WANdisco (LSE: WAND), the LiveData company, today announced the limited public preview availability of WANdisco LiveData Platform for Azure, a new service offering available on Microsoft Azure exclusively.

The WANdisco LiveData Platform features the company’s patented consensus engine which ensures data consistency, accuracy, and accessibility across any environments, be it on-premises, hybrid (on-premise and cloud), hybrid cloud, multi-region or multi-cloud. In short, enterprises looking to migrate their on-premise data lake to the cloud, may now turn to the WANdisco LiveData Platform on Azure for a turnkey data migration solution with zero business downtime.

Customers are able to leverage this new service and continue to enjoy the same seamless experience they have already with their existing Azure experience. 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 they have with other native Azure services.

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 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.

Additionally, 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. The reasons are unique to each organization, however, the data lake migration pattern usually falls into one of these scenario buckets:

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 tech debt

Hybrid Data Estate
Enterprises intending to maintain on-premises assets for the next several years, but still divert all new investments into cloud-native solutions for similar reasons as in a one-way migration.

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.

Taking advantage of well-priced and boundless storage capacity.

Enabling enterprises to access compute and storage in the cloud when required rather than building infrastructure for peak capacity.

LiveData Migrator for Azure and LiveData Plane for Azure together address all five 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.

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-premise 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.

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.