Most MSPs know how to protect physical devices and traditional operating systems like Windows Server. But have you got a disaster recovery (DR) strategy for virtualized systems -- particularly VMware vSphere? I ask the question because virtualization is marching down into the SMB market. And cloud companies like Doyenz are gearing up to help MSPs protect those virtual machines.
Indeed, Doyenz has launched an rCloud Agent for VMware vSphere. The solution allows Doyenz to replicate and recover vSphere virtual machines in the cloud for channel partners and their SMB customers.
Plus, Doyenz rCloud now works with Veeam, a popular virtualization management and data protection system for VMware. "If you're a partner or customer running Veeam, you can also run Doyenz," noted Doyenz Chief Revenue Officer Eric Webster.
Doyenz in the Mid-marketThe rCloud platform is designed to help partners recover customers' physical and virtual systems. The service certainly supports small MSPs, but Doyenz seems to be expanding its focus on mid-market MSPs and larger VARs, where certified VMware partners are far more prevalent.
"We still love the small business market but at the same time we'll continue to go up the stack, focusing on customers with 100 to 500 employees," said Webster. "Those conversations are increasingly about virtual environments."
Indeed, instead of getting locked in a traditional backup and disaster recovery (BDR) discussion, it sounds like Doyenz wants to be more closely associated in markets where companies like AppAssure compete. AppAssure is a data backup and virtualization specialist that Dell acquired in 2011.
Moreover, Doyenz continues to promote a virtual lab environment that allows partners and customers to test applications in the cloud before rolling out those application upgrades on-premises.
I'm not sure which BDR and cloud storage companies have comprehensive virtualization support -- but I've heard from a growing number of RMM (remote monitoring and management) software providers that now monitor and support virtual machines.