IBM has launched two new cloud services to help enterprises further extend backup, archiving and recovery for critical data and applications.
IBM has announced two new
cloud services that enable users to protect, store and retrieve their most
critical data in minutes-versus days-in the event of a disaster.
The new IBM SmartCloud
Resilience services enable customers to protect their data and applications
faster, cheaper and in a more flexible manner than they could before within a
traditional data center environment, IBM officials said. The IBM SmartCloud
offers companies of various sizes a virtual and physical server recovery
service that continuously replicates their applications and all associated data
on a secure cloud infrastructure. This enables them to have their business up
and running in minutes after declaring an outage in their IT infrastructure.
Moreover, IBM's cloud
enables customers to securely manage and balance workloads, lower application
and system downtime and reduce data loss. These services help clients avoid
capital expense by more efficiently monitoring operational expenses and service
levels, reducing the burden on IT staff.
"Now more than ever,
companies are relying on a massive amount of data to run their businesses,
storing it longer and retrieving it as needed," Rick Ruiz, general manager
of IBM's Business Continuity and Resiliency Services, said in a statement.
"This creates a need for a business resilience strategy that will ensure
continuous operation and create a competitive advantage to enable growth
opportunities. Our new cloud services bring flexibility, scalability and rapid
provisioning to help accomplish that."
The new services include the
IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery, which
increases the reliability and efficiency of recovery to help
practically eliminate business downtime, and minimize data loss, IBM said. The
service provides clients with an easy-to-use portal for remote access to
rapidly bring back their business on IBM's recovery infrastructure in case of
outage, replicating both server software and associated data continuously. And
it eliminates the issues of recovery on physical non-like hardware and travel
to disaster sites.
The other service is the IBM
SmartCloud Archive, which is designed specifically to meet stringent privacy
and regulatory compliance, from advanced search and indexing and retrieval, to
eDiscovery capabilities. This service provides clients with an advanced
document and records management system to deal with structured and unstructured
content. It also provides control over rising data-storage costs and improved
availability of critical business content, IBM officials said.
The new services complement
IBM's existing SmartCloud
offering, which has been used by hundreds of clients for the
past two years. The cloud-based managed backup services provide flexible,
automatic management and monitoring of backup and recovery processes, including
hardware, software, installation and support, and can be delivered in a public,
private or hybrid cloud environment.
This service can be combined
with the Archive and Virtualized services for storage, data protection and
replication. Other cloud-based business-continuity tools include the IBM
Tivoli Storage Manager Suite for Unified Recovery
, which provides disaster-recovery
software that can be enabled as a cloud-storage option.
Meanwhile, IBM officials
said the company has been working with the USGA (United States Golf Association)
since 2008 on a variety of information-protection services, including building
a comprehensive infrastructure-recovery solution.
"With new regulations
like compliance and increasing security and data demands on our network, we
have made it a priority to protect our data and ensure we have the right
disaster-recovery plan in place," Jessica Carroll, managing director of
Information Technologies at USGA, said in a statement. "In working with
IBM on this multi-year project and tapping their business resilience and cloud
expertise, we have put in place a flexible infrastructure-recovery solution
that ensures the availability and resiliency of our core business
The two new services will be
available starting July 19. They are a part of the IBM SmartCloud
consisting of next-generation, enterprise cloud technologies and services
offerings for private, public and hybrid clouds based on IBM hardware,
software, services and best practices.