Disclaimer: I attended Cloud Field Day as a guest of Gestalt IT. Whilst Gestalt paid for my travel, accommodation and other expenses, I am under no obligation to write anything about the event and the opinions below are entirely my own.
We had a somewhat less intense schedule for the final day, with only two vendors to visit. First up was Druva.
Druva provide a SaaS based backup solution, which I think is a unique offering in the enterprise IT market. With a history based on backing up large to small fleets of end user devices with InSync, and since 2014 supporting server based backups with Phoenix, Druva are now well established with over 50PB of data under management. For Cloud Field Day they covered Phoenix, InSync and also their new offering which supports native AWS backups, which is called Apollo.
I was impressed by Druva. They have clearly put a lot of thought and effort in to architecting a secure and stable multi tenant backup solution. If an enterprise wants to go ‘all in’ on cloud, selecting a backup solution in Druva that already lives entirely in the cloud would be a big win in achieving that ‘all in’ goal.
Druva – That One Thing
Not knowing really much about Druva previously, a lot stood out for me. But one thing in particular that caught my imagination, especially with my background in AWS and VMware, was Druva’s certified support for VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC). Using Druva and VMC, you can run VMware workloads on VMC and back them up using Druva, keeping all of your data and traffic entirely within AWS and having as much of the management as possible done for you, whilst still having the flexibility to use the same Druva platform to backup any other workloads you may have. That looks like a neat setup to me.
Druva’s server backup solution is Phoenix, and that’s the part that supports VMC. You can see Jesse Kachapis from Druva provide a overview of Phoenix here; https://youtu.be/33z-co3ji_c
Veritas have been around for a long time, but for most of the last decade and beyond have been part of Symantec. Having now split from Symantec a few years ago, they are back on the radar, promoting themselves and new solutions. I think the whole group of CFD3 delegates were intrigued to see what part of the old guard of Enterprise IT had in store for us relative to cloud.
Veritas kicked off with the standard overview of the company and their strategy. They then presented on their on prem solutions and a new appliance offering. Whilst this segment did have a little cloud content around how some of their data protection products can run on IaaS and in relation to connectors for shipping long term retention to cloud storage, Veritas spent way too long on this segment. From this section it appeared Veritas were providing nothing in the form of native cloud backups, everything seem to be more focused on keeping existing NetBackup customers happy and offering small chunks of cloud integration.
Veritas – That One Thing
Despite all of the above, the one thing I was impressed by was what Veritas then went on to discuss and demo – CloudPoint. CloudPoint is an entirely separate product to NetBackup, which has allowed the development team to avoid being constrained by the legacy requirements of NetBackup and to iterate new releases quickly. CloudPoint was the only product we saw during the week that supported native snapshots of not just EC2 instances, but Azure and GCP virtual machines as well. It was also the only product to support native backups of AWS RDS, including Aurora. Not only that, but it was able to ‘crack open’ these native snapshots so the contents could be indexed, allowing for things like individual file restores and compliance scans. The compliance scans were also impressive, allowing for automated scans to pick up files containing things like PII data. There are clearly a lot of things to add, like integration with NetBackup to avoid having to manage two distinct products, and support for third party eDiscovery tools, but I was impressed by CloudPoint. The fact it is an entirely separate product could see CloudPoint compliment any existing backup tool where these is a business need to support cloud native backups and the business accepts the trade off of managing an additional product.
Ryan Lefevre did a live demo of CloudPoint and answered a bunch of questions at CFD3, you can watch that video here; https://youtu.be/VJ8FbLihBes