Cirrity Automates Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

The cloud-based disaster recovery service delivers real-time data protection with leading recovery times.

As businesses of all sizes worry about how to securely protect their company's data, Cirrity has launched vStream, a disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering that automates real-time disaster recovery to the cloud. What's unique about the service is that it eliminates the need to match storage-to-storage hardware, said Cirrity. With vStream, any storage type can be replicated to the company's cloud sites in Atlanta or Phoenix.

The vStream hypervisor-based offering delivers near-continuous replication with block-level, application-consistent data protection across hosts and storage. This allows businesses to protect production applications both to the cloud and in the cloud, said Cirrity.

"DR to the cloud serves as a more effective alternative to in-house DR sites and is considered by many enterprises as a natural first step in the journey to the cloud," Andrew Albrecht, chief operating officer of Cirrity, said in a statement. "With Cirrity, there is no need to worry about compliance and security, allowing a wide range of businesses to leverage their existing virtualized environments and implement a real-time DR plan. The advantages offered by vStream include a cost-effective choice for businesses that need to ensure their data is completely safe and readily available should a system failure take place—even if it's only for a few minutes."

A Markets and Markets report finds that traditional disaster recovery is a significant portion of annual expenses for IT managers, but with a "cloud-based recovery system 'pay as you go' model, the financial impact of downtime can be minimized through replication."

The global DRaaS and cloud-based business continuity market is forecast to reach $5.8 billion in 2018, up from $640.8 million in 2013, according to the report from Markets and Markets. The study also finds that DRaaS targets small and midsized businesses (SMBs) and enterprises.

This dovetails with Cirrity's offering, which is hosted "on a secure and compliant cloud infrastructure that is built on enterprise-class hardware," targeting SMB and enterprise users. "vStream employs leading edge technology, however the system we have created is easy to manage, and we remove all of the headaches from implementation," Dan Timko, president and chief technology officer of Cirrity, said in a statement. "SMB and Enterprise end users will find a new tab in their vCenter management portal that provides easy access to the vStream product."

Key requirements for DRaaS are recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO), along with performance, consistency and geographic separation, according to Markets and Markets. Cirrity claims vStream offers the industry's best recovery times: RPO in seconds and RTO in minutes.

Touted as highly scalable and easy to manage, vStream allows businesses to securely meet regulatory and compliance guidelines. The service is powered by Virtual Replication technology from Zerto, which is comprised of the Zerto Virtual Manager and Virtual Replication Appliance.