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IBM, VMware add options for cloud DR

The cloud has been a boon for disaster recovery, bringing the technology to smaller companies while allowing vendor newcomers such as Axcient, Zetta, Zerto and Quorum to make names for themselves.

But this week two large vendors rolled out cloud DR. VMware added Disaster Recoveyr to its vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) and IBM added its Virtual Server Recovery (VSR) DR service to its SoftLayer cloud.

VMware has had DR on its roadmap since it launched VMwre vCloud Hybrid Service in late 2013. The vendor maintains five data centers in the U.S. and U.K. for the service.

Customers install a virtual appliance on-site, and use VMware’s data centers to replicate and fail over VMDKs. VMware said it can deliver a 15-minute recover point object (RPO) and subscriptions start at $835 a month for 1 TB of storage. Customers pick which data center location they want to use. The service includes two free DR tests per year.

“We identified DR as one of the key canonical uses of the hybrid cloud,” said Angelos Kottas, director of product marketing for VMware’s Hybrid Cloud unit. He added there is a “pent-up demand for a public cloud service optimized by the hybrid cloud.”

IBM will make its three-year-old Virtual Server Recovery (VSR) service available on its SoftLayer cloud for the first time. IBM claims it can recover workloads running on Windows, Linux and AIX servers within minutes.

Carl Brooks, a 451 Research analyst, said VMware is playing catchup to Amazon and other cloud services while IBM is shifting its business model with the new DR services.

“IBM is doing this now with SoftLayer,” he said. “It shows that IBM is changing its business model to include the cloud rather than traditional data center infrastructure, which is anti-cloud. It’s still on the Big Blue environment, still using Tivoli management software, but now SoftLayer is driving it.

“It’s business as usual but better for IBM. For VMware, it’s a new frontier.”

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