Data Protection in a Multi-Cloud World

As organizations move along the path of digital transformation, enterprise cloud usage continues to evolve as well. IDC has predicted that by 2020, over 90% of enterprises will use multiple cloud services and platforms.[1] Over time, workloads will become more dynamic and applications will span clouds or move between them for resiliency, performance and cost considerations.

The public cloud allows businesses to be much more efficient in consuming technology, paying only for what they need. In addition, public cloud service providers are constantly innovating around data management, artificial intelligence and machine learning. A modern hybrid strategy provides access to such innovations and allows businesses to exploit the best that each service provider has to offer.

With multi-cloud environments becoming the norm, organizations will have to face the complex task of pulling together a seamlessly integrated data protection strategy that will merge disparate cloud services and automate movement of data across their cloud ecosystems. Leading organizations worldwide use Dell’s Data Protection Solutions to simplify, accelerate, and scale their backup and recovery environments.

Dell Data Protection solutions support native backup tiering to public or private clouds for cost-effective storage of long-term backup retention data, eliminating the need for physical tape infrastructure. For customers looking to extend their data protection to the cloud, we provide solutions for leading cloud providers, including AWS, Azure, Google, and Alibaba. Our continued innovation has enhanced our hybrid and multi-cloud data protection capabilities and helps customers reduce the risk of data loss, decrease CAPEX and OPEX costs, and improve their operational management efficiencies.

Data Protection Solutions for Multi-Cloud

Long-Term Retention

When it comes to long-term retention in multi-cloud environments, the Data Domain (DD) Family has been the number-one choice when it comes to the Purpose Built Backup Appliance market. Both Data Domain and our Integrated Data Protection Appliances (IDPA) provide best-in-class deduplication and scale for your data protection needs, including the ability to tier data to the cloud for long-term retention. With Dell Cloud Tier, you can send data directly from the DD appliance to any of the validated and supported cloud object storage providers – public, private or hybrid – for long-term retention needs. For example, Dell helped Baker Tilly clients with 24×7 access to vital financial data. Listen to this great customer story here.

Dell Cloud Tier can scale up to 2x the max capacity of the active tier, increasing the overall DD system scalability by up to 3x. For example, the DD9800 scales up to 1PB of usable capacity on the active tier; therefore, the cloud tier can support up to 2PB of usable capacity.

Factoring in DD deduplication ratios, this results in up to 100PB of logical capacity being efficiently protected in the cloud and overall 150PB of logical capacity being managed by a single DD system. Purchase an IDPA DP4400, and you will receive 5TB of Dell Cloud Tier for free.

Similarly, our new PowerProtect Software, software-defined and multi-cloud optimized for long-term retention, offers efficient data management capabilities across your ever-changing IT environment, leveraging the latest evolution of Dell trusted protection storage architecture. With operational simplicity, agility and flexibility at its core, PowerProtect Software enables the protection, management and recovery of data at scale in on-premises, virtualized and cloud deployments. Self-service capabilities drive operational efficiency, and IT governance controls ensure compliance, making even the strictest service-level objectives easy to meet.

Cloud Disaster Recovery
For modern disaster recovery, Dell offers Cloud Disaster Recovery (CDR) to copy backed-up VMs to the public cloud. CDR has been recognized for application-consistent cloud disaster recovery in AWS or Azure, as well as recovery to VMware Cloud™ on AWS. CDR saves CAPEX costs by reducing the need to build additional data centers for disaster recovery and with these new enhancements further improves the viability of public cloud disaster recovery options. This Cloud Disaster Recovery solution also provides 5TB CDR free with the purchase of IDPA DP4400.

Dell modern management simplifies the backup and recovery of VMware images across your data protection environment with an enhanced HTML 5 UI.

In-Cloud Data Protection
Dell Cloud Snapshot Manager, a SaaS offering for AWS and Azure, breaks cloud silos as a multi-cloud solution, making it easier for customers to organize and protect public cloud workloads. Customers can quickly discover, orchestrate and automate the protection of workloads across multiple clouds and regions based on policies for seamless backup and disaster recovery, using one SaaS tool that does not require installation or infrastructure. Take advantage of our 30-day free Cloud Snapshot Manager trial.

Data Protection for Service Providers

VMware and Dell Data Protection have greatly enhanced their integration, making it easier for service providers to jointly deliver VMware and Backup as a Service. Now cloud service providers with multi-tenant VMware environments can offer their customers robust, integrated data protection with a best-in-class user experience through vCloud Director or Backup as a Service. Service providers and their customers can benefit from the proven low operating cost, high scalability and performance of Dell Data Protection, and purchase directly through VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP), paying in arrears.

It has never been easier for you to extend your customer’s infrastructure to the cloud with simplicity, automation and scale – at a fraction of the cost – making you a trusted partner in backup and recovery.

Integration with VMware

Today, most workloads run on VMware virtual machines (VMs). Protecting these environments can get complicated as the amount of data, applications, and VMs continues to increase. As users adopt cloud technologies, the movement of both data centers and the data protection environment further complicates matters because organizations must deal with siloed data, as well as multiple solutions and vendors.

To accelerate our customers’ IT transformation and enable data protection for VMware and cloud environments, Dell and VMware together offer easy, secure and cost-effective solutions with deep integration points. As more users adopt multi-cloud environments, Dell’s deep integration with VMware’s user interface becomes more and more important, providing best user experience for VMware users on premises or in the cloud.

Visit us on the floor at VMworld in booth 1027 – we can’t wait to see you!

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[1] IDC FutureScape

About the Author: Danielle Coady

Danielle Coady is a motivated and passionate marketing leader responsible for driving marketing alignment across ISG with our strategic partners (VMware, MSFT, NVIDIA, and AMD) focused on our innovative and industry-leading solutions. As a marketing leader with 20+ years of professional experience within the technology industry, her experience is best applied to GTM strategies, messaging, market positioning, partner strategies, and thought leadership. With a proven track record of leading and executing complex marketing programs and teams that accelerate growth and marketing impact, she enjoys rolling up her sleeves, as much as empowering a team. Prior to Dell Technologies, she worked at Hitachi Data Systems, Red Hat, and Double-Take Software. In addition to her corporate experience, Danielle has a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit and has served as a trusted advisor for many small businesses. In 2012, she was also a proud recipient of the Boston 40 Under Forty honor. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, watching her sons play sports, hiking in New Hampshire and catching up with friends and family. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.