Unitrends Launches Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery Service

The DRaaS offering includes a local appliance, all necessary services and the ability to replicate and spin up virtual machines in the cloud.

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Multi-environment data protection and disaster recovery specialist Unitrends announced the launch of its hybrid cloud Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering, which utilizes the company’s ReliableDR, Enterprise Backup and Unitrends Bridge technologies.

The company claims the automated business continuity solution can guarantee full recovery of entire IT infrastructures in the cloud within hours of a declared disaster.

The DRaaS offering includes annual or monthly subscription rates, on-premise appliances ranging from 1 terabyte (TB) to 97TB, or software virtual appliance options for fast instant recovery of physical and virtual machines, the company’s archiving hardware and software capabilities and installation and cloud seeding services.

Pricing for the offerings ranges from 18 cents per gigabyte (GB) per month to 32 cents per GB per month. The company’s hybrid cloud DRaaS offering includes a local appliance, all necessary services, and the ability to replicate and spin up virtual machines in the cloud.

Customers can also add additional virtual machines for a fee, and disaster recovery assurance services through ReliableDR are available for $50 per virtual machine per GB per month, the company noted.

Through these guarantees, customers are able to test recovery policies every day and quantify their recovery service level agreement (SLA) requirements, and by leveraging Unitrends’ aforementioned technologies, customers can also spin up VMware virtual machines and provide complete disaster recovery testing, governance and compliance.

Other features of the DRaaS platform include next business day shipment of replacement in the event of a hardware failure, a simple trade-in policy to upgrade to higher storage tiers and appliance replacements, and No Limits Cloud storage, which provides continuous replication in the cloud up to the limit of the physical appliance or virtual appliance tier.

"We’ve combined several proven technologies into a unified and federated cloud offering," Mark Campbell, Unitrends’ chief strategy and technology officer, said in a statement. "Unitrends empowers customers with the ability to orchestrate recovery processes to meet application recovery point objectives, recovery time objectives and SLAs. The result is audit and compliance proof to meet regulatory and legal requirements, 100 percent Disaster Recovery Assurance, and peace of mind that mission-critical applications are protected and can be run from the cloud when needed."

Unitrends already has a portfolio of virtual and physical backup and recovery appliances and software that enable continuous data protection on-premise and instant recovery of environments ranging from physical servers to VMWare and Hyper-V virtual machines to converged fabrics such as Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers.

"While backup has become much easier over the years, recovery remains a complex process, especially for small and mid-sized enterprises that don’t have the budget or technical expertise to build a second data center," Campbell continued. "This new DRaaS offering simplifies and automates recovery, and unlike competitive approaches that simply throw customers a lifeboat by failing over to another location when a disaster occurs, gives organizations the tools to absolutely guarantee business continuity."