The future of digital transformation requires autonomous data services to deliver instant and frictionless outcomes for enterprises and their customers. The success of modern technology is measured not only by what it can do, but also what it can eliminate. Autonomous data services liberate IT teams from repetitive and routine tasks, and accelerate their efforts to innovate and evolve at speed.
The Future of the Enterprise Is Multicloud
The speed of business is accelerating with ubiquitous virtualization and increasing adoption of the cloud and Kubernetes. Mission critical data is spread across on-prem and multiple public cloud infrastructures. Businesses need instant access to data no matter where the app runs, with extreme app availability, data mobility, and a consistent data management experience across on-prem and multiple clouds.
The Virtualization Plane and the Data Plane
Enterprises want to be able to drag-and-drop their data center from one cloud to another. This gives them true freedom without the fear of lock-in. This flexibility demands a uniform experience and mobility across multiple clouds. Doing this requires two things: (i) a consistent virtualization plane and (ii) a consistent data plane. A virtualization plane has orchestration software that manages how applications run in a compute farm, like load balancing, hypervisor, etc. A data plane provides all the data storage related needs for applications, like primary storage, backup, DR, mobility, encryption, etc. Both, a consistent virtualization plane and a consistent data plane, are needed to achieve true mobility across clouds.
VMware and Kubernetes are quickly becoming the defacto solutions for the virtualization plane across multiple clouds. The big remaining challenge, then, is having a consistent data plane.
Data Plane Challenge: Land-Locked & Cloud-Locked Solutions
Data Silos: The data lifecycle requires high-performance primary storage, encryption, backup, disaster recovery, data mobility, and consistent compliance policies. Enterprises currently buy 5+ products for these functions, which creates data silos. This land-locks the data because these silos cause friction and cannot move together as organizations attempt to move to the cloud or perhaps move back from it to on-prem environments.
Cloud Silos: The cloud is no different, as the same data functions are needed and data is siloed the same way. Data distributed across multiple clouds results in more silos with no global organizing principle. Data mobility across clouds is another big and expensive challenge.
Autonomous Multicloud Data Services
Datrium offers a unified software platform across on-prem and public clouds that converges primary storage with record-breaking performance, encryption, backup, disaster recovery, data mobility, and universal data management. This enables autonomous data lifecycle management with a uniform frictionless experience across on-prem and multiple clouds. Datrium’s autonomous data services eliminate the repetitive and complex routine tasks that are needed to manage the data from birth to termination. By converging the services around data, it now becomes possible to drag-and-drop an entire data center from one cloud to another because all the necessary data services and policies move with the data. And finally, all of the data across multiple clouds can have a global organizing principle.
A Path to the Future with Universal Data Management
Instant outcomes for IT: Leverage any cloud, instantly move across on-prem and public cloud, and have a uniform experience. Organize mission-critical data from birth to death with a unified platform spanning on-prem and multicloud deployments.
Mitigate risk with advanced governance: Define your business intent with global data policies and let the autonomous data services achieve it with zero touch.
Immediate quantifiable benefits: IDC states that the Datrium ROI is 5 months across customers in a dozen verticals, with some deployments seeing ROI in as little as 1 week.
Datrium is helping leaders in verticals like telcos, healthcare, and manufacturing to consolidate, secure, and manage the data lifecycle of enterprise apps across on-prem and public cloud infrastructures. We would love to get feedback on the ideas presented here. You can find me on twitter @sazzala, or drop me a line over email at email@example.com.