Cloud-based recovery as a service leader Axcient today announces a Direct to Cloud offering that enables customers to replicate their IT infrastructure in the cloud without use of an appliance. Axcient’s Direct to Cloud platform allows customers to replicate their servers, desktops and laptops within Axcient’s cloud environment to ensure the continuity of business operations and enhance the operational agility of end users. The Axcient Business Recovery Cloud allows customers to create a replica of their entire infrastructure by way of an internet connection that creates an initial snapshot of an infrastructure at a designated point in time, and then subsequently creates incremental backups in tandem with customer requirements. In contrast to replicating swaths of files, the Axcient Business Recovery Cloud creates a cloud-based copy of the physical and virtual servers, laptop images and desktops. Customers can monitor the health of their cloud infrastructure by means of an Axcient dashboard as represented below:
Axcient’s Direct to Cloud replication offering gives customers the flexibility to replicate their infrastructures within the cloud without the need to purchase or maintain either a physical or virtual appliance. Moreover, the solution features instant failover functionality marked by the launch of a virtual replica within the Axcient Business Recovery Cloud to ensure the maintenance of business continuity. Customers can access Axcient’s Direct to Cloud platform by means of an encrypted internet connection that allows for the secure transmission of files between a host infrastructure and Axcient’s environment. As a result of today’s release, Axcient becomes one of the few Recovery as a Service vendors that can claim options for cloud-based backup and recovery that include a hardware appliance, software-based appliance or a direct internet connection as the modality for enabling its cloud-based recovery platform. The platform’s range of deployment options renders it ideal for small to medium-sized businesses that require a production-grade platform at a reasonable price-point in comparison to consumer-grade options that focus primarily on backing up assemblages of files.
Last week, Axcient recently announced the release of the latest version of its Axicent Business Recovery Cloud marked by faster replication and recovery times for its cloud-based Recovery as a Service platform. The Axcient Business Recovery Cloud now features the ability to migrate or recover physical servers as virtual machines in addition to drag and drop functionality that empowers customers to transfer large numbers of files and folders using Windows Explorer. Axcient’s integration with Windows Explorer enables customers to search for files and folders within their recovery infrastructure and subsequently transfer them en masse to the target device of their choice. The latest version of the Axcient Business Recovery Cloud also supports the ability to instantly recover a snapshot of an infrastructure from any point in time in addition to the most recent version. Moreover, advancements in Axcient’s data replication algorithm mean that replication occurs three times faster than before, enabling shorter RPO times and an enhanced ability to maintain copies of recent data and image versions. The enhancements collectively represent a significant upgrade to the Axcient by enhancing the platform’s replication and backup functionality while concurrently enriching the product’s search and recovery functionality. With this release, Axcient continues to disrupt the economics and operational agility of cloud-based recovery and consolidate its leadership position within the Recovery as a Service space.
xMatters Inc. today announces the latest release of its cloud platform for enterprise alerts and notifications. Designed to deliver notifications and messaging that enable business continuity and the availability of mission-critical applications, xMatters enables IT teams to alert key stakeholders of service disruptions, technical issues, external emergencies or other sources of business and technology interruption. The new release features enhanced collaboration functionality, an upgraded integration agent, improved mobile support and messaging capabilities as well as increased data quality. The xMatters platform enables enhanced communication between teams encountering an incident that threatens to disrupt day to day operations by enriching the quality of the user interface for collaboration and its attendant messaging capability as illustrated below:
The screenshot above illustrates an incident that requires attention and an accompanying message to a team member to take ownership of the event in question given the unresponsiveness of a different team member. The xMatters user interface provides a method for the responsive team member to elaborate on the chosen course of action by way of a comment that correspondingly updates the larger, background reporting dashboard featuring blue, green and red squares. As shown above, today’s release illustrates features the ability to add two-way, free text notes about an incident as it unfolds. In addition, customers can configure xMatters deployments to notify immediate team members, vendors, senior management and executives as deemed appropriate. Importantly, xMatters also delivers enhanced integrations between the xMatters cloud and on premise enterprise applications both behind and outside the purview of corporate security and enterprise firewalls. The integration of the xMatters cloud with on premise applications enables IT teams to configurae notifications from xMatters by configuring rules that automatically identify issues such as a database failure or anomalies in network traffic. The conjunction of the ability of the xMatters cloud to automate application integrations with its rich user interface for collaboration and messaging renders today’s release an especially valuable addition to the exploding space of business continuity software. Expect xMatters to build on its early traction in the targeted notification space, particularly as the larger market for cloud-based collaboration software deepens its footprint within the enterprise.
Recovery as a Service vendor Axcient revealed details of a “swap-out” program designed to provoke customers that currently use vendors such as Symantec, Datto, eFolder and Stroragecraft into swapping out their existing backup and recovery solution in favor of Axcient’s cloud-based service. Axcient claims that service providers that have switched to its cloud-based backup and recovery solution experience a 30% increase in margins in addition to the ability to protect designated infrastructures in less than 15 minutes. Axcient’s announcement of its swap-out campaign comes roughly five weeks after its release of a virtual appliance that accelerates the installation process and reduces the total cost of ownership specific to deploying its solution. More than a simple backup and recovery service, Axcient’s cloud-based solution provides an innovative interface for recovering specific files as opposed to entire swaths of infrastructure by way of impressive search functionality that allows customers to locate backups of the files or folders that they are seeking to restore. Because its platform is built within a cloud-based infrastructure, Axcient promises to disrupt the economics of backup solutions for the enterprise by delivering a business continuity offering that competes in price, agility and richness of recovery functionality. Customers who exchange their current backup solution for Axcient by April 15, 2014 will be rewarded with a Rolex watch worth up to $20,000.