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Symantec to deliver disaster recovery as a service on Windows Azure
Posted on 12-Jun-2012 13:25. | Tags Filed under: News.

Symantec Corp. will extend Symantec's Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Veritas Volume replicator disaster recovery (DR) software solution to the Windows Azure cloud platform.

Symantec's solution will allow organizations of any size to recover business critical applications and their associated data in Windows Azure in the event of a local failure or site disaster. The solution will expand the ability of Symantec's existing business continuity solutions for Microsoft Corp., providing on-premise-to-cloud disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).

"Windows Azure is designed to provide resilience and availability," said Walid Abu-Hadba, corporate vice president, developer and platform evangelism at Microsoft. "Symantec's service aims to extend the built-in reliability of Windows Azure and help customers recover on-premises applications and data with a disaster recovery and business continuity solution utilizing complementary technology from both Symantec and Microsoft."

Symantec's DRaaS solution with Windows Azure will go beyond today's more common backup to and recovery from the cloud offerings. Symantec's award winning Storage Foundation High Availability and Veritas Volume Replicator high availability and disaster recovery technology will enable organizations to not just protect their data but protect their applications as well. With this solution, IT organizations will benefit by realizing vastly improved recovery time and recovery point objectives for business critical applications in the event of an on-premise outage.

Not only will the solution ensure real-time replication of critical application data, but it will also provide end-to-end recovery coordination from the data all the way up through the application. IT organizations can avoid having to manage a DR site themselves and benefit from the cloud services provided by Windows Azure.

Technology from Symantec's market leading Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Veritas Volume Replicator products will form the basis for the solution. With this announcement, Symantec continues to expand its availability and disaster recovery interoperability with Microsoft solutions, which includes Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server Hyper-V, and now Windows Azure. More information on the new solution will be made available at a later date.

"Windows Azure is growing rapidly as a platform, and we are seeing many of our customers utilizing it as part of a new delivery model for computing resources," said Deepak Mohan, Senior Vice President, Storage and Availability Management Group, Symantec. "With Symantec's proven high availability technology, and Microsoft's cloud platform, organizations can rest assured that their business will keep running in cases of disasters and outages."

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