Welcome!

Microservices Expo Authors: Krishnan Manjeri, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Miska Kaipiainen, Ian Khan

Related Topics: Containers Expo Blog, Microservices Expo

Containers Expo Blog: Article

A New Era of Post-Production Data Management Software

Solving legacy problems of backup to tape

By Jerome M. Wendt

Nearly every small, medium or large organization is heading down the path of adopting disk-based data protection as a way to solve their legacy problems of backup to tape. But what many of these organizations have yet to recognize is that as they adopt disk to store these post-production copies of data, a new opportunity is presenting itself. They now have the option to manage and leverage post-production data in ways that were never possible when on tape but now lack the tools to do so.

Nearly every organization is somewhere on the journey towards implementing disk-based backup. But that does not mean every organization is implementing it in the same way or using the same technologies. Some are introducing disk in lieu of tape as a backup target. Others are using disk-based snapshots while still others are using some form of replication. Some are even using a combination all of these forms of disk-based data protection.

Then as they store this post-production data on disk they are looking to optimize how this data is stored. This is leading most organizations to try to deduplicate this data whenever possible and then use replication to move the data off-site.

But now that organizations are storing all of this data to disk, they have both a new opportunity and a new challenge in front of them. The opportunity is they now have near-real time copies of production data on disk.

These post-production copies of data are at most 24 hours old and may only be hours, minutes or seconds removed from the production copy of data from which they were derived. As such, they are excellent candidates for use for testing, development and disaster recovery.

At the same time, the challenge is finding software that can do this "post-production data management." After all, it is one thing to create a backup, snapshot or set up a replication job for a particular set of production data. But it is quite another job to then manage the tens, hundreds or even possibly thousands of these copies of post-production data in such a way that they are useable and easily managed by an organization.

These requirements are making it evident that a new category of software, which I refer to as "post-production data management software," needs to emerge. This software needs to give organizations the ability to manage this post-production data in such a way that they may perform tasks like:

  • Minimizing or eliminating backup and recovery windows by ensuring that data is on the right tier of disk at the right time
  • Ensuring that these post-production copies of data (backups, snapshots, replicated) are deduplicated whenever possible to conserve storage capacity
  • Data is replicated locally or remotely so business continuity and disaster recovery can occur automatically with minimal need for setup or ongoing management

Already we are seeing these next generation types of post-production data management capabilities begin to emerge. This last week FalconStor announced its new RecoverTrac technology that is now part of its Continuous Data Protector (CDP) software. RecoverTrac's purpose is to help CDP's snapshots and replication features deliver real world, turnkey business continuity and disaster recovery functionality without requiring organizations to spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars and numerous man hours in order to deploy, test, implement and manage it.

InMage is another company that has also been doing something similar for some time. In a series of two blog entries I wrote a couple of years ago I covered how a Dr. James Tu, an Information Security Officer at a real estate company, was using InMage Scout's replication capabilities to replicate data between two sites. Then within Scout he was creating virtual mount points so he could use them to perform recoveries at the secondary site.

Yet possibly the most interesting entrant in this emerging space is a new company called Actifio. It has built its entire platform around this concept of post-production data management and has gone beyond just acting as a backup target, replicating production data or creating snapshots of production data. While it can perform all three of these functions (it can act as either a backup target or a production file system which replicates or takes snapshots of production data) its ultimate objective is to optimally manage the post-production data under its control.

Once it has these post-production copies of data in whatever form they take (backup, snapshot or replicated,) Actifio can then deduplicate this data, put it on the appropriate tier of disk for recoveries or replicate it offsite for DR.

What specifically makes Actifio unique is its virtualization technology to re-purpose a unique copy of all post-production data for each of the different operational requirements. Instead of the complexity and cost of multiple tools for backup, snapshot, deduplication, disaster recovery or business continuance, Actifio is a single solution that manages data through its entire life cycle.

In the next few years I expect almost every size company to complete the transition from tape-based backup to using some form of disk-based data protection. However once that transition is complete, these organizations are going to recognize that just having all of their post-production data stored on disk adds insufficient value to their organization.

Instead they will want the option to easily and centrally manage where this post-production data is placed to facilitate business continuity, disaster recoveries and even operational testing and development of production applications. It is for this reason that I believe that companies will rapidly move beyond just implementing disk-based data protection and that a new era of organizations wanting and needing software that automates the management and placement of their post-production data is dawning.

More Stories By Derek Harris

Derek Harris Sr. is a senior technology writer and blogger with more than 20 years experience in journalism.

While covering a broad spectrum of technology segments, his focus is weighted on enterprise technologies in the data storage, security and infrastructure spaces.

@MicroservicesExpo Stories
With online viewership and sales growing rapidly, enterprises are interested in understanding how they analyze performance to positively impact business metrics. Deeper insight into the user experience is needed to understand why conversions are dropping and/or bounce rates are increasing or, preferably, to understand what has been helping these metrics improve. The digital performance management industry has evolved as application performance management companies have broadened their scope beyo...
SYS-CON Events announced today the Kubernetes and Google Container Engine Workshop, being held November 3, 2016, in conjunction with @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele introduces participants to Kubernetes and Google Container Engine (GKE). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learn the key concepts and practices for deploying and maintainin...
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lea...
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of So...
Throughout history, various leaders have risen up and tried to unify the world by conquest. Fortunately, none of their plans have succeeded. The world goes on just fine with each country ruling itself; no single ruler is necessary. That’s how it is with the container platform ecosystem, as well. There’s no need for one all-powerful, all-encompassing container platform. Think about any other technology sector out there – there are always multiple solutions in every space. The same goes for conta...
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
24Notion is full-service global creative digital marketing, technology and lifestyle agency that combines strategic ideas with customized tactical execution. With a broad understand of the art of traditional marketing, new media, communications and social influence, 24Notion uniquely understands how to connect your brand strategy with the right consumer. 24Notion ranked #12 on Corporate Social Responsibility - Book of List.
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, will compare the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, e...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform moder...
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, a leading provider of middleware modernization, integration, and management solutions, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS - software, platform, and infrastructure as a service.
Whether they’re located in a public, private, or hybrid cloud environment, cloud technologies are constantly evolving. While the innovation is exciting, the end mission of delivering business value and rapidly producing incremental product features is paramount. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Kiran Chitturi, CTO Architect at Sungard AS, will discuss DevOps culture, its evolution of frameworks and technologies, and how it is achieving maturity. He will also cover various st...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
Video experiences should be unique and exciting! But that doesn’t mean you need to patch all the pieces yourself. Users demand rich and engaging experiences and new ways to connect with you. But creating robust video applications at scale can be complicated, time-consuming and expensive. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Zohar Babin, Vice President of Platform, Ecosystem and Community at Kaltura, will discuss how VPaaS enables you to move fast, creating scalable video experiences that reach your ...
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - comp...
It's been a busy time for tech's ongoing infatuation with containers. Amazon just announced EC2 Container Registry to simply container management. The new Azure container service taps into Microsoft's partnership with Docker and Mesosphere. You know when there's a standard for containers on the table there's money on the table, too. Everyone is talking containers because they reduce a ton of development-related challenges and make it much easier to move across production and testing environm...
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Apache Hadoop is a key technology for gaining business insights from your Big Data, but the penetration into enterprises is shockingly low. In fact, Apache Hadoop and Big Data proponents recognize that this technology has not yet achieved its game-changing business potential. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, John Mertic, director of program management for ODPi at The Linux Foundation, will explain why this is, how we can work together as an open data community to increase adoption, and the i...