There’s been a lot of buzz about new approaches to data protection at the NetApp Insight conference in Berlin. With data growth averaging 40% year on year and no end in sight, IT organizations are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve operating efficiencies for all of the copies stored “just in case,” such as for backup, archive, and disaster recovery purposes.
NetApp customers and partners are addressing the problem by designing data protection like a service provider. In fact, it’s now possible to build large-scale, geo-distributed private clouds for backup and archive copies using object storage, an approach that was pioneered by hyperscale cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS). This approach can be combined with AltaVault cloud-integrated appliances, which provide a cache of local disk storage for backup and archive applications, and then compress, deduplicate and encrypt the data before shipping it over a network to an S3-compatible content repository. The S3 repository can be a private cloud, or it can be any of a number of public cloud services.