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Top DRaaS companies to watch

Ryan Francis | May 11, 2017
Forrester Research releases its report on the disaster-recovery-as-a-service companies that lead the market segment.

Bluelock. Bluelock’s automated recovery includes machine startup, resource provisioning, success/failure assessment, and hierarchy-based and group-based recovery of systems based on their dependencies or RTO /RPO requirements. Bluelock Portfolio is a consolidated decision support system for a client’s entire recovery environment, allowing for recovery, testing, and documentation. Its unique Recovery Health feature is an automated real-time assessment of a client’s recovery environment. Bluelock offers historical test results on the self-service portal. Bluelock deploys a host of security infrastructure like two-factor authentication, a high-availability (HA) firewall, an intrusion detection system (IDS), and automated and manual penetration testing.

Bluelock could be even better with improved heterogeneous platform support. Its primary challenge is that it delivers recovery services for Intel platforms and lacks support for heterogeneous platforms.

IBM. IBM offers three service levels — gold, silve, and bronze — with recovery times from a few minutes to 6 hours. IBM recently acquired Sanovi Technologies, whose orchestration technology augments IBM’s existing resiliency portfolio with a solution that simplifies and automates the DR process, manages recovery workflows, and reduces recovery time, operating costs, and DR drill testing time. IBM’s portfolio also includes services like business continuity planning, risk assessment, consulting, design, and implementation.

From a central dashboard, resiliency professionals can automate and monitor RPOs and RTO s in their disaster recovery environments by application, server or database to work toward business-driven recovery outcomes.

IBM could be even better if it improves its self-service; the vendor’s primary challenges are in unifying its self-service portal because of the Sanovi acquisition.

Iland. The vendor delivers its iland Secure DRaaS using Double-Take, Veeam Software and Zerto. Its self-service console integrates the underpinning replication solutions and makes it easy for customers to perform all operations on a single console. The iland Secure Cloud Console automatically measures the RPO and displays it over time and offers embedded security and compliance reporting. Once failover is executed, systems are scanned regularly for viruses, vulnerabilities, file integrity, firewall events, web reputation, application control and intrusions. Upon failover, customers immediately gain access to built-in seven-day backups, providing additional resiliency.

With expanded platform support, iland could be even better. Like many providers, iland lacks complete coverage of enterprises’ heterogeneous technology infrastructure. Orchestration at the hypervisor level serves this purpose, but enterprise customers also need business application orchestration, which iland currently lacks.

HPE Enterprise Services (now DXC Technology). HPE Enterprise Services uses the Veritas Resiliency Platform (VRP) and Microsoft Azure Site Recovery for replication and the administrator portal. The VRP self-service portal has an intuitive interface for administrative tasks and procedures. Its dashboard displays the high-level status of all protected data centers and gives visibility into the achievement of RTO s and RPOs. VRP performs patch management and vulnerability scanning and has firewalls for security controls and access. VRP’s orchestration capabilities are quite comprehensive compared with those of other vendors in this evaluation.


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