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.
Today, nScaled announced a partnership with Arrow Electronics Inc. (Arrow) whereby Arrow’s enterprise computing solutions division will market nScaled’s Disaster Recovery as a Service solution in collaboration with its channel partners. As a result of the partnership, Arrow Electronics will integrate nScaled into its ArrowSphere platform and subsequently allow its partner community to price and configure nScaled for commercial availability within their channel ecosystems. nScaled offers Arrow’s channel partners the opportunity to market a disaster recovery solution that provides organizations with a cloud-based, disaster recovery solution designed to enable recovery of data and applications within less than 15 minutes. Built upon an infrastructure composed of datacenters in London, England, Ashburn, VA and Dallas, TX, nScaled’s cloud platform is divided into eight regions that collectively have the ability to ensure system uptime in the event that one of the regions fails. Moreover, one of the company’s SLAs promises the capability to recover all of the customers within a specific region in the event that region fails.
Customers can interact with nScaled’s solution by means of a visually rich user interface that illustrates the relationship between on-premise infrastructure components and their corresponding backup location within nScaled’s cloud platform. Moreover, the nScaled dashboard enables users to tag infrastructure components in order to selectively recover and restore infrastructure components related to a specific vertical or topic such as “Accounting” or “Customer X”. Customers set the frequency by which backups are performed and can choose to recover specific versions of the backup based on a time and date stamp. Targeted toward SMBs, the platform delivers a fully managed disaster recovery solution that absolves users of the necessity of building an offsite colocation center with all of its attendant capital expenses and maintenance requirements. In an interview with Cloud Computing Today, nScaled VP of Sales, Mark Jameson noted that the market for cloud-based disaster recovery as a service platforms is still very much in its infancy, although the space has shown tremendous growth over the last three years. Today’s announcement of a partnership with Arrow Electronics goes a long way toward extending the reach of nScaled and positions it to build on its designation by Forrester Research as a leader in the disaster as a recovery service space.
Today, Axcient, a leader in cloud based and backup and recovery solutions, announces the availability of a virtual appliance as a deployment option for its cloud-based, backup and recovery solution. In contrast to the deployment option whereby Axcient customers purchase and install hardware, the virtual appliance accelerates the installation process by allowing customers to download and install it within minutes. The virtual appliance runs on an individual virtual host, scales up to 20 terabytes per VM, and reduces the overall total cost of ownership by enabling customers to avoid costly installation and maintenance expenses for a physical hardware appliance.
The basic premise of Axcient’s solution consists of backup and recovery services for enterprise IT that take advantage of the economics and agility of the cloud. The diagram below illustrates the positioning of the Axcient appliance in relation to the IT environment that constitutes the object of Axcient’s recovery as a solution service:
Axcient’s recovery as a service solution supports private and public clouds and delivers a user friendly interface for both monitoring an IT environment, and recovering data once it has been lost or diminished. Designed to accommodate the needs of cloud service providers as well as enterprises, Axcient’s monitor and control dashboard summarizes the status of backup and replication across different ecosystems with corresponding detail about their constituent devices. As for the process of recovering lost data, customers can take advantage of the Axcient user interface’s search functionality to identify files that need to be recovered. Today’s announcement about its virtual appliance means that prospective customers can benefit from an even more agile and cost effective implementation process than was previously available.
The user friendly quality of the Axcient search and recovery interface, in conjunction with its streamlined implementation process are likely to spearhead the adoption of cloud-based solutions for backup and recovery amongst enterprise customers that are searching for a more cost effective and flexible solution than the traditional path of building or renting a replication facility. Moreover, Axcient boasts a cloud geography divided into multiple regions whereby regions replicate each other to ensure availability in the event that one region’s uptime is compromised, as explained to Cloud Computing Today by CEO Justin Moore. Because its process of replication is incremental, Axcient’s recovery solution provides customers with version control capabilities that enable the recovery of data in one version of the backup which may have been erased, modified or deleted in subsequent versions. As the enterprise becomes increasingly comfortable using cloud options for development, production and test environments, the industry should expect solutions like Axcient’s to proliferate and disrupt on premise-based models for disaster recovery.