More than DR – Future Proof Your IT Investment

By Shannon Snowden, Zerto’s Sr. Technical Marketing Architect

October 2015 is a red-letter month in history. That’s when Back to the Future (BTTF) said we’d have flying cars, Jaws 19 and hover boards.

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It’s also the movie where Biff is the beneficiary of some timeline shenanigans. Curious? Here’s how Biff rose to the top.

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Caption: Biff at the BiffCo headquarters.

Ok, that’s fun, but let’s get back to reality.

Let’s talk about alternate timelines for your data. What will the platform be, what will it be running on and where will it be located? How do you ensure workload mobility in the future? Whatever happens, be ready. That’s much easier said than done – unless you have a time machine.

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Caption: Doc discusses alternate timelines with Marty

At the AWS re:Invent conference last week, there were so many sessions discussing how start-ups and emerging companies were using AWS services, but there were also several enterprise companies talking about how they use or augment their infrastructure with AWS.

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One thing is clear from the trends discussed. There is a decidedly cloud-centric shift that is happening at both the innovator and established levels of companies. But that is the nature of IT. It’s always changing.

What if you don’t want to change or use the cloud? You settle on what seems to be an established thing with an established hardware company. Sure, you’re paying a bit more, but you get stability. Except even hardware companies are not immune to radical change. Dell just bought EMC; a year ago, who was predicting that?

Will public clouds become the dominant solution for enterprises? No one really knows.

The trick is to be prepared as you can be to whatever timeline you’re living. Whether it’s private, public or hybrid clouds, having a tool that is focused on federation and flexibility enables you to transition to whatever is next seamlessly and without having to management multiple interfaces. So if your environment either is or has:

  1. Private cloud – on premise to another on premise data center
  2. Satellite offices with different hypervisors
  3. Hybrid clouds, with some workloads going to a cloud service provider and some staying on premise
  4. Public cloud – some or all of the workloads going to a public cloud like AWS.
  5. Whatever comes next – this is the great unknown in IT.

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Keeping the technology focused on usability is the most important thing to be prepared.

In our upcoming webinar, we’ll be discussing how Zerto can help your data survive whatever comes next. Register here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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