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Cloud Native Data Management: Kasten Widens Reach of Backup, Disaster Recovery

10 Sep 2020 12:56pm, by

Kubernetes data management provider Kasten has extended K10 Enterprise Data Management Platform to include capabilities for improved data management, governance and backup capabilities, the company announced.

For governance and compliance, the software platform provider says it offers tighter control of data compliance for data management across different geographical zones and jurisdictions, including:

  • Automation for policy application simultaneously across multicloud environments and different geographical zones.
  • Infrastructure portability, including prebuilt templates and expanded support for Azure Disks, GCE Persistent Disks and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Block Store (EBS).
  • Improved security for RBAC integrations and self-service capabilities for direct control over backup and disaster recovery policies.

For support for compliance for GDPR, Kasten K10 helps to offer tighter control for how organizations store their data thanks to separate retention policies for data that can individually apply to data snapshots, backup, disaster recovery and migration, Gaurav Rishi, head of product at Kasten, told The New Stack. “If you are an organization with applications that handle data and processes that require protection under GDPR, K10 makes it easy to move data into environments that comply with all local data regulations.”

The K10 platform’s GDPR- and other data compliance-management features include an automated overview of the compliance status of applications, Rishi said. “So when a user has to deal with audit requests that require reproducing an application environment configuration and state — including underlying data from a past given period — it’s a simple process,” Kasten said.

Policy-based approach to Kubernetes for data management is a key — and often missing — component in cloud native platforms, Rishi said. According to 451 Research’s Pathfinder Report: “Kubernetes Backup and Application Portability: Modernizing Data Protection,” Kubernetes and containerized environments offer a number of well-document advantages, while managing security and data compliance, security, storage and disaster recovery can continue to pose challenges. The report’s survey results also showed how the majority of applications running in containerized environments are stateless, thus underscoring the importance of automation and portability for data policy, compliance and backup management across different cloud environments and geographic locations — which Kasten’s platform offers, Rishi said.

K10 helps to solve stateless data management challenges, including backup management, since it is “natively integrated into Kubernetes” to automatically discover all the application components running on a cluster “and treating the application as the unit of atomicity,” Rishi said. The platform’s reach includes relational databases, such as NoSQL, and configuration data included in Kubernetes objects such as configmaps and secrets,” Rishi said.  “In cloud native applications, we observe an explosion in the number of these objects, versus what one may see in the traditional hypervisor environments,” Rishi said.

The following table shows a Kasten customer with 173 applications running, which translates into to more than 18,000 application components that K10 manages, Rishi said:

Number Component (subset)
2,126 Pods (1,380 workloads)
3,166 Secrets
1,411 Services
3,483 Image Information
768 Service Accounts
915 Configuration
3,484 Role Bindings
5,137 Other Components
18,393 Total (average 112/app)

“Policies used to automate data-management workflows, such as backups and disaster recovery, allow you to restore the application components you want and where you want them,” Rishi said.

Amazon Web Services is a sponsor of The New Stack.

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