Disaster Recovery & the Cloud: Like Peanut Butter & Jelly?
Like peanut butter and jelly, disaster recovery and cloud computing seem destined to stick together. Two prime examples: Disaster recovery in the cloud saw more action this week with announcements stemming from Axcient Inc. and Symantec Corp. Here’s the update.
Axcient, which offers data backup, business continuity, and disaster recovery services for MSPs, linked up with PacketTrap’s remote monitoring and management product. The product integration will let MSPs use PacketTrap’s remote monitoring console to track Axcient backup and recovery events, according to Axcient. PacketTrap is a division of Quest Software.
Axcient also includes Level Platforms and N-able Technologies as technology partners. The company in May 2010 announced product integration with those vendors’ RMM platforms. Laura Kelly, senior manager, corporate marketing for Axcient, said the company is looking into other possible integrations.
Symantec, meanwhile, debuted NetBackup Cloud Storage, which pulls together its NetBackup product with cloud storage services from Nirvanix. Symantec said the move will tap the cloud for disaster recovery uses. The company extended its OpenStorage API to the cloud to pave the way for integration between its software and the Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network.
Brian Dye, vice president, product management, for Symantec’s Information Management Group, said the company’s cloud storage partners won’t be limited to Nirvanix, however. “It’s not exclusive — Nirvanix is the first of many cloud storage companies that we’ll work with,” Dye said.
Dye said NetBackup Cloud Storage is targeted primarily at the enterprise through upper mid-market. He added MSPs can use the Nirvanix storage cloud “as a less expensive back end storage service to extend their own hosted offerings”
The Axcient and Symantec announcements follow Lawson Software’s August 2010 roll out of cloud-based disaster recovery services.
A couple of factors stand behind the seemingly popular intersection of cloud and disaster recovery:
- Customers may already use an outside vendor for disaster recovery, so a move to the cloud may not seem like much a departure.
- Companies that have balked at the cost of building out their own disaster recovery infrastructure, may find the cloud version more cost effective.
That’s all for now. But it’s safe to say another disaster recovery announcement involving the cloud will hit our inbox soon.