Data protection vendor Druva has added Disaster Recovery (DR) functionality to its cloud-based data protection solution, Druva Phoenix.

The new capability enables organizations to continuously back up their VMware environments, and automatically recover and spin-up their virtual machines into the Amazon Web Services public cloud in the event of a disaster.

This means that enterprises that have lost data for whatever reason will still be able to function using backed-up data without having to buy additional dedicated on-premises software, storage or hardware.

In fact, according to Jaspreet Singh, CEO and founder of Druva, eliminating these different elements can save enterprises from one-third to one-fifth of their total operating costs while still offering them the possibility of using large data sets efficient and effectively.

What Is Druva?

Druva, founded in 2008, is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. It also has offices in India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Singapore, Japan and Australia. It recently made it onto the Gartner Cool Vendors 2015: Business and "Things" report.

Druva provides data protection and governance services to an estimated 3,000 mid- to large-enterprises across a range of industries that include technology, manufacturing and healthcare, among others.

Druva Phoenix was launched about a year ago. At the time, Druva claimed it offered the first integrated public cloud offering that could give enterprises backup and archiving of both physical and virtual server environments directly in AWS.

Now companies can use Phoenix to set up detailed polices to automate network and security failover to a disaster recovery environment and reduce downtime. 

Streamlining Data Backup

Enterprises have been struggling to juggle multiple hardware and software resources to manage, protect and secure data  – including on-site tape, secondary disk hardware and backup software.

Singh told us DR is designed to make the entire system more efficient by eliminating data silos and letting enterprises backup their data at will.

“Providing DR in the cloud means that when a disaster strikes, whether it’s a chopped network cable or a hurricane, companies can automatically fail over to the cloud,” he said.

Responding To Cloud Adoption

He points out that while cloud adoption has doubled year-over-year in unregulated industries, it has nearly tripled in regulated industries.

“The trend we are seeing is that the heavier-regulated industries, which are often the enterprises with the most data, are the most aggressive in cloud adoption,” he said.

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“The data protection level that can be achieved in the cloud is much better than what these companies can provide themselves, and the pace at which these organizations are adopting the cloud suggests that many of the unique needs of regulated industries are being solved by cloud-based solutions.”

The development of solutions like Druva Phoenix and this week’s Disaster Recovery is a response to the upheaval that is currently underway in data centers.

He also points out that they are seeing more and more enterprises embracing the public cloud, generally. This dovetails with Foresters Recent Wave on Hybrid Cloud Management, which showed many enterprises are looking for cloud management tools to enable secure cloud computing.

“These organizations are moving to the cloud because they are confident that the cloud provides a secure environment. The convergence of ‘data protection’ and ‘cloud services’ makes sense for organizations of all sizes, as these companies are looking for better recovery-agility while reducing costs and complexity,” he added.

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