Disclaimer: I recently attended Storage Field Day 19. My flights, accommodation and other expenses were paid for by Tech Field Day. There is no requirement for me to blog about any of the content presented and I am not compensated in any way for my time at the event. Some materials presented were discussed under NDA and don’t form part of my blog posts, but could influence future discussions.
Russ Reeder (CEO) introduced the delegates to Infrascale. If you’ve not heard of Infrascale before, it’s a service provider and vendor focused primarily on backup and disaster recovery services. It has around 150 employees and operates in 10 cities in 5 countries. Infrascale currently services around 60000 customers / 250000 VMs and endpoints. Reeder said Infrascale as a company is “[p]assionate about its customers’ happiness and success”.
There are four different products in the Infrascale portfolio.
- Backup directly to the cloud
- Recover data in seconds
- Optimised for endpoints and branch office servers
- Ransomware detection & remediation
- Defy cloud applications limited retention policies
- Backup O365, SharePoint and OneDrive, G-Suite, Salesforce.com, box.com, and more
- Recover individual mail items or mailboxes
Infrascale Disaster Recovery – Local (IDR-LOCAL)
- Backup systems to an on-premises appliance
- Run system replicas (locally) in minutes
- Restore from on-premises appliance or the cloud
- Archive / DR data to disk
Infrascale Disaster Recovery – Cloud (IDR-CLOUD)
- Backup systems to an on-premises appliance and to a bootable cloud appliance
- Run system replicas in minutes (locally or boot in the cloud)
- Optimised for mission-critical physical and virtual servers
Support for Almost Everything
Infrascale offers support for almost everything, including VMware, Hyper-V, Bare Metal, End Points, public cloud workloads.
Speedy DR locally or to the Cloud
- IDR is very fast – boot ready in minutes
- IDR enables recovery locally or in the cloud
Backup Target Optionality; Vigilant Data Security
- ICB allows for backup targets “anywhere”
- ICB detects ransomware and mitigates impact
The Infrascale dashboard does a pretty decent job of providing all of the information you might need about the service in a single view.
[image courtesy of Infrascale]
There are a variety of appliance options available, as well as virtual editions of the appliance that you can use.
[image courtesy of Infrascale]
Thoughts and Further Reading
Regular readers of this blog would know that I’m pretty interested in data protection as a topic. I’m sad to say that I hadn’t heard of Infrascale prior to this presentation, but I’m glad I have now. There are a lot of service providers out there offering some level of data protection and disaster recovery as a service. These services offer varying levels of protection, features, and commercial benefits. Infrascale distinguish themselves by offering its own hardware platform as a core part of the offering, rather than building a solution based on one of the major data protection vendors.
In my day job I work a lot with product development for these types of solutions and, to be honest, the idea of developing a hardware data protection appliance is not something that appeals. As a lot of failed hardware vendors will tell you, it’s one thing to have a great idea, and quite another to execute successfully on that idea. But Infrascale has done the hard work on engineering the solution, and it seems to offer all of the features the average punter looks for in a DPaaS and DRaaS offering. I’m also a big fan of the fact that it offers support for endpoint protection, as I think this is a segment that is historically under-represented in the data protection space. It has a good number of customers, primarily in the SME range, and is continuing to add services to its product portfolio.
Disaster recovery and data protection are things at that aren’t always done very well by small to medium enterprises. Unfortunately, these types of businesses tend to have the most to lose when something goes wrong with their critical business data (either via operator error, ransomware, or actual disaster). Something like Infrascale’s offering is a great way to take away a lot of the complexity traditionally associated with protecting that important data. I’m looking forward to hearing more about Infrascale in the future.