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#108 – Druva Cloud-Native Data Protection with Curtis Preston (Sponsored)

Chris EvansData Management, Guest Speakers, Sponsored

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In this week’s episode, Chris talks to W. Curtis Preston.  Curtis is a long-time and well-known industry expert in the backup area and now Chief Technologist at Druva.  Data protection in a multi-cloud world introduces new challenges compared to traditional on-premises backup.  As a result, Druva has developed a cloud-native platform that protects on-premises, cloud, endpoint and SaaS applications.

What does cloud-native actually mean?  Chris and Curtis discuss the benefits of using native AWS public cloud services like S3, DynamoDB, RDS and EC2 instances.  Compared to on-premises backup, where hardware is procured to meet high watermark peaks, public cloud data protection can be scaled on demand.  This allows Druva to support customers with a cost model more closely aligned to actual usage.

What are the challenges of running purely from public cloud?  Clearly there are issues with network bandwidth and getting that first backup in place.  Druva uses Snowball Edge devices to both seed first backup and will support disaster recovery via Snowball devices in the future.

To learn more about Druva, visit www.druva.com.  To follow Curtis on Twitter, follow @wcpreston or log onto Curtis’ data protection portal, www.backupcentral.com where you can find Curtis’ new podcast.

Elapsed Time: 00:38:50


  • 00:00:00 – Intros
  • 00:01:30 – Understanding Cloud-native data protection
  • 00:02:09 – What data protection offers does Druva offer?
  • 00:04:00 – Don’t forget to backup your SaaS data!
  • 00:04:50 – Lift and shift or build backup natively for the cloud
  • 00:06:40 – Dynamic scaling of AWS resources like EC2
  • 00:08:28 – DynamoDB, RDS, S3, EC2 all Druva cloud components
  • 00:09:30 – Charging is based on deduplicated backup data stored.
  • 00:10:22 – Using Snowball Edge for “first backup” transfer
  • 00:11:20 – Is there an issue running in a single Druva account?
  • 00:13:20 – How does customer geography affect data backup?
  • 00:14:58 – Druva create a blueprinted build to support new AWS regions
  • 00:16:37 – Who pays for bandwidth and egress charges?
  • 00:19:00 – Giant servers, giant tape libraries, giant networks!
  • 00:20:20 – Druva does source-side deduplication to reduce network traffic
  • 00:22:55 – How are multiple cloud providers supported?
  • 00:24:30 – How are full server and entire data centre restores achieved?
  • 00:27:00 – Druva performs “surgery” on backup images to convert to AMI
  • 00:29:36 – DR is the perfect workload for the public cloud
  • 00:32:00 – Endpoint analytics are already in place – e.g. ransomware
  • 00:34:00 – With SaaS, the charging process is already in place for new features
  • 00:36:00 – Approaching a $100m run rate
  • 00:37:30 – Wrap Up

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Curtis’ Bio

W. Curtis Preston, also known as Mr. Backup. has been in the backup and recovery industry for over 25 years. Curtis has designed and implemented backup systems for the world’s largest companies, is the author of three O’Reilly books on the topic, as well as  the webmaster of backupcentral.com. After following the industry for more than two decades, Preston joined Druva as its Chief Technologist in 2018. Druva’s industry-leading Data Management-as-a-Service platform unifies data protection, governance and intelligence across enterprise data, delivering enterprise-level scalability and security, while reducing cost and complexity.

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