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Enterprises began developing next-generation container-based applications a while ago; now they are deploying them in production with Kubernetes. Deployment models are many and varied and depend on business and operational needs, from small on-premises clusters to multi-cloud scenarios. What they all have in common is the need for data protection.
Containers and Kubernetes are dramatically different from legacy technologies, such as virtual machines and hypervisors, and traditional data protection solutions aren’t up to the task. To meet growing demand, many vendors are working to adapt existing products, while others are building new solutions from the ground up. Moreover, there is a general trend toward providing more than just data protection, to expand the scope of these products with data management features. The goal is to take advantage of the backup process and enable application and data mobility, improve security, and simplify DevOps processes with copy data management. In this context, and as explained more in detail in the Key Criteria companion report, users will find that more and more cloud-native data storage solutions are providing similar services, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. Cloud-Native Data Storage and Protection for Kubernetes Converge in Data Management Solutions
The market is burgeoning for Kubernetes data protection and for data storage in general. There are several new startups competing for technical leadership against established vendors that may have a more conservative approach, but whose offerings are familiar and aligned with the infrastructure in place.
With the fast pace of Kubernetes development and the multiple ways it can be deployed or consumed (on-premises and in the cloud), these solutions must be flexible, multi-platform, and readily adaptable.
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