Barracuda embraces Amazon S3 cloud for DR

Barracuda now offers customers the choice of storing data either in Amazon S3 or its own cloud as it builds out its disaster recovery services.

Barracuda Networks has taken its first step to delivering disaster recovery in the public cloud by allowing customers to replicate to an Amazon S3 cloud.

Barracuda customers can now replicate data from on-premises physical or virtual appliance to an AWS S3 (Simple Storage Services) bucket. Barracuda previously offered appliances with built-in software replication to either the Barracuda Cloud Storage or to another Barracuda Backup appliance in an off-site location or to external disk or tape.

With the new support of the Amazon S3 cloud, customers can choose to store data off-site either in the proprietary Barracuda cloud or use the AWS public cloud as a data protection target. The Amazon S3 cloud essentially looks like another region in Barracuda's cloud, said Rod Mathews, senior vice president and general manager of data protection business at Barracuda.

"Down the road we will be able to do multicloud for Microsoft Azure," Mathews said. "[Right now] we are trying to get a product to market that satisfies most of the market. Down the road we plan to deliver more functions."

Robert Rhame, a research director at Gartner, said 80% of the customers who used a Barracuda appliance for backup would replicate to the Barracuda cloud and they could spin up virtual machines. But it's smarter to partner with the public clouds rather than compete with them, he added.

"If you compete with the hyperscale clouds, your days are numbered," Rhame said. "If you build out [your own] cloud, there are economies of scale that you have to deliver. And last I checked, Amazon S3 infrequent access goes for a penny or a quarter a gigabyte."

What the Amazon S3 cloud means for customers

Barracuda is offering the AWS support in North America first with plans to expand to Europe later in 2017.

Barracuda is offering the AWS support in North America first with plans to expand to Europe later in 2017.

Rhame said Barracuda's new offering gives customers the ability to choose either the Barracuda cloud or the Amazon S3 cloud as a data protection target.

"The direction they are going is toward a disaster recovery model in the public cloud. They already have that capability to some degree. This is not a complete disaster recovery story," Rhame said. "They have a three-step process and this is the first step, which liberates their clients and gives them a choice of location."

Barracuda is best known for its network security products, but backup and data protection is becoming a growing part of its business. The Amazon S3 cloud support removes the need for Barracuda customers to use an AWS Storage Gateway-VTL to move data to S3 or Amazon Glacier for long-term retention.

Rhame viewed a demo of the offering and said "it's a dead simple three steps."

"If I have a new appliance, I rack it and cable it up and put the agent out," he said. "The last step is adding a target and it literally is three steps."

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