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Druva Phoenix rises as disaster recovery service

Druva launches disaster recovery as a service for its Phoenix backup. The software pushes data images to AWS cloud so instances can be spun up when there is business interruption.

Druva has built a new disaster recovery as a service capability into its Phoenix backup platform that allows companies...

to continuously protect VMware data in the cloud.

Using Amazon Web Services (AWS), the DRaaS builds on the ability of Druva Phoenix to back up and archive physical and virtual servers, the backup vendor announced this week. It enables companies to build DR without setting up a secondary site.

"The process we are launching gives Phoenix the ability to back up to a virtual environment so if a server goes down, Phoenix provides the ability to selectively pick the VMs and configure them for disaster recovery," said Dave Packer, Druva's vice president of product marketing.

Druva launched its inSync endpoint backup product in 2008. Druva Phoenix launched in late 2014 as cloud backup for physical and virtual servers.

The new DRaaS uses agentless snapshots with Changed Block Tracking, and automatically converts VMs to AWS EC2 instances. The VMs are automatically recovered and spun up in the cloud if a server becomes unavailable on premises.

The Druva Phoenix failover process leverages AWS Virtual Private Cloud configurations for automated network and security failover without the need to set it up and manage it independently. The failover boots the Amazon Machine Images in customers' accounts with predefined security and network group settings.

"Customers already have pre-configurations for network and security for their AWS accounts. We are just pushing the machine images to customers' own AWS accounts," Packer said. "We basically do a regular push of these images into their accounts. Druva has no access to that environment for security purposes. Druva only pushes these updates into their accounts so it's a much more pristine, secure account for them."

The Druva Phoenix failover process leverages AWS Virtual Private Cloud configurations for automated network and security failover without the need to set it up and manage it independently.

Packer said the machine images in the account are on warm standby so they are ready to be spun up when needed and no major conversion process is required.

"They already have the most current conversion," he said.

Druva Phoenix pricing will be set when the service becomes available in March.

Jason Buffington, principal analyst for data protection at Enterprise Strategy Group, said global, scale-out deduplication is the key to Druva Phoenix.

"It's how they deliver the dedupe model they use in the cloud," Buffington said. "There are a lot of folks that believe the cloud is cheaper. That is blatantly not true. Some find that going to the cloud for data protection is more expensive because of the consumption-based model over time, unless they do scale-out dedupe. Druva's dedupe model reduces data sent to the cloud as well as how well they store data."

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