EMC has announced that it is delivering an Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution which finally produces the outcome that customers want; a fully operational hybrid cloud, fast. And by fast I mean in as few as 28 days. That’s infrastructure-as-a-service, fully automated and self-service to enable app developers and sys admins to consume IT services. So why is that news? Well frankly, despite the promise of hybrid clouds, building one has not been that easy for many customers. So by taking the guesswork out of integration, testing, establishing infrastructure services and automation workflows, you can save a lot of time and money. And the faster you get to the outcome of an operational hybrid cloud, the faster you start accelerating the business.
But there was more to this announcement that should catch the eye of IT and business decision makers, and that’s the seamless integration of data protection services into EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud. You see, trusting a hybrid cloud is the first step to fully leveraging its transformational capabilities. Ensuring your data is always protected, wherever it is, against whatever might happen, is a big part of that.
This boils down to three fundamental requirements for a well-protected hybrid cloud.
- Protecting data wherever it lives.
A hybrid cloud by definition means data can move from on-premise to a cloud, from private to public clouds and between cloud providers. It’s imperative that data protection policies move with the data regardless of where it was created and where it lives over its lifetime. The IT team needs this assurance, as they consider various cloud combinations, to fully optimize workloads and data storage for the best interest of the business. Otherwise, they will be reluctant to move aggressively to fully exploit the hybrid cloud model.
- Service level driven data protection.
One size fits all data protection still doesn’t work. Just because data is moved to a cloud doesn’t mean you can simply settle for whatever is available. Data protection and availability policies as well as SLA’s must reflect the value of the data to the business, and that will vary. Customers need to think of data protection as a continuum of services that span everything from availability and replication to snapshots, backup and archive. A well-protected hybrid cloud will allow for a data protection continuum to ensure the right level of protection across all of your data.
- Common management and self-service data protection.
Requirements 1 and 2 aren’t practical unless they can be managed through a common set of services delivered through a self-service portal. It is here where EMC has been making enormous progress through the simplification and automation of the process that provisions data protection services for IT as well as end users. End users don’t want to wait and IT doesn’t want the complexity associated with managing data protection through multiple interfaces. With EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution, end users can get the service level they demand and IT can now become a broker of services.
The EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution shared its debut with another EMC announcement. Read Russ Stockdale’s blog to learn about the latest additions to the EMC family: Spanning and Maginatics. EMC is doubling down on cloud data protection to make sure your data is protected, wherever it is, whatever might happen.
And, be sure to check out EMC Core Technologies CTO Stephen Manley’s viewpoint in this video.