VMblog’s Expert Interviews: Comtrade Software Talks Business Requirements, Data Protection and Challenges with Virtual Environments
I recently had the opportunity to have an educational discussion with Goran Garevski, VP Engineering at Comtrade Software as things relate to virtual environments. This is an area where Comtrade Software has expertise, and they are a leading provider of monitoring and data protection solutions for hyperconverged infrastructures. In fact, the company just recently unveiled HYCU, a purpose-built data protection solution for the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.
has been the biggest disruption in IT over the past few
years that has heavily impacted the way how virtualized
workflows are managed?
Goran Garevski: The biggest disruption in IT over the past few years is definitely the emergence
of the cloud, public cloud in particular. The emergence of the cloud meant the
infrastructure would be “hidden” from both IT and business users and would be enforced
by simple and understandable Service Level Objectives (SLOs). This in turn
meant managing and using IT became much more intuitive, agile and easy to
business requirements for virtual environments change in the context of the
Garevski: The use of the public cloud introduced a new way of approaching IT. It
introduced scale-out capabilities, data protection as a service, consumption
based pricing/cost and end user (tenant) portals. Compare that with traditional
IT where the majority of business owners had been forced to cope with internally-focused
challenges: maintenance hours, ad hoc purchasing, scalability challenges on the
network and especially storage side, need for more servers, separate backup
admins, separate network admins, and so on. It is natural that people started
to express their expectations and requirements in “public cloud fashion” and were
looking for IT to instantly understand, respond and implement that.
have IT organizations and processes changed based on the disruptions above?
Garevski: IT organizations needed to evolve to take advantage of these new changes.
We’re seeing this extensively within our own customer base. Virtualization
admins are beginning to transform more toward private cloud admins. In the
classic IT groups like the networking group, the backup group and the security
group – people continue to operate in a legacy mode though. At the same time,
these groups offloaded a portion of some existing responsibilities
(backup/recovery/DR) to the platform/cloud group. Based on this, a new role
that is gaining influence has emerged, the private cloud admin. Without that
position, IT is completely inefficient. Having multiple groups managing the
cloud leads to a situation where there are too many cooks in the kitchen! The
result of that will always be failure.
is the biggest challenge in today’s modern virtual IT environment?
Garevski: The biggest challenge in the modern IT environment is definitely
catching up with the economics and functionality of the public cloud. Consumption
pricing/chargeback, scale-out and infrastructure agility are just a few of the
main challenges. And even if you acknowledge that some components of the IT
stack have these capabilities, usually the nightmare happens when someone wants
to synchronize and apply these methods across all IT areas (computing, storage,
has data protection for virtual environments evolved and what are the
biggest challenges users/customers face now?
Garevski: The emergence of hyper-converged platforms has enabled an efficient way
of having the public cloud behaviour across the core IT stack: computing,
storage and network. With that said, the challenge happens when you introduce applications,
and especially the accompanying management services that are necessary to protect
these applications, like monitoring and data protection. The worst thing is to
have these services as a separate silo, because the outcome of cloud/legacy
integration is always legacy – economics and efficiency wise.
should be the ideal data protection solution for the new virtual world?
Garevski: In the modern cloud (ideally hybrid between the public and on-premises)
data protection should be provided as a service (DPaaS). This is the only way
to have efficient infrastructure without disruption. DPaaS should be able to
breathe and live with the platform/cloud. Data protection services should grow
and shrink together with the cloud and even more important to provide the same
are the skills required for managing the modern virtual environments? Have they
changed in light of the disruptions and challenges and evolution of data protection?
Garevski: Managing the modern virtual environments (here we refer to the hybrid
cloud) requires strong knowledge of the complete IT stack. Only in that case IT
personnel will be able to properly troubleshoot and optimize the environment. Especially
when the stack below the cloud management tools is a combination of software
defined storage, server virtualization and advanced network configuration. For
example, it will be very tough to have just backup skills and not understand
the platform/cloud. We are entering the
phase of the ultimate consolidation and virtualization of the complete IT stack
– on premises and public cloud. Welcome to the “easy-to-use scale-out mainframe
= the super cloud!”.
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