Workloads on Azure Government Cloud in many countries including Canada can now be backed up, restored to different regions and recovered to a different region if desired.
Boston-based HYCU, which began as a Nutanix-focused backup provider and has since greatly expanded its realm to become a multi-cloud data protection as-a-service company, has announced new functionality within its HYCU Protégé platform in their latest release. Customers now have the ability to do a one-click spin-up of Applications onto Azure Gov Cloud, protect data on commercial and Government clouds and spin down the data from Gov Cloud onto local on-prem infrastructure. The new cross-cloud restore and recovery capabilities let customers do disaster recovery into AWS and protect data onto any S3 compatible cost-efficient public storage providers, like Wasabi, allowing recovery to any public cloud of their choice.
These moves come on the heels of HYCU announcing their Series B funding round in June 2022, which included the Series A investors, plus new strategic investors like Atlassian, Cisco and Okta. They also build on the August launch of a free tier of HYCU Protégé for AWS.
“This is a free, fully managed backup for AWS, built natively for EC2, and which is being offered as a free SaaS service,” said Subbiah Sundaram, HYCU’s SVP of Products. “Recovery is key and we provide this with simple UI- driven recovery, in which the customer owns their own data and no one else has access. This was available to a small group when we announced it, and it will be available to everyone at Re:Invent.
“We have also had a rebranding effort,” Sundaram said. “Our new CMO considered that our branding didn’t reflect where we are and what we are doing – which is to make it a safer world, by eliminating data siloes and providing end to end data protection. Others see eliminating siloes as eliminating software. We see it as protecting at scale.”
The new enhancements include the ability to better protect workloads on Azure Government Cloud, by assuring that they can be backed up, restored to different regions and recovered to a different region if desired.
“Commercial SaaS services don’t work in the Azure Government Cloud,” Sundaram stated. “We have created a service that will allow running in government projects, which is completely agentless, and which requires only one click to go on cloud migration and disaster recovery. There is usually an 18-month cycle for FedRamp, and even then you don’t get the latest functionality.”
Sundaram noted that this isn’t just for the U.S.
“Many governments, including Canada, have certified for the Azure cloud,” he said.
Customers can now also leverage HYCU Protégé to achieve cost-effective disaster recovery into AWS, either as a backup target or protect AWS native workloads. HYCU Protégé also now minimizes infrastructure cost in AWS with its on-demand disaster recovery, only spinning up those resources when you need them.
The new cross-cloud restore and recovery capabilities let customers protect data onto any S3 compatible cost-efficient public storage providers, like Wasabi, and facilitates disaster recovery to any public cloud of their choice. This allows them to eliminate the need to provide DR functionality only for a small set of dataset, and allows rapid recovery across the entire data set when needed.
“Once they have the data on Wasabi or another managed service provider, they can spin it onto any public cloud,” Sundaram said. “It also leverages our built-in ransomware capabilities like the Ransomware Readiness Assessment, which is not new, but is now extended to the choice of backup targeted.”
Expanded options for edge and remote Office backup are also provided. Now HYCU allows customers to half their infrastructure required in the edge and remote office locations by eliminating the need for full data protection infrastructure in every one of those locations and leveraging the public cloud storage targets. The latest update provides customers additional flexibility by expanding supported technology integrations to include Scality S3 WORM, Nutanix AOS 6.5 LTS, Nutanix Objects 3.5 and Qstar v7.