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Monday, May 13, 2013

ESG Brief: “Cloud Recovery? Build, Buy or Geminare”


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ESG Product Brief
Cloud Recovery? Build, Buy or Geminare
By Jason Buffington, Senior Analyst
Enterprise Strategy Group
March 2013
ESG Video Brief
You may not have heard of the company Geminare, but it powers many of the world’s cloud-based data recovery services. It’s patented Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) technology allows data protection software vendors and service providers to build branded cloud-based data protection services in a fraction of the time and cost it would take using internally developed services.
The Bigger Truth         
Data protection continues to challenge many IT environments, including not only traditional data backup and recovery, but also business continuity, disaster recovery, and archiving as a means of data preservation. And although on-premises solution vendors continue to innovate, their customers are also looking for answers from the cloud services that may be too costly or complex for traditional vendors to create from scratch.
Geminare started by taking a fresh look at the problem and building its own platform to address those data protection challenges with cloud-based service delivery—and along the way, it secured and now touts “the world’s first and only published RaaS patent.” Then, it offered its cloud-based solution models to traditional vendors who were eager to meet their customers’ cloud-based backup needs without entirely displacing their on-premises partnerships and relationships. And Geminare’s success in establishing those partnerships is impressive.
Without decoding all of the other OEMs, rebrands, and co-developed cloud solutions out there, it may be impossible to calculate for sure, but Geminare’s list of partner vendors may represent more protected data sockets than many other cloud-based data protection offerings—even if you may not have heard of Geminare by name. Whether those partnerships continue will likely be determined by (1) all parties’ relative execution of these cloud offerings, and (2) whether they have the appetite to eventually develop their own backend infrastructure or adopt future enhancements that continue to come to market via Geminare’s platform in a rapid cloud timeframe.
But for those vendors that are wrestling with the decision of whether to “build or buy” as a means to meet their customers’ needs from the cloud, Geminare is an additional choice worth considering.

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20th  - ESG Blog: “Why Google Cloud Storage Nearline is Super Interesting for Data Protection”
19th  - 451 Research: “Geminare integrates DRaaS suite with Google Cloud Platform”
17th  - Gartner Fast Track Report: With Nearline, Google Becomes a Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Provider
16th  - 451 Research: “Google puts the heat on Amazon Glacier with Google Cloud Storage Nearline”
29th  - Geminare Named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner, Inc.
30th  - 451 Research: “Geminare gathers pace in the RaaS arena, looks to grow beyond the US”
10th  - NTTCom Recognized with Highest Score for Product in Gartner’s 2013 Critical Capabilities RaaS Report
13th  - RaaS Market to Hit $5.7 Billion by 2018, Dominated by Geminare, TechNavio Reports
26th  - Geminare’s Recovery as a Service Patent Highlighted Among Top 10 Telco Patents
13th  - ESG Brief: “Cloud Recovery? Build, Buy or Geminare”
18th  - MarketsandMarkets Research: RaaS & Cloud DR Worldwide Forecasts and Analysis (2013 - 2018)
25th  - Geminare’s CEO, Joshua Geist, Named as 2013 CRN Channel Chief
3rd  - Geminare’s myVault Email Archive Finalist for Windows Azure Platform ISV Partner of the Year Award
29th  - 451 Research: “NTTA teams up with Geminare to add fuel to its enterprise cloud portfolio”
14th  - Geminare Recognized at 2012 CIR Risk Management Awards for Risk Management Product of the Year
2nd  - THINKstrategies StrategicThinking Profile: Geminare’s myVault Email Archive powered by Windows Azure
6th  - THINKstrategies StrategicThinking Profile: Geminare’s myVault Email Archive powered by Windows Azure
24th  - Geminare Recognized at 2012 CIR Business Continuity Awards for Most Innovative Product of the Year
1st  - Tier1 Research: “Geminare awarded RaaS patent, pursues global opportunities”
19th  - US Patent and Trademark Office Issues Geminare World’s First Recovery as a Service Platform Patent
23rd  - Tier1 Research: “Geminare’s RaaS rides on Windows Azure, reaching out to Microsoft partners”
17th  - IDC Analyst Connection: How Does Cloud Fit Into Your Business Continuity Planning? By David Senf.
1st  - Aberdeen Group: “How Much of Your Data Should be in the Public Cloud?”
15th  - IDC Vendor Profile of Geminare. By Laura DuBois and Eric Sheppard.
4th  - Tier1 Research: “Geminare channels more partners to deliver cloud-based recovery as a service”
6th  - Evaluator Group Report Identifies Geminare as Rapid Enabler of Higher-Value Cloud Solutions
4th  - Geminare Short-Listed for 2011 CIR Business Continuity Awards
4th  - ESG Report Concludes Geminare is Changing the Economics of BC/DR
12th  - THINKstrategies Cloud Computing Business Value Award, 2010
11th  - Storage Strategies NOW: Outlook Report
7th  - IDC Technology Assessment of Geminare
20th  - Tier1 Research: “Geminare widens audience for DR services with broader OS support”
13th  - Storage Strategies NOW: “Geminare offers customers reliable, on-demand cloud application recovery”
10th  - Storage Strategies NOW: “Geminare targets cloud-based Recovery as a Service”
26th  - Tier1 Research: “Qwest partners with Geminare for cloud-based disaster recovery service”
19th  - MaRS Discovery District
13th  - Tier1 Research: “Geminare tackles cloud insecurities with new version of cloud storage platform”
17th  - Tier1 Research: “Geminare adds more cloud options for disaster recovery as a service”
29th  - Tier1 Research: “Geminare has stealthy SaaS approach to DR that’s gaining converts”
15th  - CA and Geminare Short-Listed for 2009 CIR Business Continuity Awards