On-demand cloud compute and storage services have grown steadily as companies continue their digital transformation journey. The drive to achieve cost savings, functionality enhancements and data center modernization has fueled the growth of cloud adoption. As companies look to reduce costs, increase agility and improve the efficiency of their data center operations, they are selectively moving workloads to the cloud.

The result has been the creation of a new business model known as hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is about removing silos and providing seamless integration between on-premises and cloud infrastructures, or between cloud instances (multi-cloud). The goal of hybrid cloud is to bring portability and consistent operations to on-premises and cloud environments. 

Cloud services are designed to abstract underlying infrastructure, which is helpful when writing new applications. But for traditional applications residing on-premises, infrastructure does matter. As a result, customers have discovered several challenges to achieving a hybrid cloud:

  • Virtual machine format/compatibility. Frequently hypervisors vary between on-premises and cloud. These differences need to be resolved before any migration occurs and the resolution frequently goes beyond simple format conversion. On-premises applications are tuned in terms of performance, application certifications, subsystems integration and management tools. These changes even extend to application availability and backups and require extensive time and monetary investment to update.
  • Networking. Hybrid cloud presents logical challenges around IP addressing, DNS and subnets making seamless connectivity difficult. 
  • Storage. Specifics around how applications use and connect to storage present portability problems in the area of storage types (file, block, object), persistency and performance. 
  • Supporting tools. Different environments use different management stacks that are optimized for each environment. 
  • Skills. Enterprise IT is highly segmented by skill set and cloud is no exception. Binding on-premises and off-premises into a hybrid cloud presents challenges in skill sets as knowledge of on-premises and cloud resides in separate business teams. 
  • Operational differences. The service orientation of cloud creates vastly different operational processes compared to on-premises data centers. Cloud operations are managed by the cloud providers with services that use different tools, data and APIs impacting how users interact and control service management, provisioning and change management. 
  • Security. Security is not just about protecting the enterprise but also how much insight and control it can provide the organization. Security tools and processes are often different for on-premises and cloud; which complicates achieving a unified, consistent security strategy for hybrid cloud.

A seamless hybrid cloud can only be achieved when there is consistency on both sides, solving many of the challenges listed above. Using the same infrastructure at the lowest layers of any hybrid cloud allows users to easily achieve:

  • Portability. The same hypervisor means that workloads can be easily moved to the cloud while retaining optimizations, integrated technologies and certifications on existing on-premises applications. 
  • Consistent operations. Using the same infrastructure allows reuse of operational models and processes. 
  • Transparent integration. The more closely the stacks align, the more cloud will be able to function as an extension of the enterprise data center. 
  • Leverage skill sets and team. Using the same tools, skills and processes allows a single team to manage the full hybrid environment.

VMware Cloud on AWS
VMware Cloud on AWS is a premiere cloud offering that delivers a consistent platform using VMWare components already in a large majority of data centers. It delivers the best software defined data center (SDDC) experience running on the highest performing infrastructure in the cloud. Delivering seamless application portability, it eliminates the need for complex conversions, alternative machine formats or the need to re architect applications.

VMware Cloud on AWS allows customers to leverage predictable, high-performance compute, storage and networking delivered by vSphere, vSAN and NSX running on the next-generation Nitro system-based Amazon EC2 elastic, bare-metal infrastructure. Customers can extend the value of their existing enterprise applications with high-bandwidth, low-latency access to AWS services.

Druva Data Protection for VMware Cloud on AWS

Accelerate and Simplify Data Center Migration. Rapidly and easily migrate vSphere-based workloads to the cloud. Reduce the risk and cost of cloud migration compared to alternatives that require conversions or re-architecture. Leverage familiar VMware tools and skill sets to accelerate cloud migrations. Once in the cloud, leverage VMware and AWS services to modernize applications at a pace comfortable to the business.

Consistently extend Data Center to the Cloud. Got new projects? Want to expand to a new geography? Easily extend your footprint into the cloud and get VMware-consistent, enterprise-grade environments in the AWS cloud in a fast and cost-effective way.

Robust Disaster Recovery as a Cloud Service. Deliver on-demand disaster recovery as a service optimized for VMware Cloud on AWS. Accelerate time-to-protection, simplify disaster recovery operations and reduce secondary site costs with cloud economics while providing a secondary site that is operationally consistent with VMware data centers.

Move Enterprise Applications without Rework. Extend on-premises data centers and easily migrate targeted application workloads to VMware Cloud without conversions. Achieve bi-directional workload portability between on-premises and VMWare Cloud. Modernize applications through optimized access to native AWS services.

Flexible Dev/Test Environments. Deliver VMware SDDC-consistent dev/test environments that integrate with modern continuous integration/continuous delivery tools. Access native AWS services seamlessly for new application development.

Why Druva for VMware Cloud on AWS?

Data protection across hybrid clouds has become complex and clumsy as the quantity of data continues to grow across multiple locations. Traditional data protection solutions that utilize appliances or hyperconverged infrastructure are difficult to maintain, do not scale efficiently and present the customers with an expensive model for data protection. As the number of sites multiply, so do the challenges for long-term retention, information governance and business continuity.

Druva integrates with vCenter through an agentless proxy that allows customers to auto-discover virtual machines, tracks change blocks and data before backing up the data. Built-in automation and orchestration allows customers to easily define virtual machine groups, retention timeframes, recovery point and recovery time objectives to free up technical personnel from focusing on these manual tasks. vCenter integrations allows Druva to leverage VMware tools to deploy proxies that automatically load balance backup streams. Integration between VMWare Cloud and Druva delivers fast, seamless backups helping enterprise customers manage their hybrid cloud environment while delivering the following benefits:

  • Centralized management. Druva delivers a comprehensive point of view across on-premises and cloud backups, virtual machine restores, as well as manage all data protection services across multiple geographies and environments. Global deduplication eliminates the need to deploy separate instances of Druva for each environment. 
  • Cloud-native solution. Built on AWS, Druva is the only VMware Cloud certified SaaS solution that is simple, secure and scalable across all AWS regions. Leveraging a multi-tenant cloud architecture and microservices built into AWS, Druva delivers a scale-out service without any single point of failure or performance bottleneck. 
  • DraaS, workload mobility and test/dev. Druva provides IT with freedom of choice to backup virtual machines to VMware Cloud or use vMotion to failover on-premises with an RTO of minutes. Customers can replicate or move workloads across all AWS geographies. 
  • No hardware requirements. Druva eliminates the need to purchase new hardware or software, maintain it or complete upgrade/patches. 
  • Global reach and scale at your fingertips in minutes.

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