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Data protection vendors plug into AWS disaster recovery capabilities

Vendors add backup, replication, data migration and high availability products and services for disaster recovery during Amazon's AWS re:Invent conference.

Vendors are building out public cloud services for replication, data migration, high availability and business continuity -- signs that the cloud is maturing into a legitimate way to tier data.

At Amazon's annual AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, CommVault, Zerto, Zadara Storage, Unitrends and Rackware rolled out enterprise protection and management capabilities for data in Amazon Web Services (AWS). These capabilities enhance AWS disaster recovery functionality, according to industry experts.

CommVault Simpana added data management and protection support for AWS that includes a self-service virtual machine (VM) for provisioning, data recovery, resource management, backup recovery and archiving, and snapshot data protection in AWS. The backup software vendor introduced a function that allows automated, policy-based data management across hybrid cloud architectures from a single console.

CommVault also added VM provisioning and lifecycle management for workloads running on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud.

Zadara Storage, a SaaS provider, expanded its high availability and data protection services for its Virtual Private Storage Array (VPSA). Zadara added Multi-Zone HA, which allows for automatic real-time failover across geographically distributed sites. Multi-Zone HA synchronously replicates block and file storage for Zadara VPSA cloud and on-premises as a service customers, who can distribute application servers across AWS Availability Zones.

Zerto this week added replication to AWS via its Zerto Virtual Replication services. The services include the use of AWS as a backup or disaster recovery target for VMware VMs, automated orchestration for the disaster recovery processes to ensure application consistency and continuous data protection that minimizes the impact on the production environment. The Zerto services allow for virtual protection groups to ensure applications with multiple VMs can be recovered with write-order fidelity while also providing continuous data protection and automated recovery of VMs in the AWS environment.

Unitrends launched a virtual appliance called Boomerang that gives organizations to ability to use AWS for load balancing, disaster recovery and data migration. The appliance can be used in a hybrid configuration to protect and migrate VMs for public or on-premises cloud. The software handles cloud bursting, replication of virtual environments that store data in AWS, and backup and automated data migration from VMware to AWS.

Rackware expanded the DR capabilities of its cloud application migration software with its Rackware Management Module (RMM) for AWS. RMM for AWS decouples and moves operating system, application and data workloads to AWS. It also automatically instantiates applications in AWS when demand spikes and moves them back into an internal site when demand ends. Rackware's Cloud DR lets customers fail over applications into any AWS location and fail them back when the primary application becomes available again.

Analyst: Conference now focuses on AWS disaster recovery capability

Jim Rapoza, senior research analyst at Aberdeen Group, said the AWS conference has evolved. It originally focused on developers who want to know what applications to build for the cloud but now provides management capabilities to use the cloud for traditional enterprise needs. There's an enhanced focus on disaster recovery within Amazon Web Services among developers.

"Now we are getting into things that focus on configuration, automation and disaster recovery," Rapoza said. "We are getting into that phase. We are getting past that wonder stage. Now it's about how do I effectively manage it and make it part of the enterprise.

"We now know what the cloud is. We now know how to build cloud applications and how to deploy the cloud. Now, I need to know how to manage it, especially in my overall infrastructure."

Mike Matchett, senior analyst at Taneja Group, said Amazon is positioning its Aurora MySQL database engine as an alternative to using a high-end SAN.

"What they are saying is you can move the database to the cloud and you don't have to think about storage," he said. "Overall, Amazon is trying hard to make its services not just for Web 2.0 companies but for everyone. What this means is that they are bringing enterprise storage features that they can certify and validate and support, and these smaller partners are filling in the gaps on the Amazon side for enterprise storage."

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