Geminare Blog

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015

DRaaS becomes mainstream and looks to OpenStack and hybrid deployments for growth

By Joshua Geist, CEO Geminare
Earlier this year Gartner released the very first Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Magic Quadrant, signaling both the importance of DRaaS and the increased demand from the enterprise and mid-market customers.
While the publication of the inaugural Gartner DRaaS Magic Quadrant indicated the next phase of maturity of DRaaS, it also recognized and identified two critical realizations:
1. “By 2018, the number of organizations using disaster recovery as a service will exceed the number of organizations using traditional syndicated recovery services.”  Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service, John P Morency, Christine Tenneson, April 21, 2015
2. “… [there are] well over 170 DRaaS providers in the market … “ Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service, John P Morency, Christine Tenneson, April 21, 2015
Clearly, DRaaS has reached mainstream adoption.  The argument is no longer “should you be using DRaaS?” but rather, “which systems should be using DRaaS?”.  As mainstream adoption hits, enterprise customers incorporate this into their IT strategy and dramatic acceleration happens.
It should then come as no surprise that the Service Provider market has been actively working to embrace DRaaS as a core part of their solutions portfolio.  With more customers embracing DRaaS than traditional DR, and a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 55% (TechNavio Global Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) Market 2015-2019, January 14, 2015 SKU: IRTNTR5064), the market is at a tipping point and poised for rapid acceleration.
Service Providers that want to lead their customers need to ensure they have established a DRaaS solution or practice.  And this is exactly what they have done, en masse.  Gartner identified “well over 170 DRaaS providers” when they began to build the DRaaS Magic Quadrant and I would estimate that this number will have seen a large increase by the time the next Magic Quadrant is released.
Enter OpenStack, Hybrid DRaaS and a supportive global DRaaS Service Provider ecosystem.
As Service Providers move forward with new solutions and business models, they are going to need help. Moving from being a supplier to being a full “Solution Provider” is not an easy task given the size and inertia that exists in the ecosystem. As help is needed the best place to turn is as always your friends, i.e. those that have worked with you in the past to successfully grow your business, and that are strong in areas such as hardware, software, solutions, services, financings, support, … the list goes on and on.  This is the primary reason we chose to partner with Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) to bring DRaaS on Helion OpenStack to market.  HPE represents a rich ecosystem of both partners as well as support capabilities that can bridge the gap so desperately needed by the Server Provider community and their customers.
The second reason for this partnership is OpenStack.  
Geminare is a Supporting Organization of OpenStack, and we strongly believe that the technology stack, partnerships and growth potential of OpenStack can create a powerful ecosystem for DRaaS.  As hybrid deployments of DRaaS become the number one deployment model, both customers and service providers are highly likely to adopt flexible, open standards based solutions that provide interoperability with other clouds, Service Providers and technologies.  OpenStack does this.  HPE’s dedication to OpenStack through their Helion OpenStack deployment truly represents technology, support and a willingness to help bridge the gap for Service Providers.
So when the opportunity arose to bring DRaaS to the Helion OpenStack community, who better to help Hewlett Packard Enterprise enter and accelerate their DRaaS Network of Helion OpenStack service providers than Geminare. 
With DRaaS for HPE Helion OpenStack®, SPs have access to offerings that are fully integrated with HPE Helion OpenStack, Google Cloud Platform, AWS, VMware’s vCloud Air and many other Clouds both public, private and hybrid, enabling one of the broadest networks of DRaaS providers available today.
So what does this mean for the customer?  Choice.
Choice not only in terms of which region to store data but choice in terms of which capability is needed from which Service Provider. Through the Service Providers that have chosen to embrace Geminare’s DRaaS Cloud Management Platform a global footprint representing and protecting customers in over 17 different countries and regions has formed including: USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Panama, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Jamaica, and Australia.  Through the launch of DRaaS on Helion OpenStack, a customer’s ability to select best of breed partners and capabilities just became potentially endless. 
Customers can now select DRaaS solutions from a practically unlimited set of Global Service Providers thanks to HPE’s reach and capabilities.
To learn more about DRaaS on Helion OpenStack visit the HPE Solutions catalog here:
About the Geminare DRaaS Cloud Management Platform (DRaaS CMP)
The award-winning, multi-patented DRaaS CMP is one of the industry’s most mature platforms for the delivery of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offerings. Geminare’s multi-tiered DRaaS CMP is a comprehensive set of technologies, and one of the earliest CMP offerings to include over 18 management capabilities to both Partners and their Customers. CMP supports the service environments for Cloud Recovery and Cloud Archive.
About Geminare
Geminare is the leading Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) technology platform, enabling global Service Providers to successfully incorporate DRaaS into their customer-facing solution offerings. In-market with the #1 ranked DRaaS products, Geminare’s Cloud Recovery has received the Highest Product Rating Score in Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for Recovery as a Service Report and represents the industry's most mature, multi-patented, multi-tiered, and award-winning Cloud-based DR offering. Geminare’s platform powers DRaaS Magic Quadrant Leaders and many of the world’s leading Service Providers including Google Cloud Platform, HP, NTT Communications, Cosentry, Cable & Wireless Communications, Dimension Data, Iron Mountain, HOSTING and many others. Geminare is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with additional operations in Toronto, Canada.

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