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WANdisco and Microsoft Azure Reengineer Petabyte Scale Hybrid Cloud Migration with Seamless Experience

Today, WANdisco has announced the release of the WANdisco LiveData Platform for Microsoft Azure with a limited public preview opportunity. The LiveData Platform is exclusively offered on Microsoft Azure with new automation and Cloud resilience features that minimize the risk of Hadoop migration with an expected ROI of three months.

WANdisco’s partnership with Microsoft helps you to migrate data to the Microsoft Azure Cloud with an assurance of 100% data consistency, accuracy, and accessibility across any environment. The WANdisco LiveData Platform features the company’s patented consensus engine for on-premises, hybrid (on-premises and cloud), hybrid cloud, multi-region or multi-cloud.

Currently, in addition to Microsoft Azure, WANdisco also has integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Databricks, and IBM Cloud.

These are offered through the WANdisco Fusion enterprise software. The Fusion Cloud solution offers real-time replication of data between multiple sources and targets, for any data architecture.

In collaboration with Microsoft and Infosys Ltd., WANdisco successfully conducted a private preview with customers, and reviews have been very outstanding. This initial success has led to excitement and momentum in the Microsoft Azure ecosystem.

WANdisco LiveData Platform on Azure is created for enterprises looking to quickly migrate their on-premises data lake to the Cloud with zero business downtime. Customers can further build their Cloud economics with new services and seamless experience management that are already offered on Azure platform.

The LiveData Platform services are fully integrated in the Azure Customer Portal, Azure CLI, and Azure Marketplace. Customers will have the same seamless billing experience through Azure Billing as they have with other native Azure services.

Unique Offerings

WANdisco is also announcing two service offerings available exclusively on the WANdisco LiveData Platform – LiveData Migrator for Azure and LiveData Plane for Azure. These two offerings work in conjunction to establish an active-active data plane consistency between an enterprise’s Big Data Hadoop environment located on-premises and in Azure Data Lake Storage.

LiveData Migrator

LiveData Migrator performs the initial bootstrapping through a one-time scan, and then feeds that into LiveData Plane to ensure that any changes (creates, updates, and deletes) are immediately captured after that point.

LiveData Plane for Azure

LiveData Plane for Azure fully integrates with managed Hadoop environments such as Azure HDInsight.  The Hive plugin keeps operational meta-stores in sync with changes that occur on the data plane, thereby ensuring end to end consistency.

Enterprises have either already embarked on their digital transformation journey or they plan to very, very soon.

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WANdisco Delivers Turnkey Experience in Microsoft Azure

WANdisco’s data migration and replication platform improve Cloud operations across various environments. The common challenges faced while migrating the Hadoop data into Azure Data Lake Storage include:

One-Way Migration

Organizations intending to complete their on-premises migration (lift-and-shift or re-platform) inside a 12-18 month window but will begin to make investments into standing up cloud-native solutions now to mitigate incurring future technical debt.

Hybrid Data Estate

LiveData will enable enterprises to maintain on-premises assets for the next several years and still manage their cloud-native solutions for upscale operations.

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Disaster Recovery

Using a public cloud to host their turnkey DR environment is a common entry point for some customers because of the immediate cost savings observed when decommissioning an environment they hope they never have to use but are obliged to have one should the need occur.

Backup and Cloud Burst Preparedness

Customers look for consistent data everywhere which can only be delivered if the enterprises have access to compute and storage capabilities in the cloud when required rather than building infrastructure for peak capacity.

LiveData Cloud Services for Azure

LiveData Migrator for Azure and LiveData Plane for Azure together address all the migration scenarios with ease and with equal strength and capabilities across all of them.

Specifically, with the one-way migration and hybrid data estate scenarios, customers are often challenged on how to approach a feat that appears insurmountable or at least rife with challenges both technical and logistical in nature. All too often, these very real concerns revolve around the challenges inherent to physically shifting the existing black hole, better known as data gravity, from one site to another.

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LiveData Plane for Azure effectively solves the data gravity problem at petabyte scale so that the enterprise can shift their intellectual capital towards the other components of their digital transformation journey.

LiveData Plane for Azure addresses concerns such as maintaining business continuity while changes occur, ensuring that all data is transmitted securely, and matching or exceeding the same data integrity levels once that data lands in Azure Data Lake Storage.

With its turnkey deployment and no downtime, customers are able to recoup their data and analytics investments sooner by reducing the data engineering and migration costs (the lion’s share of most on-premises migrations) by orders of magnitude. With LiveData Plane for Azure, customers are now free to invest in next-gen trends such as augmented analytics and ubiquitous data governance native in the public cloud.

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Migration Opportunity is Key to Successful Digital Transformation

Satish HC, Executive Vice President, Data & Analytics, Infosys Ltd said-

“WANdisco technology provides a unique platform to migrate ‘live’ data at scale into and within Azure without business disruption.”  

Satish added, “We have proven its capabilities in a multi-petabyte scale customer environment. The native integration with Azure simplifies deployment and makes LiveData Migrator for Azure the primary choice in live data migration scenarios. We look forward to working closely with WANdisco in the future to capitalize on the migration opportunity.” 

At the time of this announcement, WANdisco CEO and Chairman David Richards said,

“We are excited to be launching a new service in Microsoft Azure. The LiveData Platform service along with LiveData Migrator for Azure and LiveData Plane for Azure offerings are the culmination of joint engineering work between WANdisco and Microsoft with the objective of creating a new service offering built around data movement and data consistency. These are just the first and we plan to continue building more turnkey solutions. Customers are already seeing the benefits and we are excited to unlock this over $1B market opportunity we have with Microsoft. We are also excited to be the first ISV to be launching a new Azure-native service and play a key role in the ADLS Data Lake Migration Program.”

Tad Brockway, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Azure Storage, Media and Edge added, “Customers have a significant opportunity to optimize costs and expand analytics and insights capabilities by moving their on-premises data lakes to the cloud. WANDisco LiveData Migrator and LiveData Plane are the first offerings to provide a fully integrated and turnkey experience for customers migrating Hadoop data into Azure Data Lake Storage seamlessly and without business disruption.”

Currently, WANdisco solutions enable enterprises to create an environment where data is always available, accurate, and protected, creating a strong backbone for their IT infrastructure and a bedrock for running consistent, accurate machine learning applications.

With zero downtime and zero data loss, WANdisco LiveData Cloud Services keep geographically dispersed data at any scale consistent between on-premises and cloud environments allowing businesses to operate seamlessly in a hybrid or multi-cloud environment.

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