Customers are looking for ways to easily manage and protect their workloads in a multi-cloud world with more freedom to choose vendors seamlessly and avoid the obvious vendor lock-in challenge. The daunting task of scattering data over many locations can create compliance risks, synchronization issues, and duplication of data across clouds. All of this can drive up resource costs and lead to inefficient backup processes with low reliability. In addition, the migration of data from one cloud to another is subject to high egress costs.
Dell Technologies Cloud PowerProtect for Multi-Cloud, announced today at Dell Technologies World, solves these challenges with a fully managed service that provides a single target for backup and recovery for all three of the major cloud players today; AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.
The multi-cloud capability is enabled by low latency, high throughput connections from a Dell EMC PowerProtect appliance in a central location adjacent to the public cloud providers. This architecture enables dynamic connectivity between backup source locations in the cloud and the PowerProtect for Multi-cloud service. This gives the customer end-to-end flexibility to adjust throughput and backup windows to meet data protection policies as part of an overall IT strategy without resource underutilization and management overhead.
The primary use cases that are provided with this service are:
- Cloud disaster recovery allows the restoration of point-in-time data availability to any public cloud provider in the event of data failure or data loss, avoiding cloud vendor lock-in.
- Backup to protect on-premises data in a cloud-adjacent location by leveraging familiar and trusted array-based replication from on-premises PowerProtect DD appliances replicating to the PowerProtect for Multi-cloud service.
- Long-Term Retention (cloud-tiering) is available for data on-premises and/or in the cloud. PowerProtect for Multi-cloud can be a remote site to protect data that needs to be retained for regulatory requirements (governance and compliance) as well as for workload migrations.
This service is powered by PowerProtect appliances, which deliver enterprise-grade features to meet stringent governance and compliance policies and up to up to 65x data deduplication¹ leading to greater storage efficiency and lower costs. Plus, customers can realize even more cost savings with zero egress fees when leveraging this solution with Microsoft Azure.
In a nutshell, this solution brings the same features and benefits of an on-premises PowerProtect appliance to multi-cloud, delivered as a service.
PowerProtect for Multi-cloud builds on the Dell Technologies Cloud Storage for Multi-Cloud Offerings. Storage for Multi-cloud includes capabilities based on PowerMax, PowerStore, PowerScale and Dell EMC Unity XT as well as Disaster Recovery as-a-Service for VMware environments.
¹ Based on Dell EMC internal testing of PowerProtect DD with DDOS 7.0 and NetWorker with DD Boost, July 2020. Actual results may vary.