VMware Brings Disaster Recovery to the Cloud

Disaster recovery services are nothing new, but VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery is. The virtualization company just rolled out a new cloud-based disaster recovery service for VMware virtualized data centers.

According to the company, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery is easy to set up and self-manage and comes at a fraction of the cost of traditional data recovery solutions. Is it just hype or is this something VMware customers will rush to?

"VMware continues to distinguish itself from other cloud providers by making disaster recovery simple and cost-effective, allowing our customers to use a hybrid cloud approach to deliver business value, without wrestling with operational complexity and incompatibility inherent to other public clouds,EU said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager of VMwareEUs Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit.

Overcoming DR Challenges

VMware is boldly claiming a new approach. Every IT admin knows business continuity is critical. Nevertheless, the company reports, only a small percentage of apps are continuously protected because data recovery solutions can be expensive and complicated.

Actually, expensive and complicated may be an understatement. For many businesses data recovery involves maintaining exact duplicates of data center hardware configurations. That more than doubles the cost. WhatEUs more the challenges of maintaining the same configuration means disaster recovery tests are often difficult, highly manual, and infrequently performed. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Disaster Recovery promises to help businesses overcome all of those issues.

We turned to Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his take on the new service. He told us he likes what he sees.

EUDisaster recovery is something companies struggle with no matter how large they are. I always kind of joke that most companies are experts at backing up information -- they are just not really good at recovering it,EU Kerravala said. EUIt requires a dedicated team...

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