As organizations generate volumes of business data across clouds, they must efficiently protect it as it scales. Clumio’s cloud data platform architecture was designed with this in mind, bringing the cloud values of scalability, integrated support, economics, and faster access to innovation.
Clumio was architected to capitalize on the benefits of the cloud for data protection. For example, Clumio leverages cloud scale by having direct access to S3. Other data protection solutions process data flows into the platform with EC2 resulting in bottlenecks. Clumio avoids the bottleneck problem by transporting data directly into highly scalable and durable object storage.
Building a cloud-native backup application requires architecting a platform on containers and serverless Lambda functions. Clumio simplifies this by breaking an application into microservices, orchestrating them into a workflow. By doing this, Clumio leverages significant AWS compute resources, activating these functions in parallel and completing processing more rapidly.
The control plane and the data plane are separated to deliver scale, performance, and multi-cloud functionality. This separation eliminates data processing from interfering with data movement to or from the cloud. As data is dispersed across clouds, backups will be stored within the same cloud where production data resides. The result is faster data movement, elimination of egress costs, and reduced management complexity.
“Today, data is dispersed across SaaS apps and multiple clouds. Embracing a cloud-native approach to bring data protection to where the data resides is much more effective than trying to bring the data to the infrastructure."Archana Venkatraman, Associate Research Director, IDC
Clumio facilitates efficient backups for cloud distributed environments in several ways. The platform leverages cloud scale by transporting data directly into highly scalable and durable object storage. Data processing such as file indexing and data verification are done completely in the cloud, leveraging the resources of the cloud. The platform employs incremental forever backups, so only changed blocks are read from data sources. Organizations can eliminate time and resources for sizing, deploying, metering charges, or maintaining infrastructure.
Rapid recovery enables fast operational restores from cloud storage. By intelligently reverting just the changed blocks, full object recovery is optimized to either meet or minimize RTOs. Clumio’s powerful search capabilities enable granular, file-level restores so IT admins can search for a specific object. The architecture leverages scale-out serverless compute power in the cloud, to rehydrate backup images quickly, for faster operational recovery of all workloads.
IT teams can manage distributed cloud environments with hundreds to thousands of accounts, from a single user interface. Global policies can be used to configure different sources and applied to volumes of accounts. To maintain visibility, Clumio provides scheduled reports with consolidated views of backups and policy enforcement. IT teams also receive proactive alerts when something needs immediate attention.
Clumio’s RESTful APIs automate administrative tasks so that operations teams can focus on other business-critical initiatives. This also means that as new workloads are deployed, they are automatically included in policy criteria. Account-level operations are automated, reducing administrative time and manual processes.
“As enterprise companies have increasingly turned to the public cloud to solve business problems and deliver business value, it also becomes necessary for them to rethink data protection. Clumio delivers solutions that address backup and recovery on-prem and in the public cloud without planning, sizing and implementation complexities”Mike Thompson, CEO. Groupware Technology
The Clumio reporting engine is built to provide as much or as little visibility as the enterprise needs. A daily summary email goes to designated groups or individuals. From that email, one can gain a quick overview of any backups, success rates, restore rates and alerts. Further drill down into the daily report provides more granular details with timestamps, backups details and restore times. These email reports can run daily or to a custom cadence required by an organization. In addition to reporting, proactive alerts will trigger anything requiring immediate attention.
Clumio comes with different reporting templates that can be customized and adapted to suit the unique needs of an organization. In addition to the daily email, there is compliance and activity reporting. Compliance reports provide visibility of backup performance against policies. Activity reports give details of backup volumes, throughput and recovery activities.
Clumio employs multiple security methods, so that the highest levels of data security are met. Data is always encrypted, before leaving the enterprise and when residing in the Clumio service. Enterprises can supply encryption keys, ensuring full control of their data. Clumio logs show when keys are accessed, providing organizations with a key usage audit for full visibility and control.
To further support Clumio’s security first strategy, a full copy of production data is stored in an air-gapped environment. An enterprise’s data is stored in an immutable format in a domain outside of production. Data is always stored with strong encryption and complex segmentation, creating additional layers against a breach or theft. If production data is compromised, then recovery can be initiated from the full data copy stored in Clumio’s air-gapped service.
Compliance requirements are complicated. Federal, state, and industry regulations can create lengthy and expensive retention terms, requiring organizations to prove they can restore data on demand to satisfy compliance controls. Clumio understands this and is committed to helping organizations achieve it. Organizations cannot afford to be non-compliant with these mandates. Failure can result in heavy penalties and reputational damage. Managing multiple backup solutions is complicated and in the case of an audit, it can be difficult to demonstrate the validity of backups.
Clumio provides a single place to set and apply backup policies, no matter where the data resides. Clumio will discover assets and apply policies across them. Regular reporting allows backup admins and IT teams to know what is in compliance and flag areas at risk. Since Clumio stores backups securely in the cloud, offsite backup requirements are automatically met.
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