UPDATED 19:09 EST / NOVEMBER 10 2021


VMware takes on cloud-based disaster recovery as ransomware risks linger post-pandemic

Workflow disasters are inevitable, whether caused by cyberattacks, natural disasters or economic disruptions caused by a global pandemic.

With proper preparations for disaster recovery, efforts can be made to prevent or lessen the impact of these disturbances. Last year, VMware Inc. introduced VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery after the acquisition of Datrium Inc., a company specializing in tier-one hyperconverged infrastructure for hybrid clouds.

“The analysts are projecting that the disaster recovery as-a-service market is going to reach about $10 billion by 2025,” said Vijay Ramachandran (pictured), vice president of product management at VMware. “[VMware Cloud DR] was largely driven by two key trends we’ve seen in the market. One is that a lot of our customers have regulatory mandates to have a DR plan in place. And second is ransomware.”

Ramachandran spoke with Lisa Martin, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during theCUBE on VMworld event. They discussed recovery from ransomware attacks, how VMware assists customers with recovery and prevention, key enhancements coming to the platform and more. (* Disclosure below.)

Real-time ransom recovery

Ransomware is a growing, universal issue, strengthened by the anonymity of cryptocurrency, among other such factors enabling an expanding threat surface. And the effects are lingering in a post-COVID economy, according to a recent Gartner Inc. report. Ramachandran cited one VMware client that utilized VCDR to recover after a ransomware attack.

“They were looking to lower the cost of disaster recovery. But, more importantly, they were looking to protect themselves against potential ransomware threats, and they were able to deploy VCDR and have those multiple points in time,” he said. “The single file recovery was a huge benefit for them because they can then figure out exactly which of those files required recovery.”

Ramachandran went on to outline a few key enhancements announced at this year’s VMworld, including enhanced ransom recovery enhancement integration with VMware’s Cloud coordinator platform.

“The fully integrated solution provides a simple plug and play solution for any workload that’s running in Amazon Web Services,” he said. “There’s a lot more in the works, so you’ll see that in the coming weeks and months.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of theCUBE on VMworld event. (*Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for theCUBE on VMworld event. Neither VMware Inc., the sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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