AWS Re:Invent: Data Protection With Flexibility And Efficiency

By Penny Gralewski

Data was the common theme that connected the recent AWS re:Invent 2017 keynotes, announcements and sessions. The conference reinforced that cloud is a scalable, flexible option for the workloads, applications and databases that drive business. But data – accurate data and well-protected data – is a requirement for new initiatives to be successful.

3 Popular AWS data protection questions

As a re:Invent Platinum sponsor, the Commvault team was active across re:Invent breakout sessions, the Global Partner Summit and expo. We enjoyed meeting so many cloud-focused professionals making real change in their organizations, but discovered three very consistent AWS data protection questions.

They illustrate the scope of what organizations are looking to accomplish with AWS. The questions also show many organizations are still in the early stages of thinking about comprehensive data management for the files, applications, databases, hypervisors and big data sets that they want to move to AWS.

1. Why do I need data protection software when AWS is already secure?

Yes, AWS is known as a highly secure public cloud. Amazon demonstrated this at AWS with news about its top-secret government service options, numerous re:Invent presentations from financial institutions, and even a NASA speaker showcasing a 4K live stream from space.

A Tweet from an AWS employee put it best: “Don’t confuse infrastructure durability with data protection strategy.”

AWS CTO Werner Vogels echoed this sentiment in his technology keynote. He strongly reminded developers and IT leaders that encryption is needed at all times. Protecting your AWS workloads is your responsibility.

Commvault comprehensive cloud data management helps AWS customers meet their requirements in the AWS Shared Responsibility Model. Commvault software can encrypt data in flight and at rest, so you can take on creative AWS projects and be more reassured that data protection is a part of your plan.

Just as Commvault helps protect data in the physical data center, data can also be protected in public cloud services.

2. How can Commvault help with data migration, including very large workloads?

IT leaders were energized by the many new re:Invent announcements, but shared their main challenge: moving large volumes of data to AWS.

Two big surprises for these re:Invent participants were the native integration of the Commvault platform with AWS and the breadth of Commvault support for AWS services.

Extensive Commvault platform capabilities for workload backup, recovery, deduplication, compression and policy management help you manage your data, workloads and apps in AWS. Commvault software includes automation and orchestration to speed data migration projects.

For many, the other surprise was Commvault support for a broad range of AWS offerings:

  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon RDS
  • Amazon S3 and S3-IA
  • Glacier
  • Snowball

If you’re considering using the AWS Cloud or have made that decision, make sure that you maximize your investment by checking out Commvault solutions for AWS.

3. Who is using Commvault and AWS for data protection?

At re:Invent we were able to share the experiences of many customers who use Commvault and AWS for data protection, but the best way to hear the story is from an actual customer.

Jon Walton, CIO of the The County of San Mateo, California presented his story of achieving better responsiveness for disaster readiness, improved RTOs and RPOs, scalability and long term cost reduction.

In a Commvault-sponsored re:Invent session, he highlighted the combination of Commvault and AWS enabling his team to find efficiency in modernizing the government infrastructure. He explained an efficient IT team can better serve customers, ranging from hospital patients to district attorneys.

He also explained the reassurance that comes from a cloud-based disaster recovery plan. San Mateo County lies on the San Andreas fault line, one of the most earthquake prone areas in the United States. Backup tapes likely wouldn’t be recoverable in an earthquake that destroyed roads, so the team created an AWS S3-based disaster recovery plan that provides more efficiency and reliability.