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Creating a private cloud

Companies that want the scalability and economic benefits of a shared infrastructure, and to maintain full custody and control of their corporate assets, may choose to develop a private cloud

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infrastructure. A private cloud infrastructure is intended for a single organization, but it delivers on-demand network access to a shared pool of elastic IT resources just like a public cloud. In this case, corporate sites use local, perpetually licensed backup apps to perform backup tasks and store backup data in the off-site private cloud. Most backup vendors’ products are based on multi-tenant architectures and can be used in private cloud implementations. Furthermore, several backup vendors are integrating with VMware vCloud Director in anticipation of its role in private and MSP-enabled clouds.

Single-vendor integrated backup

Cloud integration for backup is greatly simplified when the on-premises technology and cloud IaaS come from the same vendor, such as with EVault and SunGard Availability Services. With these implementations, on-premises software or an all-in-one backup appliance provides local protection, and off-site replication to the vendor’s cloud facilitates disaster recovery. SunGard’s Recover2Cloud for Server Replication replicates physical and virtual systems to the cloud, while Recover2Cloud for Vaulting copies backup sets to the SunGard cloud. EVault Plug-n-Protect is an on-premises appliance that combines with EVault Offsite Replication Service, which replicates the on-site “vault” to the EVault cloud to create a cloud-integrated solution. In addition to the “one throat to choke” benefits of dealing with a single vendor for an end-to-end solution, what stands out with these vendors is that they also offer recovery services where teams at the cloud data center can facilitate recovery in the cloud infrastructure.

This was first published in April 2012

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