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Were you one of the lucky 21,000 attendees living it up in San Francisco with Steve Young, Lindsay Vonn, and OneRepublic at VMworld 2019?

What a show!

Couldn’t make it this year and worried about FOMO?

Relax, we also have you covered. Check out our top five virtualization takeaways from VMworld 2019 and how they relate to your data protection strategy.

1. VMware spending remains strong

Data: E*TRADE

According to the VMworld 2019 IT Spending Survey, conducted by Enterprise Technology Research, 41 percent of IT pros plan to increase their spending on VMware in the second half of the year over the first half. Only 7 percent expect to decrease spending [1].

This increased expenditure in VMware goes hand-in-hand with the rise of IT virtualization and the maturity of the cloud marketplace in an effort to consolidate servers and reduce costs. Many of the top cited benefits included:

  • Increased IT flexibility and scalability
  • Streamlined data center management
  • Faster provisioning of applications
  • A more consistent digital environment across the organization
  • Reduced IT infrastructure expenses

Protecting virtual environments is becoming increasingly more complicated as the amount of data, applications, and VMs continue to rise. Rapid VMware adoption has subsequently created opportunities for centralized data protection solutions that can simplify, automate, and secure virtual environments.

2. Veeamazing Data Protection for vSphere

Andy Grammer rocked the house at the Legendary Veeam Party.

But Veeam also solidified its position as the market-leader in VMware backup and recovery software. During their hybrid cloud management breakout session titled, “Enhancing Data Protection for vSphere,” the Veeam product team shared a sneak peek at how the 2-in-1 backup and replication software leverages the vSphere APIs to achieve continuous data protection (CDP) for Tier-1 workloads with near-zero recovery time objectives (RTOs).

Veeam enables single click restore capabilities to restore full VM environments within minutes. Managed Veeam deployments also bypass complicated provisioning steps to restore an entire vSphere VM directly from image-level backup files spun-up to production within minutes.

Veeam also showcased enhanced functionality which allows any backup workload to be restored to vSphere; including Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV as well as physical & cloud workloads. The flexibility within Veeam’s backup file format provides an unmatched advantage to IT departments utilizing VMware hypervisors.

3. The Multi-Cloud Market Is Solidifying

With the acquisitions of Pivotal and Carbon Black, VMware is now expanding its strategy to expand market share within multi-cloud environments.

A 2018 Gartner survey reports that 81 percent of public cloud users leverage two or more separate providers [2]. Worldwide public cloud service revenue also grew to nearly $183 billion in 2018 according to technology market research firm, IDC [3]. This research presents a clear opportunity for VMware within multi-cloud deployments.

Many of these multi-cloud deployments are disaggregated and depend on native out-of-the-box orchestration policies. The fragmented data sources also increase the required level of administration while hyperscale public cloud provides aren’t purpose-built to protect your data.

Cloud backup and disaster recovery services are primary use cases for multi-cloud adoption. Instead of leveraging a single provider and a “one cloud fits all” approach, IT departments have the ability to process workloads on clouds that specialize in that type of service. This approach allows you to optimize your cloud investment and achieve the best business outcome based on the unique system requirements.

4. Growing Storage Costs

VMware and other virtualization technologies provide instant access to additional computing resources. But the rise in virtualized environments also requires additional storage capacity which subsequently increases costs.

As the amount of data under management and the number of virtualized workloads grow, so does the level of complexity within the data center as well as the expertise required to design a viable data protection strategy. Many IT departments will also try to run multiple VMs on a single physical host and struggle to define the various storage requirements for the inputs and outputs.

Many hyperscale public cloud providers offer entry-level storage costs measured in pennies. For many rudimentary applications and low priority workloads with flexible availability requirements, the hyperscale public clouds present a viable solution. But when you start adding network egress, operational administrative expenditures, data retrieval, and the compounding storage of data for long-term retention, you may be shocked by the total-cost-of-ownership (TCO).

5. Kubernetes Takes Center Stage

One of the biggest announcements from VMware is their full support for containers and Kubernetes as a result of their Pivotal acquisition.

If may be asking yourself, “kuber-what?” But don’t worry. It’s still a recently new platform used to automate virtual-container operations. Let us explain.

What is Kubernetes?

Image: Kubernetes

Kubernetes (or k8) is an open source platform developed by Google engineers in 2014 that automates Linux container operations. The platform is designed to eliminate many of the manual processes involved with deploying and scaling containerized operations. Google developed Kubernetes as an internal platform to process their 2 billion container operations a week.

As the use of Kubernetes continues to grow (and now has the ability to run on VMware), backing up the configuration of these clusters is becoming ever more critical. Native backup options are built into Kubernetes by default. But storage latency and complex network configuration can complicate remote backup operations and retention policies can run up a bill.

Even though the Kubernetes technology competes directly with VMware, the company is taking a proactive approach by extending the vSphere to incorporate Kubernetes and betting big with their acquisitions of Pivotal and Heptio.

Want to Talk Virtualized Data Protection?

The reduction of servers doesn’t always equate to better data protection. The rise of virtualization and the emerging trends present new security challenges that legacy data protection systems simply cannot support.

So whether you’re new to virtualization or an industry veteran looking for a second opinion for your data protection policies, we invite you to explore how OffsiteDataSync secures virtual environments by scheduling a solution consultation with a OffsiteDataSync data protection expert today.

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