Druva drives Data Protection-aaS for Kubernetes

The jury is out on this one. In the world of cloud, does DPaaS stand for Data Platform (as a Service), Development Platform or Data Protection?

At the time of writing, most of the industry gravitates towards using it to refer to Data Protection-as-a-Service, although the other disciplines (perhaps we should say ‘delivery mechanism’).

For cloud data and management company Druva, Inc. DPaaS clearly is clearly a protection play.

The company has this month announced beta support for Kubernetes workloads.

This service promises to offer application protection for ‘all teams’ i.e. the central IT team and DevOps… and so, logically extending to operations pros who may be sysadmins, DBAs, penetration testers and so on. 

Offered through Druva Cloud Platform, users can recover, migrate, or clone Kubernetes workloads, alongside existing datacentre and cloud workloads from a unified  interface. 

The concept here gravitates around the simplicity of a cloud-native architecture to unify data protection for so-called ‘emerging applications’ (by which Druva presumably means cloud native ones), traditional workloads (i.e. not born in the cloud) and hybrid environments.

Kubernetes is of course the dominant container orchestrator with more than 89 percent market share… and of course has a modular open source architecture. 

“However, users still lack an easy-to-manage enterprise data protection solution to secure the entire application, including dependencies on external storage and databases. Teams also need to protect their Kubernetes workloads against threats including user error, site outages and ransomware attacks. Now, instead of adopting yet another point backup tool specifically for Kubernetes, businesses can protect Kubernetes applications and their underlying infrastructure within Druva alongside their existing workloads,” notes Druva, in a press statement.

Users can expect application-consistent data protection over resources inside and outside Kubernetes clusters. This technology provides secure SaaS management, with a platform built on AWS for global control.

The state of stateful

“Businesses are expanding their use of containers and Kubernetes to stateful applications, but existing protection tools are siloed and do not meet enterprise protection requirements,” said Stephen Manley, chief technologist, Druva. 

Manley suggests that with Kubernetes usage on the rise, too many production workloads lack adequate data protection. Using this new offering, central teams can securely and seamlessly incorporate Kubernetes protection into their existing policies, while enabling application owners to recover, migrate and clone applications when necessary.

“Druva’s application-centric solution identifies and protects critical resources both inside and outside Kubernetes deployments. As application owners build and update their environment, Druva automatically and securely stores snapshots of the entire environment, so applications or operations teams can quickly and easily recover their applications,” added Manley.

These snapshots can be restored to a new location for migration, cloning, or troubleshooting of production workloads. Finally, the central team can fulfill compliance requirements with retention of backups in offsite locations, all through Druva’s user interface.

Druva customers can protect production application deployments by choosing the “Kubernetes” option in CloudRanger — early access will be available in Q4, with wider availability expected in the first half of 2021.



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