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This is where specialized solutions for data management , data backup and recovery come into play , such as those already offered by Kasten by Veeam , which are designed to deal with Kubernetes and container environments of all kinds , including Docker . It is important to consider the specifics of these new types of environments , such as the ephemeral nature of many containers and their microfunctions , or the integration into cloud , multi-cloud , or hybrid IT infrastructures .
Kubernetes on the rise ?
difficulties cannot be solved at the coding level . Each level must therefore be a strong foundation in itself . Kubernetes simply comes in here as the orchestrator of the containers .
What is becoming important , however , is data protection itself , for example backup and replication . The pioneers of Kubernetes and containers often complain about a lack of data security and data management in relation to the new environments . This is because the infrastructure is now closer to the applications with the help of containers , and data backup must be carried out differently accordingly . There are already coming up the stateful workloads instead of the stateless ones common in container environments and there is an increase of data service deployed right inside the Kubernetes cluster .
Other tools from outside , like Amazon Relational Database Service ( AWS RDS ), can be connected to applications which are running within Kubernetes . This changes the way of the data protection .
The Veeam Cloud Protection Trends Report 2021 shows that we are in a transition , because 46 % of SaaS and PaaS admins said that their information from stateful application is being saved separately , while 32 % of the IaaS admins said that their container architecture has been built for long lifetime and therefore they need no backup . On the other hand , 14 % of backup administrators do not have a backup solution for containers yet but are searching .
The analysts at ESG published a report in September 2020 titled Data Protection Trends and Strategies for Containers , which summarizes the results of a survey of 334 enterprise IT professionals from the US and Canada . When asked about their use of containers , 67 % said they use them for productionrelated applications .
This statement underscores the increasing adoption and integration of containers into systems and networks , and this trend will continue over the next two years . VMware ’ s report , The State of Kubernetes 2021 , looks similar : 65 % of the participants already use Kubernetes within their production .
In the year 2020 , only 59 % said so . A large proportion ( 98 %) also said that they are seeing great advantages in the implementation of Kubernetes . Of course , finding trained personnel is the big issue now for those companies .
With the rise of containers , Kubernetes will then also increasingly enter the scene to manage the new environment well . Kubernetes will probably start this triumphant march with start-ups and large corporations first , because the former can build their networks and accordingly incorporate the new technology immediately , while the latter have the necessary money and personnel to successfully incorporate the new technology .
What the GigaOM Radar for Kubernetes Data Protection study highlights is that some management solutions , like Kasten by Veeam K10 , already exist to ensure the protection of Kubernetes infrastructure from the very beginning of its incorporation .
Over the last 15 years , the focus has been on protecting data in virtualized environments , but container environments are not virtual machines . Backup works differently . At the same time , the administrator is busy with the applications and their platforms , taking on a kind of DevOps role .
Furthermore , they can also orchestrate virtual machines and cloud workloads . So , for most entrepreneurs , the question is no longer if they should use containers and orchestration tools , but which one , because the advantages of this new technology are now easily seen . p
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