ESG Blog: Data Protection Conversations: David Safaii, CEO of Trilio
The data protection market is going through many transitions and has never been more active.

Nov 29, 2018
Christophe Bertrand   ESG Blog: Data Protection Conversations: David Safaii, CEO of Trilio
Author: Christophe Bertrand


Bertrand_TrilioThe data protection market is going through many transitions and has never been more active. As customers face new challenges every day and look for solutions, I thought it'd be great to get perspectives from the vendors who help create these solutions. That's how this vlog was born. It consists of short interviews of executives from the vendor community in which they share their views on the market. 

In this edition of Data Protection Conversations, I speak with David Safaii, CEO of Trilio.   

Trilio specializes in protecting Open Stack and KVM environments with an agentless solution built for the cloud, and is looking at containers as the next step. In the video, we discuss the recent acquisition of IBM, the ability to create a hybrid cloud environment, and the topic of governance.  Watch the video below:

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Video Transcript

Christophe: Hello, and welcome to Data Protection Conversations. My name is Christophe Betrand. I am a senior analyst at ESG, focused on data protection. I am joined today by David Safaii who is the CEO of Trilio. Welcome, David.

David: Thank you for having me. Good to see you again.

Christophe: Well, great to have you here and we'd love to hear more about Trilio, about yourself, about your customers. Tell us more about what you do.

David: Trilio is the only native data protection solution for OpenStack, other KVM environments such as Red Hat Virtualization, and going forward in the future, container environments. We are built from the cloud, built for the cloud, rather, from the ground up, adhering to certain important characteristics for cloud.

David: So that means it's agentless, software-only, forever scalable, self-service, and multi-tenant driven.

Christophe: Great. Well, I heard there was this acquisition recently, Red Hat being acquired by IBM. That must impact, in a good way, your business. It's a validation that open source, OpenShift, all of these are very important environments.

David: Yes. Absolutely. It's a win-win-win-win across the board. It's a win for IBM, right, taking this great platform and this an army of Red Hat-wearing folks. And it's a win for Red Hat. Now, they have the marketing power and the professional services arm of IBM, take a broader reach out into that market.

It's a win for the community. Really, it helps the whole open source community and now enables people to start marching down this hybrid cloud journey. And it's a win for Trilio, really. This is a validator of open source technology in the market and hopefully, it's driving people around this digital transformation to bring in production workloads into these clouds, and now require data protection to go to that day-two conversation.

Christophe: Absolutely. I mean, if it's enterprise-grade production, you need enterprise-grade data protection, right? Makes perfect sense. What do you see as the next, you know, next few years, as the next big disruptors for IT, for data protection, and specifically in the open source environment?

David: Sure. I think we're seeing it now, going back to the point you made about the acquisition, right? We're starting to see an arms race around hybrid cloud, right? Hybrid cloud, whether the cloud resides on premise or in the public cloud, it comes down to where does that workload reside? Trilio, giving you the ability to capture the workload from the source, and that's the metadata and the data, not only recover in place, but recover somewhere else within that hybrid environment becomes really, really important.

So this journey that's going to progress, we talk today about the beginning of hybrid cloud. We talk today about providing data protection. The next conversation's going to be around governance. It's taking the conversation to a whole new level.

It's going to be really, really exciting what's going to happen in the upcoming years. Governance of where are my workloads, how do I back them up, where do I want to recover them to. It becomes a CIO challenge.

Christophe: Absolutely. And I think we probably also have other challenges around compliance in this same dimension here. Well, thank you so much, David, for your time, and thank you to our viewers for joining us today. Please stay tuned, there will be more Data Protection Conversations and thank you for your time.

David: Thanks for having me.

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