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Kubernetes Native Disaster Recovery

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Kasten K10 Disaster Recovery Solution


Automated Disaster Recovery Workflows for Kubernetes

Kasten K10 delivers DR for Kubernetes applications with robust scheduled and on-demand workflows using standard and vendor-specific blueprints. The Kasten K10 data management platform also monitors and tracks completion of backups and service restorations.



Automatic Import and Restore in Kubernetes Environments

With Kasten K10, you can automatically import and restore application changes to a DR cluster when a new application export is generated. Policies provide automated enforcement to rapidly restore operations and protect service level agreements (SLAs).



Maintain Multiple Restore-Ready Backups for Kubernetes

Increasingly, cyber attackers are targeting backup systems as part of a cyber incursion. Multi-component container applications with secure backups not only improve application resilience, but also elevate protection from single-volume failures and cyber intrusions.

Disaster Recovery Fundamentals


Kubernetes Disaster Recovery Planning in Modern Compute Infrastructure

Disasters can be natural or man-made, but in the event of any micro or macro calamity, having a plan in place to quickly restore systems to normal function is the best method to deal with them. Computing systems are a foundational tenet of businesses, governments, and non-governmental organizations around the world, and disaster recovery plans to protect these systems are a key measure of disaster planning.





Volume backup
does not protect modern applications 

Traditional backup and restore solutions have been considered adequate to protect infrastructure that could be affected by a disaster. With the rise of more complex computing modalities, such as those that rely on virtualized container applications and services, traditional disaster recovery methods are not adequate protection. Organizations are still dealing with the long tail of digital transformation programs that continue to modernize the foundation and how they conduct and protect operations.




New tools
for new computing

As digital transformation works through business, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, the support systems are in flux with respect to their suitability to deliver a solution. Disaster recovery planning for Kubernetes workloads based on a myriad of on-premises and cloud infrastructures is one such artefact of modern computing that is in-process with respect to the state of readiness by its constituents. Fortunately, tools, companies, and ecosystems are capable to address the challenges presented to this foundational aspect of modern-day disaster planning.

Disaster Recovery: a new and complex challenge; critical Kubernetes requirements


DR for a Modern Application

  • A microservices architecture has many pods, data sources, and deployment variations that are not defined by hardware volumes. 
  • With backups encrypted and stored in offline and offsite locations, chances are improved that cybercriminals cannot impair the resilience of a protected Kubernetes application. 
  • In the case of polyglot data, each of the data sources for an application (including configuration, persistent and temporary data) does not reside in the same physical or virtual space as the application.

Critical K8s Backup Requirements

  • Components can be returned to service in test or production environments, and from among clones, encrypted data, and immutable backups.  
  •  If a full application restoration is needed, an ideal Kubernetes backup management solution provides an application Blueprint to sequentially restore an application to service and minimize impact to SLAs. 
  •  Relaunch of operations can be performed directly on an existing virtual platform, or it can be mobilized to an alternative platform, for example, on-premises, public or private cloud, or a hybrid environment. 

Disaster Recovery Use Case Scenarios


Ransomware attack

Ransomware attacks represent slightly more than 10% of cybersecurity breaches, yet they can be very costly. A typical attack results in non-ransom costs of over $4.5 million, according to the latest survey by the Ponemon Institute*. With an effective backup and encryption strategy in place, control of offline and offsite data backups can preserve data sovereignty, even in the event of a network breach.



Unintentional failures

Natural disasters and other unplanned events such as a power outage can significantly disrupt production services operations, causing revenue leakage. The capability to automatically restore a service interrupted by a disaster or mobilize a backup to an alternative production-ready environment is one of the main goals of a DR capable organization.


Malicious data loss

Cybersecurity events are not the only source of a security breach; internal sources such as a disgruntled contractor, the supply chain network, or a partner organization with improperly managed access can also present a threat. The ability to protect and preserve data, especially Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of customers, partners, and employees, is of paramount importance. When live information, backup, and in-transit data is encrypted, the probability of a severe data loss and liability are reduced.


Infrastructure or hardware failure

Even when a disaster is based on an infrastructure or hardware failure, the consequences can be catastrophic if a company is not prepared to deal with recovery. IT groups can find themselves bearing the brunt of blame, if they are not using recovery tools designed for today’s complex microservices infrastructure.


Key Challenges

  • Limited Kubernetes ecosystem. Companies that are slow to adopt emerging Kubernetes ecosystem support run the high risk of encumbering their production effort with high overhead.

Kasten K10 Kubernetes Data Management Solution

Kasten by Veeam® is the leader in Kubernetes backup. Kasten K10 is a Kubernetes native data protection platform for Day 2 (live) operations. It provides enterprise DevOps teams with backup and restore, disaster recovery, and application mobility for Kubernetes applications. Kasten K10 features operational simplicity and integrates with relational and NoSQL databases, as well as all major Kubernetes distributions, and runs in any cloud to maximize freedom of choice. Our customers’ applications and data are protected and available with the most easy-to-use, reliable, and powerful cloud native backup management platform in the industry.


Backup and Restore

  • Application misconfiguration
  • Accidental data loss
  • Standby clusters
  • Compliance

Disaster Recovery

  • Ransomware attack
  • Malicious data loss
  • Unintentional failures
  • Infrastructure or HW failure

Application Mobility 

  • Cross cloud portability
  • Multi-cloud balancing
  • Cluster upgrade testing
  • Data management

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