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VMware, the cloud and virtualization giant, has unveiled vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery, a new cloud-based DR service designed to provide a continuously available recovery site for VMware virtualized data centers.
VMware says the new service is easy to set up, can be self-managed, and costs less than traditional DR solutions. It's available now in all five vCloud Hybrid Service data centers in the U.S. and the U.K.
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery is built on vSphere, continuously replicating virtual machines to a virtual data center within vCloud Hybrid Service, with a recovery point objective (RPO) of up to 15 minutes. The price starts at $835 per month, includes 1TB of storage and standby cloud capacity.
"Everyone wants enterprise-class disaster recovery, but without the complexity and cost of traditional DR," said Jerry Sanchez, vice president of hosting operations, Planview. "We know how to administer vSphere, so the simplicity and familiarity of administering vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery is just as easy, making this service a natural fit for us. Typically, DR services require expensive professional services to install and maintain. With the VMware solution, the data and applications are simply mirrored in vCloud Hybrid Service, ready to go whenever trouble strikes, and with the benefits of a cloud-based economic model."
For VMware's partners, the new service can be offered as a value-add to customers who already have deployed infrastructure, or as comprehensive solution for net-new deployments, creating the ability for bigger opportunities, while continuing to deliver value to customers. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery is sold the same way as any other VMware solution, and partners can retain the billing relationship with customers.
"We continue to aggressively execute our hybrid cloud vision, delivering capabilities like DR that businesses can use to extend and protect their existing IT investment to the cloud," said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "VMware continues to distinguish itself from other cloud providers by making disaster recovery simple and cost-effective, allowing our customers to use a hybrid cloud approach to deliver business value, without wrestling with operational complexity and incompatibility inherent to other public clouds."
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