VMblog’s Expert Interviews: HYCU Talks HCI, Scale-Out Computing, Data Protection Challenges and Futures
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with an industry expert, Goran Garevski, VP of Engineering at HYCU, Inc. If you aren’t yet familiar with HYCU, you will definitely want to learn more about them. The company is a pioneering enterprise software company specializing in data backup, recovery and monitoring for next-generation Enterprise Clouds. Garevski and I spoke about a number of different topics and futures.
VMblog: Looking at the IT industry from 10,000 feet above which are the major changes and initiatives happening right now?
Goran Garevski: We are in the middle of an era where there’s a balance emerging between the on-premises and public cloud. This comes at a time when we had a period where public cloud had an edge over the scalability, usability and end user experience in general. Scale-out computing is a concept/architecture of choice for modern IT environments, heavily affecting not just the typical IT processes, but also the way how IT is organized and managed.
VMblog: If we look at the on-premises cloud as something heavily enabled by hyper converged vendors, can you comment on the state of these solutions especially compared to the public cloud major players.
Garevski: One can see two streams on the market: modern scale-out platforms from companies like Nutanix, as well as a number of ESX-based solutions which are more of products bundled with light UI consolidation on top. Hyper-converged solutions have come a long way since they were introduced a few years back. From initially covering VDI and test/dev workloads, now HCI is becoming a major infrastructure for production workloads. And, we will see HCI continue to conquer the infrastructure share within modern IT, becoming de-facto infrastructure architecture of choice due to its simplicity, scalability and TCO in general.
VMblog: Does the emergence of the scale-out computing capabilities potentially signal the end of the distributed/legacy architectures?
Garevski: If there has been one consistent pattern in the IT industry, then it is that there has never been one technology that has emerged that has completely wiped out all others. It will always be about balancing the old with the new. Mainframes are still here. Tape is still here. Physical servers are still here. Scale-out computing will have a major share within modern IT, but as always there will still be distributed/legacy computing. The end of distributed/legacy architectures is near? I do not think so. The end of the distributed era? That is most likely, so yes.
VMblog: What are the data protection challenges in these modern IT organizations?
Garevski: Having on-premises scale-out computing infrastructure (with other words on-premises cloud), requires appropriate data protection. Legacy data protection solutions cannot efficiently integrate in cloud-driven workflows. Imagine you provision a business app, and then you need to reconfigure your legacy backup to handle that, to reconfigure it – or even worst to deploy it. The expectation of the modern IT user is to have the same user experience as delivered by the cloud platform. At the end – users expect data protection as a service (DPaaS), that is the ultimate experience in modern workflows.
VMblog: What about the public cloud? Considering the average organization has 3-4 different backup tools does it mean another one should be added to the mix?
Garevski: Public cloud requires a proper data protection strategy as with any other infrastructure. For the majority of users, it will require the introduction of a new backup tool. In the ideal case (DPaaS), end users just use it. One provisions the workload, selects the data protection policy and that’s it. Modern data protection solutions should also be able to follow the workload as it is migrated between different platforms (for example public cloud to on-premises cloud). And finally, the challenge becomes raises when you need to have a consolidated view of your data protection / compliance. Ideally, you want a DPaaS solution that can provide that as well.
VMblog: What should we expect to see in 3-4 years?
Garevski: If I were to dust off my crystal ball, typical IT in 3-4 years will be a hybrid cloud abstracting various public clouds, on-premises clouds and legacy infrastructure. Scale-out computing vendors are already targeting a single pane of glass and management stack powerful enough to provision, move and manage workloads regardless of the underlying computing stack. There will be a true invisible and scale-out infrastructure with data protection provided as a Service.
Goran Garevski joined Comtrade Group in 1993, reaching the highest technical level in 2001. From 2002 to 2004, he was CTO of StorScape (storage resource management startup). Following that he has held various business development and management roles within Comtrade, before taking the role as VP of Engineering for HYCU, Inc. (formerly Comtrade Software.)
Mr. Garevski is a storage and data management industry executive with a unique combination of deep market understanding and comprehensive technology insight. Over the last 20 years, he has led and contributed to numerous breakthrough projects that have influenced the storage industry. Mr. Garevski has extensive experience in data protection, virtualization and cloud storage. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Ljubljana.