OpenStack-compatible backup and recovery service Trilio Data is seeing significant change emerge in the way enterprises understand data protection services. The new value that data protection can provide will have a major impact in a post-GDPR, hybrid cloud world, said CEO of Trilio Data, David Safaii.
At the recent OpenStack Summit in Sydney, Safaii said that those responsible for managing the move to cloud environments, usually directors of cloud engineering at various enterprises — particularly financial services and telcos — are building “a swiss army knife: the elastic cloud” using OpenStack components.
But as lines-of-business get involved in their public cloud platforms, a whole suite of new compliance needs related to service level agreements need to be put in place.
“There are a lot of compliance needs and this whole conversation around data backup and recovery gets kicked up another level,” said Safaii. “In public and hybrid cloud environments, governance becomes a bigger and bigger topic.” Safaii said the majority of implementation cases for Trilio involve a mix where lines of business are recreating their applications in the cloud, but also need to manage legacy workloads, and even to protect on-premises applications that the business units feel they can’t live without.
Safaii said Trilio’s data protection services are often left out initially in the move to cloud, as engineers are interested in “sexy topics like containers,” but that conversation shifts internally when business units come on board and are looking for business assurance and efficiencies.
“Legacy data protection is not built for cloud,” Safaii said. “It is code that is 25 years old, hardware-based, and agent-based. Trilio is based on forever being scalable, is completely self-service, is agent-less, and is software only. What that translates to is that tenants can manage their own backup. Users create their own backup policies and can retrieve backups on their own.”
As lines-of-business get involved in their public cloud platforms, a whole suite of new compliance needs related to service level agreements need to be put in place.
Safaii said at present, in enterprise environments, most backups are not tested, and when that does happen it is by employees writing their own scripts or using a community project. But by using a product like Trilio, Safaii said, backup services are more reliable, easier to test, and can evolve into migration support and compliance services.
“Data protection for us is not just the files,” said Safaii. “Data protection is going to evolve.” Safaii said that as end users can create security and data policies, the cloud environment, data permissions and network arrangements that an enterprise might have in place can be recreated, replicated and redeployed in a new location.
“That means all the virtual machines, all the security policies attached to those machines, all the metadata… If I have the ability to keep a workload in its native format and re-spin it in a new instance, it goes back to governance — are you allowed to have that data moved over there? We see that creating an evolution of our product, which goes from being about data protection to business assurance and resource management. The tenant can move that backup to another cloud. So protection and recovery also becomes migration-as-a-service.”
Safaii said this then makes Trilio a “lynchpin into hybrid cloud”. This reimagining of the use of data recovery is helping enterprises prepare to meet new data laws such as Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which Safaii said will have implications for most globally operating companies. Already, a number of European businesses are avoiding the use of U.S.-based public cloud infrastructure, and some are worried about their UK data centers post-Brexit.
Safaii expects a greater number of clients to be using Trilio, not just for data protection, but to have a single point in time documented for an enterprise’s data center configuration so that can be lifted and shifted to a new location, keeping all the permission and security policies intact.