Zadara Cloud Hydration


As enterprises launch initiatives to adopt cloud computing, they are looking for cost-effective and practical ways to move their corporate data into the cloud. This is sometimes referred to as “hydrating the cloud.” Prices for projects are based on capacity, data type and other factors.  Let us know when you are ready to discuss in detail.

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Zadara Storage offers several solutions to address this challenge. Two use cases are described below.


Static Data

For environments where the data is static and does not need to be continuously online, the process is very straightforward. The steps are: 1) copy the data to a Zadara cloud hydration appliance, 2) ship the appliance to the cloud environment; and 3) copy the data to a Zadara Storage VPSA (or other target) connected to the cloud infrastructure.

A Zadara cloud hydration appliance is attached to the server and the data is copied to the target appliance.

The cloud hydration appliance is then shipped to the cloud environment.

The data is then copied from the cloud hydration appliance to a Zadara VPSA Storage Array, enjoying its rich enterprise feature set in conjunction with the features of the cloud environment, or be moved to any cloud storage platform.

At this point the cloud hydration appliance is removed and the on-premises servers relaunch the application in the cloud and the hydration process is complete.

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Online Production Environments

For online production environments where there can be limited or no downtime, the process is similar, but it requires a few extra steps: 1) The data is mirrored locally to a local Zadara Storage Cloud which is then mirrored to another local Zadara Storage Cloud, 2) The mirror is broken and one of the Zadara Storage Clouds is shipped to the cloud environment, 3) The mirror is reconnected remotely and the changes during the transportation of the data are synchronized; and 4) The cloud environment is activated.

A Zadara Storage Cloud is attached to the server and the data is mirrored to the target Zadara Storage Cloud.

A second mirror of the data is created to an additional Zadara Storage Cloud.

Once the two Zadara Storage Cloud are synchronized (or close to it), the first mirror continues capturing transactions while the second mirror is shipped to the cloud environment.

The two Zadara Storage Clouds are then connected via a remote mirror and resynchronized to capture any remaining transactions that occurred during the transportation of the data to the cloud environment.

Once the synchronization process is complete, the data can then remain on the Zadara VPSA Storage Array, enjoying its rich enterprise feature set in conjunction with the features of the cloud environment, or be moved to any cloud storage platform.  Either way, the on-premises servers then fail over to the cloud and the hydration process is complete.

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