HYCU makes backing up to the Google cloud cheaper by not using GCP compute facilities. Other news includes 40km InfiniBand links, PCIe 4.0 SSDs, PCIe 5.0 interface technology, faster BeeGFS software and and faster data warehouse analytics, with YellowBrick and Tableau getting together. Read on.
HYCU gets closer to GCP
HYCU has made its Google Cloud Platform backup as a service faster and cheaper.
The company launched its first generation backup as a service fin April 2019, providing backup as a service for customer applications and databases on virtual machines running on Google’s Cloud Platform (GCP).
The company’s software now uses GCP features in better ways to lower backup costs and shorten backup time. It no longer needs caching storage and HYCU says this lowers data transfer costs and makes more efficient use of cloud storage.
The backup software automatically and dynamically adjusts the number of backup streams and compute resources to the size of the protected disks. According to HYCU this is more efficient than having a pre-allocated and static number of streams and amount of compute resource irrespective of the size of the protected disks.
This software change makes backup data transfer faster and more cost-efficient, according to HYCU, which has also improved handling incremental backups. Customers can schedule backup status reports based on backup generation numbers and the company has added an annual subscription licensing plan.
We asked HYCU sone questions about this improved GCP backup service.,
B&F: Do you have any cost and/or backup time comparisons for the before and latest code generations to illustrate the cost and time savings please?
HYCU: The biggest savings to customers is in terms of storage cost. Compared to our competition, we are at least 50 per cent cheaper.
B&F: Is Google caching storage expensive?
HYCU: HYCU does not use caching storage. It sends data straight to the Object Storage. The cost of standard ssd and hard disk on GCP is price competitive to that of Azure and AWS.
B&F: Do any competing GCP backup suppliers offer similar services?
HYCU: Other players in the space run their dedupe appliance on the cloud. As you know, dedupe appliance requires lot of compute, SSD and memory. Since those are much more expensive than Google Cloud Storage, the cost of service by the other folks are double that of HYCU. Competitors here would be Actifio and Cohesity.
B&F: How is the dynamic scaling better than before?
HYCU: HYCU was built from the ground up to be dynamically scalable from a data mover perspective. When backup or recovery happens we spin up and spin down to make it extremely efficient for customers. In this release, we have also added additional intelligence to our data mover creation to dynamically size the data movers based on the size and scope of backups. This helps cut the backup time by almost 1/2.
HYCU Backup as a Service for Google Cloud is available on the GCP Marketplace and through authorised Google Cloud Service Provider partners. Subscription and billing are handled through the GCP Marketplace. Pricing is determined by the amount of data being protected and frequency of backup.
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