Cloud’s Growing Influence in Backup & Recovery

The cloud is one of the major trends doing a rather successful job at disrupting today’s IT environments from end-to-end, and backup and recovery is no exception. The latest testimony of that is SunGuard’s latest announcement: the launch of a new backup servics running on AWS, with several more in the works.  The new “ bi-directional disaster recovery services,” as SunGuard calls them, make a very big deal out of security in order to tear down one of the biggest barriers blocking enterprise cloud adoption.

The initial service leverages AWS Direct Connect from Amazon’s East Coast data centers, and plugs it into the SunGuard Enterprise Cloud.  This enables asynchronous transmits via the said bi-directional connection between the AWS Storage Gateway and SunGuard, adding extra security and data protection. The service has not yet been launched into general availability and is in preview.

“Amazon Web Services is a leading global cloud provider. SunGard is a leader in reliability, with over a decade of managed service informed by three decades of being the world’s leading DR provider. Working with Amazon Web Services means bringing those two worlds together and providing customers of both organizations a more comprehensive range of cloud-based services,” said SunGuard chief exec Indu Kodukula.

There have actually been a few backup-related developments lately. Symantec rolled out the newest versions of Backup Exec 2012 and its NetApp storage-specific edition, and also made an entry of its own to the cloud. The two offerings now feature support for virtualized deployments, among several other major improvements.

And earlier this week, Symantec sued competitors  Acronis and Veeam in a California court over patent infringement. The latter recently announced a new offering developed jointly with Coraid, integrating technologies from the two firms.