Symantec to Extend DR as a Service Solution to Windows Azure

By Computerworld India Bureau, 12-Jun-2012

Technology from Symantec’s Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Veritas Volume Replicator products will form the basis for the solution.

Leveraging cloud computing as a Disaster Recovery (DR) target addresses business continuity needs for organizations that cannot afford a secondary site or at-a-distance failovers for mission-critical, virtualized workloads Jean S. BozmanResearch Vice President, IDC

Symantec has announced that it will extend Symantec’s Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Veritas Volume replicator disaster recovery (DR) software solution to the Windows Azure cloud platform.

The solution will expand the ability of Symantec’s existing business continuity solutions for Microsoft Corp., providing on-premise-to-cloud disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).

Jean S. Bozman, Research Vice President, IDC, was quoted in the press release as saying, “In this economy, customers see cloud computing as a new option for flexible, cost-effective computing. Many organizations have been looking for a way to automate the recovery of production data -- and to keep important applications running -- in the event of an outage that has the potential to disrupt business for hours. Leveraging cloud computing as a Disaster Recovery (DR) target addresses business continuity needs for organizations that cannot afford a secondary site or at-a-distance failovers for mission-critical, virtualized workloads.”

Organizations are increasingly demanding better protection and more recovery options, including leveraging the public cloud for disaster recovery protection

Organizations are increasingly demanding better protection and more recovery options, including leveraging the public cloud for disaster recovery protection. According to IDC’s 2011 Business Continuity Market Analysis, “Advancements in replication, clustering and server virtualization software have opened the door to a more flexible approach to those architecting business continuity (BC) schemes. Given the increased need for business uptime and corporate reliance on information technology… the role of public clouds within the BC market will surely increase.”

As organizations deal with downtime due to disasters, storage failures, network issues, maintenance or power outages, they need an off-premise solution that provides fast recovery to keep their applications and data available to users.

Symantec’s DRaaS solution with Windows Azure will reportedly go beyond today’s more common backup to and recovery from the cloud offerings in that it doesn’t just protect their data but protects their applications as well. IT organizations can avoid having to manage a DR site themselves and benefit from the cloud services provided by Windows Azure.

Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate vice president, developer and platform evangelism at Microsoft, was quoted in the press release as saying, “Symantec’s service aims to extend the built-in reliability of Windows Azure and help customers recover on-premises applications and data with a disaster recovery and business continuity solution utilizing complementary technology from both Symantec and Microsoft.”

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