MSP Services Network (MSPSN), with an assist from Doyenz, is launching a data protection and software migration service called CloudRamp. MSPSN CEO Gerard Kane quietly discussed the CloudRamp strategy with selected partners at last week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 (WPC10) in Washington, D.C. An official CloudRamp announcement is expected sometime this week. Here are the potential implications for VARs and MSPs.
Imagine the following scenario: You're an MSP or a VAR that manages Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server (SBS) for your customers. On the one hand, you need a simple way to safeguard that existing customer data. But on the other hand, you may need a point-and-click way to migrate existing SBS 2003 customers to SBS 2008 0r future releases like SBS Aurora.
Kane says MSPSN's CloudRamp can address all of those scenarios. And Microsoft is backing up that claim. In a prepared statement, Microsoft Senior Product Manager Katherine Pike says MSPSN CloudRamp, leveraging Doyenz ShadowCloud, offers a "no risk, no downtime method for managed migrations in the cloud."
How does the solution work? MSPSN says:
"CloudRamp Data Protection Services replicate Microsoft Windows-based servers offsite, where backup images can be used to quickly restore fully operational and virtualized business with minimal risk and virtually no downtime for their partner’s end customers. This same image can be downloaded or shipped to the client site, to be installed by the partner on a server hardware platform as a full disaster recovery solution."
Opportunities and ChallengesNo doubt, disaster recovery and business continuity are increasingly crowded markets. Earlier today, CharTec, the hardware as a service specialist, launched a backup and disaster recovery solution for MSPs. Plus, Zenith Infotech is well-known within the managed services market for its BDR solutions. And Hewlett-Packard now bundles Level Platforms‘ remote monitoring and management software on a storage appliance.
The other wild card is Windows Small Business Server Aurora, a forthcoming on-premises SBS upgrade that will include some cloud extensions. I'm checking to see if or how Aurora will plug into third-party backup and recovery cloud services.
Of course, MSPSN has a built-in channel for its CloudRamp effort. A range of VARs and MSPs, many of which have SBS experience, work with MSPSN.
Oh, and one closing thought: Keep an eye on the Doyenz HR department. More potential news expected soon.
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