The cloud had gained a tremendous amount of momentum and market share in the past few years, and the same is true for all the sub-sections it encompasses. That includes large-scale system back-up and recovery, an ever- accelerating field which have seen a lot of activity in last few weeks.
The first industry update comes from IBM’s Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, which announced its newly launched local data recovery services as a part of the BCRS cloud backup/recovery solution. This update is not quite the revolution stirrer, but it represents an important milestone before one of the most significant product launch we’ve seen in the enterprise backup space recently. The offering is said to offer a ‘disk and/or tape’ option to customers: they can either choose to store their backups in an offsite shared cloud, or acquire the necessary infrastructure for on-site use from BCRS. The offering also comes with some optional services including recovery data replication, an enterprise cloud recovery element which recently attention from other sources as well.
Last week disk-based cloud data protection vendor FalconStor announced a new product, RecoverTrac, which will be available as a standard feature of its Continuous Data Protector (CDP) clients. CPD can already eliminate the need for tape backup or accelerate it by around 100%, reduce bandwidth costs by 90% and recover an entire system within 10 minutes to name a few of its core benefits, but RecoverTrack tops even that. The feature is the first DR automation solution to deliver service-oriented recovery for both physical and virtual servers. It automates the normally very labor-consuming / error-prone failover and failback operations via data replication, facilitating service-oriented data protection with automated server resumption and dividing the process to individual stages. This hybrid approach following IBM’s announcement (above) also happen to come with a test mode and cloning, thus making CPD one of the most comprehensive data protection and recovery offering in the cloud. Basically, smoothness and efficiency rounded-up in one highly flexible and (business-wise) adjustable appliance.
After a rough year, record-breaking Q4 earnings and a significant product launch, FalconStor is stirring some serious buzz, most notably from Gartner. The research firm announced added FalconStor to its “Enterprise Disk-Based Backup/Recovery Magic Quadrant’s Visionaries section”, a title which was given to competitor NetApp as well less than 2 weeks ago.
Turning the spotlight on yet another cloud data recovery company, physical and virtual infrastructure backup solutions provider Acronis announced its Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 product received the VMware vCloud Director “tested” status. This puts Acronis only a step behind certified, a title no other vendor received to date for vCloud Director.
Cloud data protection, recovery and backup are currently 3 very hot topics for the enterprise. This segment’s growth is directly aligned with the cloud’s growth as a whole, and as the latter becomes an increasingly prominent presence in enterprise operations, offerings and spending so will the demand for efficient data recovery and protection.