Changing from physical to virtual information technology (IT) resources – like cloud systems – requires that companies monitor and manage the movement and security of data across on-premise and external resources, says backup and intelligent data management multinational Veeam Software Southern Africa cloud and hosting manager Trent Odgers.
IT market analysis multinational Gartner predicts that 70% of organisations will use multiple cloud infrastructure and/or services this year, including those in South Africa.
Businesses are embracing a multicloud strategy to improve speed to market and optimise costs. The challenge is to create a data management strategy that integrates disparate cloud services, automates the movement of data across multiple workloads when and where required, and remains compliant with regulations, he says.
“Complete mobility of data is key. However, privacy and data sovereignty laws require that companies are able to locate and manage data according to regulations.”
Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 includes the ability to tag a virtual machine to identify its location and Veeam ONE can identify the individual drive the data is stored on.
Veeam’s systems do not eliminate data sprawl, but provide functionality that supports intelligent data management to reduce sprawl and improve data use, including the provision of the details of where the data resides and capabilities to retrieve data from external cloud systems or from object-based storage using Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4.
The cloud is used as a second home for data, and many companies use the cloud as part of a disaster recovery plan or off-site copy requirement because of the prohibitive costs of having a second physical site. The cloud has flexible payment options and has become a cost-effective alternative. The Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 4 supports efficient cloud-based disaster- recovery-as-a-service.
Companies sometimes need to move their data from cloud services back to on-premises resources for further testing and optimisation. Veeam’s cloud data management capabilities offer this migration functionality into and out of Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, reducing complexity and the time to migrate, says Odgers.
“We help to get data from where it resides to where it is needed and protect the data once there, as well as once it has been changed, which complements machine learning and business analytics systems to ensure the availability and management of data.”
In multicloud environments, it becomes challenging to ensure that data and applications are always available to all users and devices across all private, public and hybrid workloads, Odgers states.
“Companies, therefore, need a proactive approach that intelligently anticipates and meets the demand for data, enhances the value of its corporate data assets, delivers new products and services to market quicker and drives the digital transformation of the business,” he explains.
Further, solutions designed to live at the edge help to improve the speed and reduce latency and connectivity costs. The Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Edge is available for virtual machines running on virtualisation company VMware’s vSphere solution. Veeam complements these solutions by ensuring the required service levels and restore points are delivered.
“It is important to be able to manage data that lives on the edge, on-premise and at public or managed clouds. As IoT development expands, companies need to ensure that data created at the edge has recoverable restore points. “Veeam DataLabs is able to provide staged restore capabilities, which allow companies to quickly and efficiently conduct tests in an isolated environment before rolling out to production,” says Odgers.
Most edge and IoT systems send their data to central nodes in a company’s network architecture, commonly to in-house or external cloud platforms.