HYCU provides data protection software that can be deployed either on-premises or in the cloud. The product was originally created by, and later spun off from, Comtrade Software. HYCU was initially released as a data protection software for Nutanix environments. Its support and deployment options have since been expanded; a version is available for VMware environments, it can be deployed in Google and Microsoft Azure public clouds, and it can protect Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) container environments. In addition, HYCU Protégé was introduced in mid- 2019 as HYCU’s multi-cloud data protection solution.
HYCU software is focused on providing simple-to-use backup for hyperconverged and cloud-based sources. HYCU advertises the solution as simple enough to learn in four minutes, to deploy in three minutes, and to recover in two minutes. It features onetouch backup capabilities, automation of recovery workflows, and a self-service portal to simplify the user experience. Backups with HYCU are impact-free and do not require agents.
Data protection with HYCU is application focused. The product automatically discovers applications where they are running across virtual machines (VMs) and provides application-aware backup and recovery, including application-aware storage level snapshots. HYCU is deployed as a VM image and can use NFS or SMB file shares, S3 object storage, or iSCSI LUNs as a backup target.
Backups are done based on policies defined by backup frequency, retention period, and placement. HYCU is a software-only solution that requires no extra hardware and can be deployed directly on a VMware or Nutanix cluster. HYCU backup for Nutanix has a deep partnership with Nutanix and is built to fully accommodate Nutanix features and environments. HYCU’s solution for Nutanix aims to look and feel similar to Nutanix in order to create a cohesive solution for production storage and data protection. HYCU also has backup-as-a-service solutions, including for Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and GKE. Both solutions are purpose-built for their respective sources and can scale backups (per HYCU) limitlessly alongside cloud storage.
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