstructured data assets residing in S3-enabled cloud storage repositories.
According to Veritas, “Visibility is the critical first step to making informed data retention, migration and deletion decisions. Data visibility also helps to ensure compliance with data regulations around the world, including the GDPR in May 2018.”
The Veritas 2017 GDPR Report suggests that only one in 10 enterprises polled globally believe GDPR compliance of data in the cloud is their organisation’s responsibility. This of course is a false assumption. Under GDPR, organisations are just as responsible for adhering to the same data privacy mandates for data stored in the cloud—including any public cloud—as well as data stored on-premises.
“Organisations moving to a multi-cloud model find that it is increasingly difficult to visualise, protect and manage their cloud-based data across different environments,” said Jason Tooley, VP for Northern Europe at Veritas. “This challenge impacts decision-making and creates unnecessary risk, especially as the legislative landscape grows in complexity and severity. The new Veritas solutions focused on data visualisation, workload protection and cloud migration address customer concerns as they continue down the path of digital transformation and ensure compliance as GDPR comes into effect next year.”
Other news here includes notes on Veritas CloudMobility, a product engineered to migrate complex workloads from an on premises datacentre to the cloud with a single-click.
The automated solution gives organisations the flexibility to cost-effectively migrate workloads to the cloud of their choice. If business goals change, the workloads can migrate back to on-premises.