Today’s businesses are becoming increasingly digital and moving more operations to the cloud. As a result, Availability and reliability are top priorities. Many organizations automatically back up their data and applications, but they realize that backing up is insufficient protection against catastrophic loss. For example, backup recovery points might be as many as 24 hours apart, meaning a business could lose an entire day of data. In addition, recovery is often limited to data restoration. Applications and VMs still need to be reconstructed manually, further delaying recovery.
This need to protect day-to-day operations is often an organization’s entry point for the cloud. The decision to move applications, especially mission-critical applications, can be a long and complex process. However, because the cost of cloud-based recovery ranges anywhere from half to a third of the cost of traditional recovery, this is often a much easier decision for organizations to make.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) is an excellent complement to any production Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and backup services that you already offer. With DRaaS, you can protect premises-based operations as well as offer cloud-based DR add-ons to your IaaS services. As demand for higher Availability and reliability increases, you’ll be able to actively meet your customers’ needs. As Ken Seitz from Cisco says in Opening New Markets with Evolving DRaaS Services, “Cisco understands that businesses prioritize their applications in different tiers and that each tier has different availability and reliability requirements.”
At Veeam, we’ve simplified the entire DRaaS process. This enables your customers to easily access DR capabilities while leveraging all of the advantages of the cloud. For you as a service provider, we offer a complete solution that:
Reduces network complexity
Minimizes bandwidth consumption
Delivers labor saving when testing and executing runbooks
This last benefit is especially important. The Cisco Powered DRaaS designation is a powerful marketing tool that can help you differentiate your disaster recovery offering from other cloud providers. Because of the certification and audit processes required to use the Cisco Powered logo and receive program benefits, the market knows that these services deliver enterprise-class performance, reliability and security.
The audit process for Cisco Powered is impressive because it brings tremendous integrity to the validation process. Anyone can say they have a reliable cloud service, but not everyone can prove it.
When we say DRaaS with Veeam is Cisco Powered ready, it means you’re already well on your way to meeting these audit requirements and becoming part of an elite group of service providers. We’ve made this investment so that you can offer reliable DRaaS cloud services much easier.
Working with Veeam also gives you access to a large market that is ready to move to the cloud. There are almost 200,000 customers who have a traditional on-premises installation of Veeam; all of these customers are viable prospects to use Veeam in the cloud. This gives you the opportunity to establish a cloud relationship with these customers. When these companies are ready to expand further into the cloud with IaaS, DRaaS and other cloud services, you’ll be in a prime position to meet their needs.
DRaaS using Veeam is not limited to just sites using Veeam on premises: Your DRaaS service can be used with any backup solution. In fact, with its shorter recovery times and more granular recovery options, DRaaS with Veeam is an excellent complement to the backup services you or your customers already have in place. You’ll be able to meet increasing Availability and recovery requirements for a world that never sleeps.
Luca Dell’Oca (vExpert, VCAP-DCD, CISSP) is EMEA Evangelist for Veeam Software based in Italy. Luca is a popular blogger and an active member of the virtualization community. Luca’s career started in information security before focusing on virtualization. His main areas of expertise are VMware and storage design, with a deep focus on Cloud Service Providers and Large Enterprises.
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