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Kasten K10 Helps Organizations Mitigate Kubernetes Data Management Challenges


In this episode of TFiR Let’s Talk, Swapnil Bhartiya catches up with Michael Cade, Senior Global Technologist at Veeam Software, while at VMware Explore. He discusses the evolution of the role of developers as we move towards Kubernetes and DevOps principles and processes and the challenges with data backup and replication. He goes on to share the key areas of focus for Kasten and what they are working on with Kasten K10.

Key highlights from this video interview are:

  • Cade feels that this year, VMware Explore focuses on the application and the developer. He explains that the meaning of developer is changing as we move towards Kubernetes and DevOps principles. He discusses the shift into new infrastructures and how you still have the traditional virtualization admins that are wanting to know how to run virtualization the best they possibly can in their environment.
  • Cade discusses the evolution of the sysadmin role and the challenges such as reducing cost, mitigating risk, and proving a better business outcome to evolving what they are doing on a daily basis within the IT infrastructure. He feels that sysadmins have an understanding about a broader set of tooling, process principles and DevOps and how that differs from platform engineering.
  • Data backup and replication is becoming increasingly challenging in the Kubernetes-driven world. Cade feels that the overarching challenge is how do we protect the data dynamically moving away from a resource scheduling point of view. He explains that the data has the potential to be more than just an insurance policy and goes on to say that from a Veeam perspective, it is about how to leverage the data management aspect.
  • Cade shares the key areas they are working on in Kaston K10 such as simplifying the operation side, being able to provide immutability where they are storing the backup data, and detecting if something out of the ordinary is happening if someone is trying to tamper with it. He discusses the features they are bringing out that are more towards prevention rather than remediation.
  • K10’s release cadence is every two week but Cade explains they tend to release at the KubeCon timescale where they expect to see the next big release there. He explains another key area of focus they are working on from an engineering perspective – scale, as they try to work out how to manage more and more edge Kubernetes clusters in a multi-cluster environment.

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The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.