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Sanovi plants a stake in the disaster recovery services market

Sanovi has customized its application-aware disaster continuity and recovery software for public, private or hybrid clouds.

Sanovi has upgraded its Cloud Continuity software for service providers that want to implement disaster recovery across private, public and hybrid configurations.

Sanovi has taken its core Application Defined Continuity (ADC) technology and re-coded it to provide scalable disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) management. Sanovi's DRaaS captures an application's complete continuity profile, and can map the application's profile to specific cloud architecture and requirements.

The company's new Cloud Continuity suite provides application-aware disaster recovery templates and real-time monitoring of recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO). It also does pre-flight checks along with failover and failback for DR testing, automated application recovery, and compliance and deviation reports. Sanovi also uses file- and block-based replication to protect applications.

"Our application reduces the amount of black magic needed to do disaster recovery," said Lakshman Narayanaswamy, Sanovi's vice president of products. "We capture all the recovery requests in recovery automation repositories to build simple orchestration and automation for disaster recovery.

"Disaster recovery drills or tests are time-consuming and hard to schedule. It's very dependent on the right people doing the right thing at the right time. Traditional DR and DC solutions are pre-allocated to a particular application."

Sanovi's Cloud Continuity application disaster recovery requirements are encapsulated in ADC profiles and catalogs. The profiles contain the business priority of the applications, recovery service-level agreements, RPOs and RTOs and the compute, network and storage profile of the disaster recovery infrastructure.

It identifies the best data protection practices, which Sanovi calls "signatures." The signatures are deployed for automation, reporting, orchestration, provisioning, recovery authentication drills or disaster recovery automation.

"We identify all the recovery signatures," Narayanswamy said. "For example, if you protect Oracle on NetApp or EMC or Hitachi, there are best practices to do that. So during the application discovery, the best practice is deployed for automation reporting, orchestration, monitoring, recovery authentication or disaster recovery automation."

John Morency, Gartner's research vice president for data center strategy, said Sanovi goes beyond cloud software and public clouds in streamlining the process of restarts and recovery.

"What is different with Sanovi is a lot of the focus is above the level of the infrastructure," Morency said. "When you sell software to service providers, you run into major complexity, like VMware which does cloud continuity via its vCloud Director. In general, providers don't generally offer automated software."

Cloud providers like Amazon Web Services only give customers the ability to activate virtual machines and all the configurations, said Morency. Sanovi provides tools to ensure the process is efficient and automated.

"Amazon is not doing that because their resources are so dynamic," Morency said.

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