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Data Protection for Today’s Highly Complex Cloud Native World

22 Jun 2020 3:00pm, by and

Dell Technologies sponsored this podcast.

In this The New Stack Makers podcast, technology thought leaders from Dell EMC and VMware discuss the dynamics of data protection and other DevOps-related themes for today’s highly complex cloud native environments.

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The podcast guests from Dell EMC and VMware were:

  • Jennifer Aspesi, senior consultant, data protection solutions marketing, Dell Technologies.
  • Michael Michael, director of product management, VMware.
  • Nivas Iyer, product management, go to market and strategic partnerships leader, Dell Technologies.
  • Tom Spoonemore, product line manager, VMware.

With the right tools, many of the data-protection tasks can be automated in such a way that they remain largely transparent to the developers. In other words, developers can look to do their magic, while remaining largely unfettered by operations-related tasks.

“The nice thing is now we have a way to create policies and protect those workloads without the developers even being affected,” Aspesi said. “They can distribute their workloads wherever they need to.”

Still, the role of the developer often extends into the realm of what might have previously been operations, especially for databases — and vice versa. “In a Kubernetes and cloud native world, it’s a dev function because developers need to put together mechanisms for stateful data for databases,” Iyer said.

At the same time, “ops teams are also creating versions of infrastructure as code,” Iyer said. “And so they can continually transform.”

The last thing developers need is for data protection, maintenance and management tasks to slow down their capacities to develop and deploy applications. This is where the choice of toolsets and platforms plays a key role. “Developers want to start with something that’s going to help them accelerate their innovation,” Michael said. “They want to reduce the roadblocks and figure out how to accelerate the software delivery pipeline.”

Meeting developers’ needs to reduce impediments to their deployment cadences are largely “the way we’re approaching things from a VMware and Dell EMC perspective,” Michael said.

VMware’s Tanzu portfolio of products and services for a vAdmin, for example, “helps customers develop and deploy applications across this fleet in a unified way on Kubernetes,” Spoonemore said. DevOps can also “more rapidly develop and deploy those applications than what they’ve been able to do traditionally,” said Spoonemore.

Open source, of course, continues to play an integral role. “There was a time that we took an open source project and you built support around it, and that was the extent of the business,” Spoonemore said. “Now, we have open source literally coursing through our veins at this point. I mean, our flagship product vSphere has Kubernetes, an open source project, built right into it.”

VMware is a sponsor of The New Stack.

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