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OUTLOOK REPORT (Summary)
Data Protection and Recovery in the Small and Mid-Sized Business (SMB)

By Deni Connor, Patrick H. Corrigan and James E. Bagley
Storage Strategies NOW
October 11, 2010

Introduction
The data protection and recovery space is exploding as more businesses recognize that protecting their assets – their information — is key to business survival. Small and mid-sized businesses are a market that has been underserved by data protection software, appliances and online backup services until the last few years. Yet, these organizations have the same needs as large enterprises to protect their data. SMBs, unlike large enterprises, though are faced with a number of unique challenges.

 

Providing full-time dedicated IT resources may be beyond their means and paying for that IT help and for the software to manage their data may quickly overwhelm them. They often turn to managed service providers or value-added resellers to manage their infrastructures or to supplement the IT skills they have.

 

Now, there are many software packages, appliances, target arrays (which have integrated snapshot and replication capabilities) and services available to SMB customers that provide data protection and recovery. This survey addresses most of them.

IDC Technology Assessment of Geminare

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TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT (Summary)
Geminare Incorporated: Delivering Cloud–Based Disaster Recovery and Server Replication for SMEs

By Krista Napier, Senior Analyst
IDC Canada
October 2010

IDC OPINION

Traditional on-premise infrastructure solutions for disaster recovery and server replication can represent large capital, software, and operational costs for organizations. These costs can price smaller and medium size businesses out of enterprise class solutions, and represent large expenditures particularly in vertical markets where regulation is rigorous and costs can be high, such as financial services, legal, and healthcare. Geminare is addressing the need in the market for affordable robust solutions by offering cloud-based disaster recovery and server replication capabilities for SMEs.

IDC believes Geminare’s solution can deliver the following:

  • Monetization Opportunities for Public Cloud & Service Providers. The Geminare solution is a white-labeled multi-tenant cloud service platform that provides partners a way to monetize their cloud infrastructure investments beyond the existing cloud compute and cloud storage product offerings which have already become commoditized.

 

  • Customer Upgrade Paths. The Geminare solution allows cloud providers to target SMEs with a low-cost and low-risk way to leverage cloud services without giving up complete control of on-premise critical applications and databases to the cloud. Once customers are comfortable with the service levels from cloud computing, they can then be targeted for add-on services or moved to a collocation service.

 

  • Reduced Costs for Real-time Disaster Recovery. Geminare’s solution is designed to allow the small and medium sized market to move to a managed service model for replication and archiving of critical applications and databases without additional capital or software expenditure, reducing the need and operational costs for on-premise disaster recovery infrastructure.

 

  • Scalability – Without Added Investment. The solution is designed to scale over time without increasing the cost of overhead on a physical building. As well, the Geminare Recovery as a Service (RaaS) offering can, according to the company, pay for itself within a year in many cases when one takes into account software licensing, hardware purchases, extra bandwidth and power requirements associated with alternatives such as collocation.

 

IN THIS STUDY

In this study, sponsored by Geminare Incorporated, IDC provides insight into Geminare’s disaster recovery and server replication solution. IDC studies the capabilities and applications of Geminare’s solution, the size and trends of the market it is addressing, and the company’s challenges and opportunities for growth. All currency figures appearing in this document are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

 

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Geminare Incorporated, based in Toronto, Ontario, plays in the backup and recovery software market. With the Geminare offering, e-mail and BlackBerry outages that might take four or five days to recover from are now available again in minutes, with replication happening on an ongoing basis so that data is always current. Once the infrastructure is repaired, it can take just minutes for Geminare to failback to the production server. Meanwhile, users are not aware an outage has occurred.

Geminare’s solution is positioned to deliver the following value:

Reduced Monitoring, Maintenance and Support Costs. Geminare’s solution is designed to offer greater operational efficiency and cost savings by allowing organizations to move to a managed service model. Costs associated with monitoring, maintenance and support of an internal solution are removed.

Improved Customer Service. Outsourcing can free teams to focus on strategic projects in line with an organization’s wider business objectives.

Scalability – Without Added Investment. The solution is designed to be scaled over time without increasing the cost of overhead on a physical building. The Geminare RaaS service can, according to the company, pay for itself in many cases within a year when one takes into account software licensing, hardware purchases, extra bandwidth and power requirements associated with alternatives such as collocation.

Seamless Failback. The current process of recovery from a backup environment can take days, and is typically only available to the Enterprise. Geminare’s failback capabilities set them apart from traditional imaging offerings.

Vendor-neutral Cloud-based Archiving. Geminare’s backup and archiving solution, Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0, runs on virtually all of today’s major cloud storage infrastructures. Customers can control where their data resides, whether on public or private clouds, and they have the ability to move their archived data to another platform seamlessly, thus avoiding vendor lock-in – one of the biggest concerns today around cloud storage.

ESSENTIAL GUIDANCE

Geminare offers enterprise-class, cloud-based business continuity services to the SME space, and it does so in a cost-effective, technologically impressive manner that provides real opportunity for a broad and diverse channel looking to leverage Cloud Compute and Storage into their product portfolio. In this respect, the company is well positioned to address the market opportunity at hand.

Storage Strategies NOW: “Geminare Leads Recovery as a Service Market”

Two technology analyst reports validate growing market need, applaud Geminare’s technology and channel strategy

September 21, 2010, Toronto, ON – Two reports recently published by Storage Strategies NOW principal analyst, Deni Connor, conclude that Geminare’s proven Recovery as a Service (RaaS) portfolio “defines the RaaS market and is well positioned to dominate it.” The first report, Geminare Targets Cloud-Based Recovery as a Service, highlights how Geminare enables its MSP, VAR and OEM partners to quickly deliver high-value, auto failover business continuity services to their customers through their Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage offerings. The second report, Geminare Offers Customers Reliable, On-Demand Application Recovery in the Cloud, shows how businesses can easily obtain proven, cost-effect enterprise-class disaster recovery services that were once considered too expensive and complex for the SMB/SME market.

 

In assessing the market need for RaaS, Connor writes that many “businesses are prevented from deploying enterprise-level disaster recovery services because they are cost-prohibitive and difficult to manage. Yet, just like any small and medium enterprise-size company, they need to be able to provide continuous availability to applications and data in order to protect the viability of their business.”

 

Geminare’s market-leading RaaS portfolio, including CloudRecovery 2.0 Enterprise and Cloud Storage Assurance (CSA) 2.0 Enterprisecan be deployed in days instead of months. The technology ensures secure, continuous availability of mission-critical data and applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, Dynamics, BlackBerry and more, by replicating a customer’s server environment in real-time to a failover solution in the Cloud, using a Cloud vendor of choice. The replicated environment engages seamlessly during system interruption or failure and includes automatic failback – a capability once reserved for the Fortune 500 elite.

 

Connor concludes, “Geminare is well positioned to dominate the RaaS market for SMEs. Its channel-only focus allows MSPs, VARs and OEMs to offer disaster recovery capabilities without a large capital investment. Geminare’s white label strategy lets partners leverage their own brand name. With Geminare’s offering, neither the customer nor the partner are required to invest in hardware, software or staffing. In addition, its subscription-based service and easy deployment – less than 24 hours – makes it a boon for MSPs, VARs and OEMs.”

 

“These reports validate what our channel partners keep telling us—their customers can’t afford to adequately protect their data,” said Joshua Geist, CEO of Geminare. “Given the constrained budgets that businesses of all sizes face today, and the complexity inherent in building and managing in-house or custom-built total data protection solutions, our Cloud-enabled RaaS offerings have emerged as a perfect fit for the SMB/SME market.”

 

Additional Report Quotes

“Unique to Geminare’s Cloud Recovery offering is the ability to seamlessly and effortlessly failback a Cloud Recovery server to the production environment once the failure has been addressed. …Typically only available in the Enterprise market,[this] is ahuge differentiating factor…one that sets it apart from the look-a-like ‘imaging’ DR vendors and puts the SME’s protection capability on par with Enterprise counterparts.”

 

“Geminare has a comprehensive MSP, VAR and OEM program that…offers a channel-only, white-label Cloud service that they may rebrand and offer to their client base. Key benefits…include lead generation, certification, sales tools, technical assessment and 24/7/365 support.”

 

“Geminare’s technology is Cloud vendor-agnostic and provides an MSP, VAR or OEM with a solution that requires no additional hardware, software, licensing, maintenance, training or support. Partners can offer a turn-key full disaster recovery solution to their customers…and increase their revenue per hosted server [in their Cloud].”

 

About Storage Strategies NOW

Storage Strategies NOW (SSG-NOW), an industry analyst firm, provides an overview of the storage industry, opinion and commentary on the market, analysis of the vendors providing products and services, and predictions about future trends. Founded in 2007 by well-known storage observer Deni Connor, SSG-NOW focuses on realistic storage solutions for today’s data centers and arms clients with timely and insightful analysis so they can make informed decisions. Each client of SSG-NOW is guaranteed an informed, independent and objective opinion of their products and technology.

 

About Geminare

Geminare is a pioneer in delivering Recovery as a Service (RaaS) solutions to the Cloud computing market. Dedicated to building game-changing Cloud technologies, including Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage solutions, Geminare delivers its products through a network of channel partners worldwide. Currently in the market with Server Replication, Geminare counts among its partners Qwest Communications, Hosting.com, Bell Canada, CA Technologies Inc., Ingram Micro and many other leading organizations. Geminare is located in Toronto, Canada with operations and partners in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

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Kickstart for Geminare
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Tier1 Research: “Geminare widens audience for DR services with broader OS support”

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Geminare widens audience for DR services with broader OS support
Enterprise and Mass-Market Hosting

By Jim Davis, senior analyst
Tier 1 Research
September 20, 2010

Geminare, a provider of software for building cloud storage and disaster recovery services, has offered up another update to its Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage Assurance (CSA) platform. Both are now being offered in ‘Enterprise’ editions, with support for more operating systems, more cloud providers and more servers per site.

Adding new OS, cloud options

Cloud Recovery 2.0 Enterprise can now run on Linux, UNIX and AIX, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Sun Solaris and IBM’s AIX, in addition to existing support for the Windows platform. As is the rage, the platform will allow enterprises to use private clouds behind the firewall as well as public clouds, and the limit on servers per site has been upped to 250 connected servers that can be controlled by a Geminare Controller.
Geminare’s platform already allows customers to use public or private storage clouds for recovery services. CSA 2.0 Enterprise now offers support for AT&T Synaptic, Nirvanix, Rackspace and others, now added to its roster of supported cloud providers, which already included Amazon S3, Atmos partners, Iron Mountain Archive Service and Mezeo Software partners.

Background

As previously noted, CSA has an archiving engine that enables cloud storage users to provide an audit trail for their data. The auditing is made possible because a unique key identifier is created for each file, email record or data access session. Altered files are identified when keys are mismatched. CSA 2.0 also automatically indexes data and provides search and tag cloud functions for users.
CSA 2.0 can be used for archiving and searching email and file backup on disparate cloud environments, and the new auditing feature makes it is easier for customers to migrate between clouds (using Geminare’s Server Replication platform) because the keys can confirm whether data has gone missing or was altered during the move.

T1R take

Geminare’s cloud-based DR and storage products are sold through partners like Bell Canada, Hosting.com and Qwest. The upshot of the new Enterprise revision to Geminare’s platform is that Geminare’s partners in hosting (as well as companies like CA Technologies and Ingram Micro) have an even wider addressable market to sell services to with the addition of support for various Linux and Unix flavors.

Geminare Delivers Recovery as a Service to the Enterprise

Geminare delivers industrial-strength cloud solutions for business continuity with support for Linux, Unix and hybrid cloud environments

September 14, 2010, Toronto, ON – Geminare Incorporated today announced enterprise editions of its market-leading Recovery as a Service (RaaS) portfolio. With Cloud Recovery 2.0 Enterprise and Cloud Storage Assurance (CSA) 2.0 Enterprise, Geminare has created the first enterprise-class solutions for business continuity that are coupled with automatic file and email archiving, extremely fast search functions and built-in audit capabilities — all of which can be deployed in days instead of months and without any capital investment.

Geminare’s RaaS portfolio is based on technology that ensures the secure, continuous availability of mission-critical data and services by creating a failover server and replicating a customer’s server environment in real-time to a cloud vendor of choice. The replicated environment engages seamlessly during system interruption or failure and includes the ability to archive data files including emails to any cloud provider. With its new Enterprise editions, Geminare has added support for popular enterprise operating systems such as Linux, Unix and AIX, as well as features such as on-the-fly encryption, support for more than 250 servers per site, and integration with additional cloud providers as well as private clouds.

“Companies of all sizes are clamoring for cost-effective, almost ‘plug and play’ solutions for data storage and disaster recovery. Since launching our Server Replication solutions almost six months ago, based on the Geminare technology, it has become (one of) our most popular offerings with SMEs,” said Craig McLellan, Hosting.com’s chief technology officer. “Now with the new enterprise-enabled RaaS technology, we can offer the right solution to the other 60 percent of our customers—larger enterprises that are fed up with the high cost and cumbersome approach of assuring an ‘always-on’ business.”

“Geminare is well positioned to dominate the Recovery as a Service market. Their seamless failover and failback of replicated servers in minutes is absolutely unparalleled in the industry today. Now, with the addition of Linux, Unix and AIX support, Geminare is introducing truly innovative technology to the BC/DR space,” said Deni Connor, principal analyst, Storage Strategies NOW.

The Geminare portfolio of RaaS solutions is currently being white-labeled and successfully sold to the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) market through forward-looking technology vendors, cloud hosting providers and Telcos, such as Hosting.com, Qwest Communications, CA Technologies, Bell Canada and Ingram Micro.

Cloud Recovery 2.0 Enterprise 

Cloud Recovery 2.0 Enterprise is based on Geminare’s market-leading server replication offering. With Cloud Recovery 2.0 Enterprise, Geminare now supports the key operating systems that large enterprises depend on: Linux, UNIX and AIX, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Sun Solaris and IBM’s AIX, in addition to the current Windows Platform support.

Cloud Recovery 2.0 Enterprise also now includes hybrid hosting capabilities that allow private clouds to be utilized within an enterprise. The solution includes native support for up to 250 connected servers per Geminare Controller, with the ability to add multiple Controllers into a customer environment, removing any practical limit on the number of servers supported at a single site.

CSA 2.0 Enterprise 

Geminare’s CSA 2.0 Enterprise is the first auditable archive and indexing platform that integrates with public cloud providers. CSA 2.0 Enterprise adds Nirvanix, AT&T Synaptic, Rackspace and many others to its roster of supported cloud providers, which already includes Amazon S3, Iron Mountain Archive Service and Mezeo. Also new to CSA 2.0 Enterprise is the ability to do on-the-fly encryption of data stored in the cloud and to run in indexing-only mode. Geminare has also incorporated into the enterprise edition rapid e-discovery tools and reporting capabilities that deliver unprecedented value to any enterprise archiving solution.

“Our Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage Assurance solutions have enabled partners to deliver world-class business continuity and disaster recovery solutions to their customers,” said Joshua Geist, CEO of Geminare. “With these new enterprise-class capabilities, even large-scale organizations can legitimately choose the cloud for their DR and BC needs. This constitutes a natural progression of our RaaS portfolio. Our new enterprise editions provide a tremendous opportunity for existing and new channel partners to bring essential cloud technologies to their largest accounts today.”

About Geminare
Geminare is a pioneer in delivering Recovery as a Service (RaaS) solutions to the cloud computing market. Dedicated to building game-changing cloud technologies, including Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage solutions, Geminare delivers its products through a network of channel partners worldwide. Currently in the market with Server Replication, Geminare counts among its partners Qwest Communications, Hosting.com, Bell Canada, CA Technologies Inc., Ingram Micro and many other leading organizations. Geminare is located in Toronto, Canada with operations and partners in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
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All names referred to are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Maria Krinsky
Kickstart for Geminare
(415) 509-0498

mkrinsky [at] kickstartconsulting.com