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Disaster Recovery as a Service for VMware Users from TwinStrata

CloudArray DRaaS provides enterprise-class disaster recovery

“Our cloud disaster recovery service enables VMware users to recovery data and applications seamlessly at a fraction of the cost, making disaster recovery, business continuity and compliance with recovery objectives and regulations attainable for nearly any organization,” said  Nicos Vekiarides, CEO of TwinStrata, as TwinStrata today announced CloudArray Disaster Recovery as a Service (CloudArray DRaaS) for VMware users on-demand.

“Before this service, we found that ‘cloud DR’ options were not particularly viable for fully virtualized IT environments, and those few that were integrated for VMware came at prohibitively high costs,” Vekiarides continued.


Nicos Vekiarides was kept busy on the TwinStrata stand at Cloud Expo 2012 New York

An Exhibitor at upcoming 12th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo New York, TwinStrata’s CloudArray DRaaS offering is enabled by TwinStrata CloudArray software and by fellow Cloud Expo supporter SoftLayer’s VMware-based CloudLayer Computing infrastructure, making it particularly well suited for VMware-based environments, explained Vekiarides.

"In addition, the CloudArray DRaaS can work with or without backup software," he pointed out. "Customers can choose to have data and VMs stored directly on CloudArray, which eliminates the need for backup software and enables immediate recovery of a live copy of data from a selection of snapshots in the cloud. Customers with existing or preferred backup software can use CloudArray DRaaS in conjunction with such software."

“IT organizations are moving to the cloud to gain agility, reduce IT costs, and increase both service and utilization while taking advantage of the cloud's pay-for-what-you-use model,” said Dan Iacono, Cloud Storage Systems, IDC. “TwinStrata's DRaaS can help IT organizations realize those cloud benefits, and it can also help enable an improved disaster recovery strategy, while providing flexibility and cloud choice.”

Today, we use a combination of TwinStrata, cloud storage and an always-on cloud compute environment to drive our disaster recovery strategy,” said Vernon Jackson, senior systems engineer, SEPA Laboratories. “While it works well, it's pretty costly to keep secondary infrastructure up and running in the cloud just so we can run DR tests once a quarter. With this new CloudArray DRaaS offering, we can eliminate eight months worth of cloud compute costs, while still maintaining a quarterly DR test schedule. That's a huge savings.”


TwinStrata CEO Nicos Vekiarides during a SYS-CON.TV interview at Cloud Expo NY

In an accompanying news release TwinStrata noted the following brief facts about TwinStrata Cloud DRaaS:

  • On-demand disaster recovery of applications and data
  • 20X cost savings over hosted DR
  • Specifically designed for VMware environments
  • No dedicated hardware or infrastructure
  • No conversion scripting, complex, risky orchestrations or third party tools
  • Expected 2-4 hours spin-up of application servers, immediate data availability
  • DR configuration and recovery plan stored securely in TwinStrata Portal
  • Underlying DR infrastructure provided by SoftLayer’s VMware-based cloud compute environment – paid for during DR events and tests only
  • 24/7/365 support

In terms of pricing and availability, TwinStrata noted:

"For new customers with 50 virtual machines (VMs) or fewer, CloudArray DRaaS is now included in the pricing for TwinStrata’s CloudArray software. TwinStrata CloudArray is available as a monthly subscription beginning at $500 per month. Existing CloudArray customers and organizations with more than 50 virtual machines can obtain expanded support for an additional monthly fee. Cloud compute costs are incurred only during DR tests and events. Activation of the service requires an initial configuration and planning assessment that is stored in the CloudArray portal in the event of a disaster. Service fees include 24/7/365 support."

CloudArray DRaaS is available immediately.

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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