Google Cloud Summit: Seattle in Review

I began the trip to the Google Cloud Summit in Seattle with a summit of my own — enjoying a jam-packed weekend in Olympic National Park northwest of the city. My camping trip was packed into my carry-on bags — the only item I needed to rent was a bear canister with a lock (locks […]

The Future of Cloud Backup and DR is SaaS

Like any solution in a data center, legacy backup and recovery vendors eventually wear out their welcome and struggle to evolve with the growing needs of their customer’s business. The process of evaluating new vendors takes time and energy, and there are a myriad of challenges associated with procuring new solutions.  As we start to […]

How to Use Cloud Backup Data for Analytics in Google Cloud Platform

Most organizations hope that they never have to access or restore their backup data in the cloud. Hence they view cheap cloud storage as the graveyard…where backup data goes to die. So how do you turn a backup graveyard into an analytics playground? What if you could “reuse” the backup data in the cloud for […]

Evaluating Cloud Backup & DR Solutions – A Checklist for Cloud Architects

cloud backup checklist

IDC research paper says that 90% of organizations are planning to utilize the cloud for backup and DR.  In my customer conversations, cloud backup and DR use case comes up 100% of the time. They want to protect their on-premises workloads to a public cloud such as AWS, Azure, GCP, IBM, for the reasons below: […]

The Grand Prix is About to Start, but Where is the Pit Crew?

Supporting High-Performance Databases with Actifio on Azure Ultra Disk

Fast speeds with Microsoft Azure Ultra Disk supporting mission-critical applications needs a high-performance pit crew to support sustained peak performance Microsoft just announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure’s Ultra Disk – the fastest virtual disk in public clouds, targeted at high-performance workloads like Oracle, SQL Server, and in-memory databases like SAP HANA. It boasts […]

SaaS + Google Cloud Platform = The Perfect Team

SaaS + Google Cloud Platform = The Perfect Team

In my two previous blogs (check them out here and here), I’ve talked about challenges that Operations and App Dev/Analytics teams face with massive amounts of copy data. This copy data is used for backup, recovery, DR, testing, analytics, etc. and can become a burden for organizations to manage, especially as this copy data grows […]

Google Cloud Platform Solves Some Copy Data Challenges, But Not All

Google Cloud Platform Solves Some Copy Data Challenges, But Not All

In my previous blog, I talked about how Operations and App Dev/Analytics teams struggle with the need for multiple copies of production data (the “copy data” problem). These teams turn to cloud solutions like Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to help address some of these challenges with features like flexibility, on-demand storage/compute, unlimited scalability, etc. However, […]

Tackling the Copy Data Problem with Google Cloud Platform

Production data from VMs, databases and physical servers are the lifeblood of any IT organization. Since this data is so critical, there are a select few people who have access to it. However, many groups in the organization need copies of this production data for a variety of reasons. These groups of people commonly come […]

Migrating SAP HANA to the public cloud

Migrating SAP HANA to the public cloud

Enterprises all over the world are looking to migrate SAP workloads running on premises to the cloud. The big question is, how will they migrate their SAP HANA data to the public cloud, especially for Tier 1 workloads like SAP production databases? Approaches such as custom scripts, native database replication, and recovering from backups suffer […]

Traditional Backup and Recovery Challenges with SAP

The traditional way of backing up SAP is using the Backint API. Backint APIs result in periodic full backups to either a local storage cache on the production from where the data is copied onto the backup server or to an NFS mount point where the data gets stored on the NFS share and then […]

5 Cloud Snapshot Challenges for SAP

Cloud Snapshot Challenges for SAP

How do snapshots work in the public cloud? Snapshots work at the disk/volume level. Snapshots create a full copy of the volume for the first time and then incremental copies  after that. All snapshots are stored in object storage in the cloud. Cloud snapshot challenges Following are some of the challenges associated with the cloud […]

3 Modern Data Trends: Key Takeaways from Data Driven 2019 General Sessions

Data Driven 2019 was all about the increasingly innovative ways we are using data and showcasing companies that are leading the way. Whether you work in the entertainment industry, air travel, or sports, there are probably better ways to incorporate data into your business strategy then what you are currently doing. Below is a quote […]