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UC trends revealed in top news stories of 2017

Microsoft migrating Skype for Business to Teams, Avaya filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and Slack unveiling an enterprise-grade team collaboration platform were some of the headlines that dominated the unified communications and collaboration market this year. These stories reflect the UC trends in a rapidly changing market that is shifting toward cloud and team-based collaboration.

As 2017 comes to a close, take a look back at the top five news stories that reflect the UC trends and topics most important to enterprise decision-makers and IT leaders.

1. Microsoft Teams to replace Skype for Business

Microsoft dominated UC news this year with the announcement that Microsoft Teams would replace Skype for Business Online as its core communications tool within Office 365.

Skype for Business customers will have to re-evaluate their UC strategies, as they might have to overhaul their infrastructure for the migration to Teams. IT leaders also voiced their concerns about the telephony tools in Teams. End users, too, may need additional training to help them adjust to the new interface.

In October, Microsoft released a roadmap that offered customers insight on the Skype for Business features that will be rolled into Teams over the next year, such as audio conferencing, call queues and voicemail.

The Teams migration has led to speculation about how Microsoft might further consolidate overlapping features in its collaboration portfolio, such as possibly replacing Outlook and Yammer with Teams.

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2. Avaya files for bankruptcy

Longtime business communications provider Avaya filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, as it faced a $6 billion debt and declining revenue in a market shifting from hardware to software. The UC vendor planned to revamp its portfolio to focus on software, cloud and managed services. 

However, the bankruptcy filing left customers wondering what would happen to their UC environment if Avaya did not exit bankruptcy, or if it sold key pieces of its portfolio. With four possible outcomes of the bankruptcy filing, many customers were creating backup plans to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

In November, the bankruptcy court approved Avaya’s plan, and the vendor officially emerged from bankruptcy in December.

Avaya will re-enter a competitive UC market dominated by Microsoft and Cisco. The vendor saw declining revenue, as organizations balked at buying their products amid the bankruptcy. Avaya could be buoyed by its presence in the growing markets of communications platform as a service and unified communications as a service (UCaaS) with its wholly owned subsidiary, Zang.

3. Cisco boosts Spark capabilities

Cisco was a top UC topic this year, with several developments around its cloud-based product, Spark. In January, Cisco announced the Spark Board, an interactive display screen and video conferencing system. The Spark Board can also be used as a whiteboard or presentation screen for a laptop or mobile device. Cisco’s Spark Board aims to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Hub.

In March, Cisco unveiled hybrid video conferencing hardware, the Spark Room Kit and Room Kit Plus. The hardware is controllable through the Spark Cloud or Cisco on-premises UC equipment.

In May, Cisco announced it was acquiring AI vendor MindMeld for $125 million. Cisco plans to integrate MindMeld technology with Spark for voice-activated personal assistants.

In August, Cisco made security updates to meet requirements for organizations in regulated industries, such as healthcare, government and finance. The updates include content protection for mobile devices, legal-team access to all documents and messages, and on-premises deployment of Spark Key Server for data encryption and decryption.

4. Vendor acquisitions and market consolidation

Vendor consolidation remained a top UC news item in 2017, with several vendors acquiring or merging with other companies.

In May, Genband and Sonus announced the two companies were merging to create a provider that would support communication service providers and enterprises as they transition to cloud-based communications. The combined company rebranded as Ribbon Communications in October.

Mitel made two acquisitions to boost its cloud offerings. In May, the vendor acquired Toshiba’s UC assets, which included small and large customers with a mix of on-premises, cloud and hybrid deployments. In July, Mitel said it was acquiring ShoreTel for $430 million to double its cloud business and support hybrid cloud UC deployments.

In October, Cisco announced it would acquire BroadSoft for $1.9 billion. Cisco has traditionally focused on larger enterprises, while BroadSoft catered to the SMB space. The acquisition lets Cisco offer a cloud communications portfolio that can support organizations of all sizes. However, the acquisition could create conflict with BroadSoft’s partners that compete with Cisco offerings.

In November, CenturyLink completed its $34 billion acquisition of Level 3. The two companies will merge under the CenturyLink brand. The merger has left questions of what will happen to Level 3’s UC partnerships, which include Unify Square and Amazon Chime.

5. Cloud-based team collaboration gains momentum

As one of the major UC trends in 2017, the team collaboration hype train rolled through 2017, with new offerings entering the market and new capabilities to boost adoption across organizations. Slack, for instance, released its enterprise offering, Slack Enterprise Grid, which offers regulatory compliance, security and added integration with other business apps.

Slack and Teams unveiled new capabilities to support collaboration with external users. Slack added shared channels that are public and can be set up by an administrator to work with third-party apps. Teams’ guest access lets administrators add to Teams anyone listed in an Active Directory account in Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

Google released Hangouts for business apps, which include chat for team messaging and video and audio conferencing. Google has had an inconsistent track record in the enterprise and is playing catch-up to Microsoft, Cisco and Slack. Amazon also entered the cloud UC market with Chime, a conferencing and collaboration service. While Amazon faces competition from the major UC players, the company could gain market share through the clout and financial prowess of delivering Chime through Amazon Web Services.

Cloud UC continued to be a top UC trend in 2017, as adoption grew among organizations of all sizes. A report from IHS Markit found on-premises UC usage will shrink as organizations consider private cloud, UCaaS and hybrid deployments — a trend expected to continue in 2018.

What are the key System Center DPM 2016 features?

There are many commercial data protection tools, but Microsoft updated System Center Data Protection Manager 2016…


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with a number of enterprise-grade features to aid IT pros in their backup and recovery efforts.

System Center DPM 2016 protects and restores data resources deployed in multiple ways — at the system, file, application and VM levels — across the organization to give IT enormous flexibility and granularity in data protection policies and practices.

At the system level, System Center DPM 2016 creates bare-metal backups for 32- and 64-bit client systems that run Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. System Center DPM 2016 protects 32- and 64-bit server systems on Windows Storage Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 with SP1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.

But backups are not an all-or-nothing proposition. DPM also protects at the file level to back up system volumes, folders and individual files on Windows systems.

At the application level, DPM provides native backup and restoration services for major enterprise applications. DPM covers SQL Server, including SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 with SP1, SQL Server 2012 with SP2, SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2016. DPM also protects Exchange Server, including Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016. DPM supports backups for SharePoint, including SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016. DPM 2016 also protects System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), specifically VMM 2012 and VMM 2016 — along with the SP1 and R2 versions.

DPM 2016 supports backup and restoration of VMs in Windows environments. Administrators deploy DPM protection agents in Hyper-V host servers, Hyper-V clusters and individual VMs. DPM safeguards VMs that run Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. DPM also protects Linux that runs as a Hyper-V guest operating system.

DPM 2016 supports three principal backup targets: disk, cloud and tape. Disk is the most common and traditional backup target. The administrator can enlist pools of low-cost, high-volume disks — such as Serial Advanced Technology Attachment or Serial-Attached SCSI — for backup tasks. For additional security, the IT admin can set up replication of this disk storage to an off-site location, such as a secondary data center.

DPM 2016 hooks into the public cloud — specifically through the Azure Backup service — as a backup target. This feature gives the enterprise flexibility and satisfies the need for off-premises storage. While the traditional disadvantages of tape storage mean many organizations have moved on to other options, DPM 2016 works with local and remote tape storage.

A key feature of DPM 2016 is its restoration flexibility … DPM gives the option to rebuild data to alternate destinations.

A key feature of DPM 2016 is its restoration flexibility. Admins can restore data to its original location. However, if that is not possible or desirable, DPM gives the option to rebuild data to alternate destinations or targets.

In System Center DPM 2016, Microsoft introduced what it calls Modern Backup Storage on machines that run Windows Server 2016. The company said the incremental backup feature — which uses Resilient File System block cloning and VHDX functionality — cuts storage needs by 50 percent and shortens backup times by three. Microsoft also added support for resilient change tracking, which eliminated consistency checks and backs up only changed blocks.

CloudBerry backups feature protection from ransomware

CloudBerry backups are hopping aboard the ransomware protection train, with the ability to detect encyrption changes along the way.

The latest update to CloudBerry’s flagship product, CloudBerry Backup, protects a customer’s file-level backups when it discovers ransomware. The product prevents existing CloudBerry backups from being overwritten until an administrator confirms if there is an issue.

Statistics show that ransomware attacks are still prevalent. Requested payment amounts to release encrypted files are also trending up.

“Customers are looking for any type of protection they can get,” said David Gugick, vice president of product management at CloudBerry Lab, which is based in New York City. “You don’t want ransomware to find your backup files.”

Some ransomware, though, is smart enough to encrypt backups. CloudBerry’s off-site cloud backup helps customers follow the 3-2-1 rule of backup, Gugick said. Organizations should have three copies of data on two different media, with one copy off site.

In addition, some ransomware is smart enough to exist on a user’s system without making its presence known right away.

When a customer enables ransomware protection in CloudBerry Backup 5.8, the vendor performs the initial backup and analyzes the bit structure of each file to determine if any files are encrypted. During subsequent backups, CloudBerry compares the original byte structure to the current byte structure, which enables the identification of newly encrypted files.

Customers are looking for any type of protection they can get.
David Gugickvice president of product management, CloudBerry

The customer’s backup plan continues, but CloudBerry prevents existing backups from deletion regardless of retention policies, according to the vendor. Customers can go back to a point in time before the attack and restore from protected CloudBerry backups.

Gugick cautioned that a ransomware protection strategy should be comprehensive and also include user education and security patches.

“Customers should not rely exclusively on backup and disaster recovery,” Gugick said. “This is just a piece of the protection puzzle.”

Waking up from the ransomware ‘nightmare’

Lori Hardtke, president of ByteWize Inc., which provides IT support for small businesses, said one of her clients got hit with a ransomware attack on a server earlier this year, before this new protection feature launched.

“It was the worst nightmare I ever went through,” Hardtke said.

However, the organization restored from CloudBerry backups and didn’t lose any data.

Hardtke recently downloaded the latest CloudBerry Backup software and engaged the ransomware feature, essentially by just checking a box. She welcomed the capability as “another layer of protection.”

Hardtke uses CloudBerry for file-level backups of Windows environments, primarily desktops. Her business, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has roughly 50 clients across the United States. CloudBerry backs up 5.5 TB of data, mainly QuickBooks and standard documents, such as Word files and PDFs.

ByteWize uses Google Cloud Platform as the back end for its storage. CloudBerry does not provide storage; it only  handles backup and disaster recovery, which keeps costs low compared to its competition, Gugick said. The majority of customers use Amazon Web Services, but CloudBerry supports more than 30 cloud storage vendors, also including Google, Microsoft Azure, Backblaze B2, Oracle and Wasabi.

ByteWize switched to CloudBerry in September 2015 after about five years with Jungle Disk backup. Hardtke said she was looking for more innovation and less cost, and she found both with CloudBerry backups. She said she appreciates the steady flow of upgrades with significant enhancements.  

One enhancement Hardtke likes is the ability to do image-based backups. She said it would be helpful to retrieve files out of an image, like she can with Veeam Software, which she also uses to protect data.

CloudBerry's ransomware detection
CloudBerry Backup informs the user when it detects possible ransomware.

What else is new?

The ransomware protection is currently only designed for file-level backup, but Gugick said CloudBerry is planning support for images in a future release.

Other new features in CloudBerry Backup 5.8, which became generally available two weeks ago, include protection for Microsoft Hyper-V 2016 and support for VMware changed block tracking.

CloudBerry has two main backup offerings that support Windows, macOS and Linux. CloudBerry Backup for small businesses and consumers starts at $29.99 for the desktop edition and $119.99 for the server edition, and it features perpetual licenses. CloudBerry Managed Backup for managed service providers and larger businesses offers subscription licensing and starts at $5 per month, per server or desktop for file-level backup and $6 per month, per server or desktop for image-based backup.

CloudBerry backups protect more than 210 PB of data, Gugick said. The vendor claims about 43,000 CloudBerry Backup customers and 4,500 active CloudBerry Managed Backup customers.

GDPR requirements loom for Windows Server admins

The clock is ticking to get your Windows systems ready for the General Data Protection Regulation. To assist with…

these compliance efforts, Microsoft offers several resources to help systems administrators.

A European Union privacy law, GDPR goes into effect in May 2018 and signifies more wide-reaching ramifications for IT than other regulations. For example, while the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is relevant only to healthcare providers, most organizations must adhere to GDPR requirements. The regulation applies to any organization — including those based outside Europe — that processes, collects or stores data of EU citizens.

This sweeping data privacy regulation presents a compliance challenge for even the smallest companies. For example, if a U.S. company sells items from its website to an EU citizen, GDPR applies to that business. Even something minor, such as storing an EU citizen’s phone number on digital media, forces a company to either observe the rules or delete the data.

What is GDPR?

GDPR imposes stringent requirements on how businesses handle the personal data of EU citizens. GDPR will replace the EU’s Data Protection Directive, which only affected organizations with a physical presence in Europe.

The GDPR requirements state that “personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information or a computer’s IP address.”

Organizations subject to GDPR compliance rules will need to retain data processing records that show a strong effort has been made to observe the more than 100 GDPR requirements. Penalties for noncompliance go up to 20 million euros — about $24 million — or up to 4% of a company’s annual revenue, whichever is more.

How does Windows Server help with GDPR?

Although Windows Server 2016 does not have specific features related to GDPR, the OS has other functionality to protect organizations from a data breach.

For example, the Just Enough Admin and the Just in Time Admin features protect against overprivileged administrative accounts. If a business has one administrator whose main responsibility is Active Directory management, then this person usually gets full administrative privileges, even though they just need to perform one specific type of administrative task. The Just in Time Admin and Just Enough Admin features grant the permissions required for a specific task for a limited period of time. The IT department can add an additional layer of security by configuring Windows to validate the administrator’s identity through multifactor authentication before the request is granted.

Another security feature that can help with GDPR compliance initiatives is Windows Defender Credential Guard. New to Windows Server 2016, this feature uses a hypervisor to isolate authentication credentials to restrict access to privileged system software. A similar tool called Windows Defender Remote Credential Guard protects the credentials used for remote desktop sessions.

Windows Defender Device Guard is an application whitelisting tool in Windows Server 2016 that an admin uses to specify which binaries can run on the system to prevent malware attacks. If there is an attempt to execute unauthorized code, Windows Server will block it and log the activity.

Microsoft updated Windows Server’s security auditing capabilities, which is useful for GDPR compliance. The company designed Windows Server 2016 to integrate with security information and event management systems and extended the server OS to support two new types of auditing. For the first time, Windows Server can natively audit group memberships and Plug and Play (PnP) activity. PnP auditing helps admins detect the use of external storage devices.

What else does Microsoft offer?

Microsoft promotes its cloud service as a method to accelerate GDPR compliance. For companies that do not have that option, there are other Microsoft services and tools that can help.

The GDPR Benchmark is a questionnaire that asks about two dozen questions and offers a series of recommendations based on the answers. Figure 1 shows an excerpt from the site.

GDPR survey
Figure 1. Microsoft’s GDPR assessment site provides recommendations based on the answers to a series of questions.

The site asks for the company’s location, size and whether it is a Microsoft partner and then proceeds with a number of GDPR-specific questions. The GDPR Benchmark tool is essentially a Microsoft sales utility, but it has merit to highlight the areas the admin needs to address to meet GDPR requirements.

A Microsoft site dedicated to GDPR offers guidance through a series of documents and videos that can assist organizations though the compliance process.

GDPR Detailed Assessment
Figure 2. The GDPR Detailed Assessment package includes an Excel spreadsheet to measure a company’s level of GDPR compliance.

Figure 2 shows an Excel spreadsheet that is part of the GDPR Detailed Assessment package on the site. The spreadsheet contains more than 100 questions related to how the organization stores, maintains, secures and processes data. Complete the spreadsheet to assess the overall compliance readiness of the organization and which areas require improvement.

Commvault GO: Vendor ‘HyperScales’ data management strategy

The Commvault HyperScale appliance is the latest — and largest — example of how the data protection company has changed in recent years.

The vendor put those changes on display at its Commvault GO user conference in early November. Besides showing off its integrated appliance, Commvault emphasized its software’s role in data management and analytics across on-premises and cloud storage.

Commvault CEO Bob Hammer said the type of scale-out storage HyperScale represents will soon become common. The key is to have all the software pieces in place.

“Everybody and their brother is going to do some scale-out stuff,” Hammer said in an interview at Commvault GO. “But that doesn’t mean, from a customer use case standpoint, it solves their data management problem, their data protection problem, their DR problems, and still highlights data movement, compliance and analytics.”

Commvault long resisted the notion of selling its backup software on a branded Commvault-sold appliance. Hammer maintained Commvault should concentrate on software and let disk appliance vendors handle the backup target.

Bob Hammer, CommvaultBob Hammer

“We don’t want to be in the hardware business,” Hammer said after its largest software rival, Symantec — now Veritas — put its flagship NetBackup application on an integrated appliance in 2010.

But if Veritas couldn’t nudge Commvault into the hardware business, a pair of newcomers could. Startups Cohesity and Rubrik — both with leadership roots from hyper-converged pioneer Nutanix — emerged in 2015 with integrated appliances that went beyond backup. The upstarts called their products converged secondary storage, because they handled data for backup, archiving, test and development, and disaster recovery, and they pulled in the cloud as well as disk for targets. Both have gained traction rapidly with their converged strategy.

Commvault was already headed in a new direction with its software, changing the name from Simpana to the Commvault Data Platform in 2015. Commvault always mixed data management with protection, but critics and even customers found all that functionality difficult to learn and use.

“Commvault was not known as the least expensive solution, or the easiest to use,” said Jon Walton, CIO of San Mateo County in California, and a longtime Commvault customer. “But it was definitely the most flexible. Its challenge was it was seen as a good tool, but not the cheapest. And in government, cheap wins bids. But we were trying to introduce a single tool to back up everything.”

Walton said he took the plunge with Commvault and made sure his staff received the training it needed. “I don’t lose any sleep using this platform for my data,” he said.

Around early 2016, Hammer said it became clear that secondary storage, and some primary storage, was moving to a “cloud-like infrastructure.” Customers were looking for a more unified way to protect and manage their data, both on premises and in public clouds.

“Going way back, I didn’t want to go into the hardware business, but it was clear as day the market was going to be driven by an integrated device,” Hammer said. “We said, ‘OK, we can supply that device,’ and just needed to put partnerships together.”

HyperScale involves hardware, software partners

Commvault HyperScale appliances run on 1U servers from Fujitsu. HyperScale software provides data services on the appliance. Commvault also partners with Red Hat, using Red Hat’s Gluster file system as a foundation for the HyperScale scale-out storage.

Commvault also lined up server vendors Cisco, Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, Lenovo and Super Micro as partners on reference architectures that run HyperScale software and the Commvault Data Platform stack on top.

Cisco became an OEM partner, rebranding HyperScale as ScaleProtect on Cisco Unified Computing System. Commvault sees the 2U UCS server — 4U blades are also planned — as a good fit for the enterprise, while its 1U HyperScale blades handle all secondary data needs for SMBs, remote offices and departments.

Commvault's HyperScale appliance
Commvault showed off its HyperScale integrated appliance at the Commvault GO user conference.

Wrapping all of its features — plus cloud support — on an integrated appliance could help Commvault solve its complexity problems. The vendor already moved to simplify pricing and management in recent years by changing its licensing and selling a targeted bundle for use cases such as cloud storage, endpoint backup and virtual machine protection.

Commvault uses capacity-based licensing for HyperScale, with free hardware refreshes at the end of a three-year subscription.

“I think Commvault recognized the cost challenges and has probably risen to the challenges of meeting those as well as everybody,” San Mateo’s Walton said in an interview at Commvault GO.

Other customers at Commvault GO agreed with Walton that Commvault’s complexity is at least partly the result of ifs comprehensive feature set, and its broad functionality is a selling point.

“It’s a single tool to help us protect structured data, unstructured data, virtual and physical machines,” said John Hoover, IT manager of the database and infrastructure team at the Iowa Judicial Branch. “It’s one pane of glass, one index, one tool to know.”

Hoover said his team includes five people for infrastructure and two database administrators to manage more than 100 million digital court documents.

“We’re busy people. Trying to keep up with multiple tools to protect all that data taxes our time,” he said. “And we have to protect it. An electronic file is the official file of the state. There’s no paper trail anymore.”

Commvault HyperScale fights old foes

Despite moving to an integrated model to take on the likes of Cohesity and Rubrik, Commvault still battles old backup software competitors — mainly Veritas and Dell EMC. Hammer referred to Veritas NetBackup as a “legacy scale-up appliance,” the kind that customers are moving to scale-out models to avoid.

Hammer also challenged Michael Dell during his Commvault GO keynote. Dell EMC is one of Commvault’s HyperScale server partners, but also sells backup and data management software. Hammer pointed to the Dell CEO’s claim that he would pump $1 billion over three years into research and development for an internet of things (IoT) division.

I say, ‘Game on,’ to Michael Dell. You can’t do it with piece parts. It’s not so simple.
Bob HammerCEO, Commvault

“I have news for him,” Hammer said. “We’re going to innovate faster than you are, Michael. Game on.”

Off-stage, Hammer elaborated on Commvault’s relationship with Dell.

“Obviously, they’re a major player with HyperScale. Many customers are going to buy HyperScale with Dell servers,” he said. “That’s where we’re aligned. But it’s a whole different story putting a platform together for IoT and analytics, and that’s where I say, ‘Game on,’ to Michael Dell. You can’t do it with piece parts. It’s not so simple. I’m sure he’ll be in the game, but it’s not an easy thing.”

He should know, because Commvault has already gone down that path.

Druva Cloud Platform expands with Apollo

Druva moved to help manage data protection in the cloud with its latest Apollo software as a service, which helps protect workloads in Amazon Web Services through the Druva Cloud Platform.

The company’s new service provides a single control plane to manage infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service cloud workloads.

Druva, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., sells two cloud backup products, Druva InSync and Druva Phoenix, for its Druva Cloud Platform. The enterprise-level Druva InSync backs up endpoint data across physical and public cloud storage. The Druva Phoenix agent backs up and restores data sets in the cloud for distributed physical and virtual servers. Phoenix applies global deduplication at the source and points archived server backups to the cloud target.

There is a big change going on throughout the industry in how data is being managed. The growth is shifting toward secondary data.
Steven Hillsenior storage analyst, 451 Research

Apollo enables data management of Druva Cloud Platform workloads under a single control plane so administrators can do snapshot management for backup, recovery and replication of Amazon Web Services instances. It automates service-level agreements with global orchestration that includes file-level recovery. It also protects Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud instances.

Druva Apollo is part of an industrywide trend among data protection vendors to bring all secondary data under global management across on-premises and cloud storage.

“There is a big change going on throughout the industry in how data is being managed,” said Steven Hill, senior storage analyst for 451 Research. “The growth is shifting toward secondary data. Now, secondary data is growing faster than structured data, and that is where companies are running into a challenge.”

“Apollo will apply snapshot policies,” said Dave Packer, Druva’s vice president of product and alliance marketing. “It will automate many of the lifecycles of the snapshots. That is the first feature of Apollo.”

Automation for discovery, analysis and information governance is on the Druva cloud roadmap, Packer said.

Druva last August pulled in $80 million in funding, bringing total investments into the range of $200 million for the fast-growing vendor. Druva claims to have more than 4,000 worldwide customers that include NASA, Pfizer, NBCUniversal, Marriott Hotels, Stanford University and Lockheed Martin.

Druva has positioned its data management software to go up against traditional backup vendors Commvault and Veritas Technologies, which also are transitioning into broad-based data management players. It’s also competing with startups Rubrik, which has raised a total of $292 million in funding since 2015 for cloud data management, and Cohesity, which has raised $160 million.

Quorum OnQ solves Amvac Chemical’s recovery problem

Using a mix of data protection software, hardware and cloud services from different vendors, Amvac Chemical Corp. found itself in a cycle of frustration. Backups failed at night, then had to be rerun during the day, and that brought the network to a crawl.

The Los Angeles-based company found its answer with Quorum’s one-stop backup and disaster recovery appliances. Quorum OnQ’s disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) combines appliances that replicate across sites with cloud services.

The hardware appliances are configured in a hub-and-spoke model with an offsite data center colocation site. The appliances perform full replication to the cloud that backs up data after hours.

“It might be overkill, but it works for us,” said Rainier Laxamana, Amvac’s director of information technology.

Quorum OnQ may be overkill, but Amvac’s previous system underwhelmed. Previously, Amvac’s strategy consisted of disk backup to early cloud services to tape. But the core problem remained: failed backups. The culprit was the Veritas Backup Exec applications that the Veritas support team, while still part of Symantec, could not explain. A big part of the Backup Exec problem was application support.

“The challenge was that we had different versions of an operating system,” Laxamana said. “We had legacy versions of Windows servers so they said [the backup application] didn’t work well with other versions.

“We were repeating backups throughout the day and people were complaining [that the network] was slow. We repeated backups because they failed at night. That slowed down the network during the day.”

We kept tapes at Iron Mountain, but it became very expensive so we brought it on premises.
Rainier Laxamanadirector of information technology, Amvac

Quorum OnQ provides local and remote instant recovery for servers, applications and data. The Quorum DRaaS setup combines backup, deduplication, replication, one-click recovery, automated disaster recovery testing and archiving. Quorum claims OnQ is “military-grade” because it was developed for U.S. Naval combat systems and introduced into the commercial market in 2010.

Amvac develops crop protection chemicals for agricultural and commercial purposes. The company has a worldwide workforce of more than 400 employees in eight locations, including a recently opened site in the Netherlands. Quorum OnQ protects six sites, moving data to the main data center. Backups are done during the day on local appliances. After hours, the data is replicated to a DR site and then to another DR site hosted by Quorum.

“After the data is replicated to the DR site, the data is replicated again to our secondary DR site, which is our biggest site,” Laxamana said. “Then the data is replicated to the cloud. So the first DR location is our co-located data center and the secondary DR our largest location. The third is the cloud because we use Quorum’s DRaaS.”

Amvac’s previous data protection configuration included managing eight physical tape libraries.

“It was not fun managing it,” Laxamana said. “And when we had legal discovery, we had to go through 10 years of data. We kept tapes at Iron Mountain, but it became very expensive so we brought it on premises.”

Laxamana said he looked for a better data protection system for two years before finding Quorum. Amvac looked at Commvault but found it too expensive and not user-friendly enough. Laxamana and his team also looked at Unitrends. At the time, Veeam Software only supported virtual machines, and Amvac needed to protect physical servers. Laxamana said Unitrends was the closest that he found to Quorum OnQ.

“The biggest (plus) with Quorum was that the interface was much more user-friendly,” he said. “It’s more integrated. With Unitrends, you need a third party to integrate the Microsoft Exchange.”

Aparavi takes three-piece approach to cloud data protection

Newcomer Aparavi jumped into the cloud data protection field today, following in the footsteps of Cohesity and Rubrik in trying to buck established backup vendors.

Rather than an appliance-based approach, Aparavi launched a software-as-a-service platform aimed at a lower end of the cloud data management market than enterprise-focused Rubrik and Cohesity. But like Rubrik, Cohesity and larger data protection vendors, such as Veritas and Commvault, Aparavi wants to store, protect and manage secondary data across on-premises platforms, private clouds and public clouds.

Aparavi hops into ‘hot market’

Aparavi’s leadership team comes from NovaStor, which moved into online backup for small companies nearly a decade ago.

Jonathan Calmes, Aparavi’s vice president of business development, said it’s not enough to just move backup data into a public cloud. Organizations also need to manage the data after it’s in the cloud. While Rubrik and Cohesity can help enterprises do that, he said, that capability does not exist for smaller organizations.

Today, data is hosted on servers in private clouds, public clouds and on premises. Data is fragmented in many locations. This is the new normal.
Jonathan Calmesvice president of business development, Aparavi

“The world has changed enough, but current products out there have not,” he said. “Cohesity and Rubrik are focused so far up market that they leave a large amount of the market unaddressed. Today, data is hosted on servers in private clouds, public clouds and on premises. Data is fragmented in many locations. This is the new normal.”

Calmes said Aparavi pricing starts at $999 per year for 3 TB of protected source data, with 1 TB free forever. He said with new clouds such as Wasabi focused on lower pricing than Amazon, Google and Microsoft, customers will demand lower-priced data retention, as well.

Still, Aparavi will need a compelling platform to avoid getting squeezed between established cloud data management leaders and the next-generation products of Cohesity and Rubrik.

Steven Hill, senior storage analyst for 451 Research, said Aparavi has picked the right market. Now, it has to show it has the right approach.

“It’s the hot market now,” Hill said of cloud data management. “The industry is evolving away from traditional backup and recovery to a combination of backup and multicloud availability. But the trick is how to go about it.

“The million-dollar question is, how are their policies being applied, and how much control do they give you in tuning the system to your environment? Are they inventing a better mousetrap, or just a different-colored mousetrap?”

Aparavi dashboard
The Aparavi dashboard tracks files protected on premises and in public and private clouds.

The Aparavi approach

Aparavi’s three-piece “mousetrap” consists of a web-hosted platform, an on-premises software appliance and client software. Aparavi can host the platform, or it can be located at a hosted cloud, any Amazon Simple Storage Service-compliant object storage or a customer’s disk target. Calmes said he expects most customers to choose Aparavi as the host. The platform handles the communication for the architecture, orchestrating reporting, alerts and provisioning.

The virtual appliance serves as the relationship manager, using file deduplication and byte-level incremental technology to only move changed data. It also handles data streaming to improve performance.

The client software runs on a protected file server, acting as a temporary recovery location for quick restores. It is also the AES-256 encryption source, so data is not exposed in transit or at rest.

Calmes said Aparavi’s point-in-time recovery software can recover data from any cloud or on-premises storage, migrate it to a different cloud or on-premises site, and rebuild it based on the time and date it was last protected. Aparavi software takes snapshots as frequently as every 15 minutes, and it can keep those snaps local for quick recovery.

Calmes said the product can move data between clouds without interruption, and it has an open data format, so third-party tools can read data without using Aparavi.

Aparavi’s platform supports Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Wasabi, IBM Bluemix, Scality and Cloudian cloud storage.

Besides the 3 TB plan, Aparavi offers annual subscription plans of 10 TB for $2,500 and 25 TB for $4,500. That does not include public cloud subscriptions. Although formally launched with limited availability today, the platform won’t be generally available until January.

Aparavi, which is based in Santa Monica, Calif., has $3 million in funding from a private investor on a $30 million valuation. Calmes said the startup has 15 employees, mostly engineers.

Aparavi chairman Adrian Knapp, CTO Rod Christensen and Calmes all come from NovaStor.