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Storage Strategies NOW: “Geminare offers customers reliable, on-demand cloud application recovery”

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Geminare offers customers reliable, on-demand application recovery in the cloud.
Defines recovery as a service market

By Deni Connor, principal analyst
Storage Strategies NOW
September 2010

Geminare, an emerging strength in the Recovery as a Service (RaaS) market, is bolstering its capabilities with new cloud-based services called Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage Assurance that are targeted at small and mid-sized enterprises.

Based in Toronto, the company is offering businesses that may lack the infrastructure and IT resources to maintain an offsite disaster recovery capability for their servers, the ability to outsource their recovery and business continuity needs through a cloud-based service offering. Often these 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 Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage Assurance platforms let customers buy server replication services and automatic failover and failback from their existing trusted channel partners including market leading MSPs, VARS and Telco’s and protect their business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Dynamics as well as Oracle, BlackBerry Servers and others.

Enter Cloud Recovery (Server Replication) and Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0
Cloud Recovery allows for the continuous availability of business-critical applications via real-time asynchronous replication of a customer’s Windows, Unix and Linux file and application servers to any cloud vendor. For now those cloud vendors include Amazon S3 and EC2, EMC’s Atmos Partners including AT&T and Pier1, Rackspace, Nirvanix and Iron Mountain’s Archive Service as well as several others. When a server failure occurs the user traffic is automatically redirected to a replica server in the cloud and business continues unabated.

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Geminare’s Cloud Recovery and Server Replication

The replication capability provided by Cloud Recovery is block-based and allows for automatic failback when the file or application server is restored. After an initial synchronization between the local server and the replica server, the software detects block-level changes to files and data and copies the changes to the replica server in real-time. Data is compressed and encrypted in-flight to further protect customer data. Cloud Recovery protects not only physical servers, but also any virtual servers deployed in a customer’s environment.

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.  This capability, typically only available in the Enterprise market, is a huge differentiating factor to the Cloud Recovery offering  – one that sets it apart from the look-a-like “imaging” DR vendors and puts the SME’s protection capability on par with that of their Enterprise counterparts.

A remote management application is also available for Cloud Recovery. Called iCloudRecovery, the iPhone application allows customers as well as an MSP, VAR or OEMs to initiate “one-button” failovers or failbacks and to manage the server replication environment through any iPhone-enabled handheld device. Customers have full visibility into their replica cloud environment at anytime and from anywhere.

Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0 adds an indexing and archiving engine to the replication service that lets users build a verifiable audit trail for their files and data. For every file or e-mail replicated into the cloud, a metadata reference or key is created. This metadata guarantees the authenticity of all archived data. Any files within the cloud that are altered can be easily identified through mismatched keys. This capability lets SME customers meet their compliance and eDiscovery requirements easily and affordably. Cloud Storage Assurance also provides data migration capability from one cloud to another so that customers can change their service or cloud provider at will.  On-the-fly encryption and compression capabilities ensure data stored in an offsite cloud remain completely protected and secure.

Sprott Asset Management adopts recovery as a service
Dan Elder, vice president of information technology and infrastructure for Sprott Asset Management, a financial services company in Toronto, came into his job three years ago to rebuild the company’s network and storage infrastructure. His application and file servers needed to be available at all times as they hosted business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Blackberry Enterprise Server and various databases. Elder looked for a co-location facility wherein he could replicate his servers, and failback his data after a disaster or server failure. In the process of looking for a facility, Elder ran into Geminare, a white label cloud services provider offering software to replicate data for business continuity and continuous data protection via OEM channel partners.

Elder has employed a three-pronged approach to data protection and disaster recovery. Locally, he backs up nightly to disk using Symantec’s Backup Exec and then at his leisure moves data to tapes, which he stores offsite. He relies on Geminare for off-site replication. As a best practice, Elder tested his replication plan as necessary — he turned off a file server, failed over to Geminare and failed back the next day. Few users noticed any interruption in service, as the failover took about a minute. Now, Elder continuously replicates changes to the Geminare service. As changes to files are made they are continuously replicated to Geminare’s offsite servers.

“There were nights at other places where I didn’t sleep that well, worrying about backup and data protection,” says Elder. “Now, I don’t think about it that much. With Geminare, it’s just set it and forget it. That I like. When we did the failover on the file server, it worked like it should have.”

SSG-NOW Assessment
Geminare is well positioned to dominate the Recovery as a Service market for SMEs. Its channel-only focus allows customers to utilize the technology through their trusted MSPs, VARs and OEMs which is key. It offers them disaster recovery capabilities without a large capital investment. 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 customers that have strained IT resources.

Storage Strategies NOW: “Geminare targets cloud-based Recovery as a Service”

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Geminare targets cloud-based Recovery as a Service
Offers reliable, on-demand data and application recovery for SMEs

 

By Deni Connor, principal analyst
Storage Strategies NOW
September 2010

Geminare, an emerging strength in the Recovery as a Service (RaaS) market, is bolstering its channel-only partner program for managed service providers, value-added resellers and OEMs with new cloud-based services called Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage Assurance that are targeted at small and mid-sized enterprises.

Based in Toronto, the company is offering businesses that may lack the infrastructure and IT resources to maintain an offsite disaster recovery capability for their servers, the ability to outsource their recovery and business continuity needs through a cloud-based service offering. Often these 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 Cloud Recovery and Cloud Storage Assurance platforms let MSPs, VARs and OEMs provide their customers with server replication services and automatic failover and failback for their business-critical applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server, as well as Oracle databases and others.

Enter Cloud Recovery (Server Replication) and Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0

Cloud Recovery allows for the continuous availability of business-critical applications via real-time asynchronous replication of a customer’s Windows, Unix and Linux file and application servers to any cloud vendor. For now those cloud vendors include Amazon S3 and EC2, EMC’s Atmos Partners including AT&T and Pier1, Rackspace, Nirvanix and Iron Mountain’s Archive Service. When a server failure occurs the user traffic is automatically redirected to a replica server in the cloud and business continues unabated.

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Geminare’s Cloud Recovery and Server Replication

The replication capability provided by Cloud Recovery is block-based and allows for automatic failback when the file or application server is restored. After an initial synchronization between the local server and the replica server, the software detects block-level changes to files and data and copies the changes to the replica server in real-time. Data is compressed and encrypted in-flight to further protect customer data. Cloud Recovery protects not only physical servers, but also any virtual servers deployed in a customer’s environment.

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.  This capability, typically only available in the Enterprise market, is a huge differentiating factor to the Cloud Recovery offering  – one that sets it apart from the look-a-like “imaging” DR vendors.

A remote management application is also available for Cloud Recovery. Called iCloudRecovery, the iPhone application allows customers as well as an MSP, VAR or OEM to initiate ‘one-button’ failovers or failbacks and to manage the server replication environment through any iPhone-enabled handheld device. Customers have full visibility into their replica cloud environment at anytime and from anywhere.

Cloud Storage Assurance 2.0 adds an indexing and archiving engine to the replication service that lets users build a verifiable audit trail for their files and data. For every file or e-mail replicated into the cloud, a metadata reference or key is created. This metadata guarantees the authenticity of all archived data. Any files within the cloud that are altered can be easily identified through mismatchedkeys.This capability lets SME customers meet their compliance and eDiscovery requirements. Cloud Storage Assurance also provides data migration capability from one cloud to another so that customers can change their service or cloud provider at will.  On-the-fly encryption and compression capabilities ensure data stored in an offsite cloud remain completely protected and secure.

Geminare Channel Partner Network

Geminare has a comprehensive MSP, VAR and OEM program that companies such as Bell Canada, Hosting.com, CA Technologies, Qwest Communications and Ingram Micro have taken advantage of to sell Recovery as a Service products. The program offers MSPs and VARs a channel-only white-label cloud service that they may rebrand and offer to their client base. Key benefits of the Geminare Channel Partner Network 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 for as little as $449 per month per protected server and increase their revenue per hosted server.

SSG-NOW Assessment

Geminare is well positioned to dominate the Recovery as a Service 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.

Qwest Expands Cloud-Based Services with Introduction of Real-Time Application Recovery

Qwest Expands Cloud-Based Services with Introduction of Real-Time Application Recovery

Brings Fortune 100 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Capabilities Down-Market

DENVER – August 26, 2010 – Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) today announced enhancements to its business continuity/disaster recovery portfolio with the launch of Qwest Real-Time Application Recovery™. The new cloud-based service keeps business operations running uninterrupted in the event of a system failure and at a much lower price point than conventional backup solutions.

KEY FACTS

  • While robust enough for the Fortune 100, the solution is ideal for the small- to medium-size business. It requires no capital expense, no technological lock-in, no in-house expertise and minimal administrative costs.
  • By partnering with Geminare, a leader in the Recovery as a Service (RaaS) market, this hosted cloud-based solution protects the most popular applications, including e-mail and databases, with zero capital investment and no onsite hardware requirements by being fully managed hosted in a Qwest CyberCenter.
  • The service trumps most online backup options by delivering an advanced, high-availability solution with greater reliability and value. Previously, comparable services were only accessible to large enterprises able to fund custom-built, costly dedicated hardware and software systems.
  • Should a server or network disruption occur, customers using Qwest Real-Time Application Recovery have immediate and secure access to their e-mail, file and database server content regardless of whether they are working from a remote location or company headquarters. The solution is fully automated and requires no intervention on the part of the user or customer IT staff.
  • Qwest Real-Time Application Recovery offers true visibility into the protection and disaster recovery status by offering frequent, detailed and complete non-disruptive health checks.

 

SUPPORTING QUOTES

Eric Bozich, vice president of Qwest Product Management
“By combining Qwest powerful CyberCenter capabilities with Geminare’s continuity solution, we’re delivering a complete enterprise-grade solution. This cloud-based offering continues to enhance our portfolio with solutions that are attractive to the smaller-size company, yet robust enough for the largest corporation.”

Joshua Geist, chief executive officer, Geminare
“Qwest is ahead of the curve in its cloud computing offerings, making the company a market leader and a perfect partner to capitalize on the multi-billion dollar RaaS opportunity. In addition, Qwest’s commitment and attention to every aspect of its managed services business is impeccable and its extensive market reach will ensure that companies are exposed to our game-changing RaaS technology. We are delighted to be associated with such a reputable company.”

Jim Davis, senior analyst, Networks & Media, Tier 1 Research, Inc. “Reliability and downtime aren’t just concerns of the CIO; they are key concerns for owners of small and medium-sized business as well, but smaller firms haven’t been able to afford enterprise-grade disaster recovery and business continuity services. Tier1 Research estimates that the cloud infrastructure market will grow from $500M in 2009 to $4B by 2013, with cloud storage representing 43 percent of that total. Part of the reason for this rapid growth is that cloud computing enables businesses of all sizes to access innovative offerings such as cloud recovery services, which solve core disaster recovery and business continuity challenges for the SMB market.”

SUPPORTING RESOURCES

 

About Qwest Business
Fortune 500 companies choose Qwest Business to deliver a comprehensive portfolio of data and voice networking communications solutions to enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions of all sizes. The Qwest network backbone covers the entire continental United States and has one of the largest fiber footprints in the U.S., capable of supporting 40 Gbps data transmission rates now and 100 Gbps soon. Go to Qwest.com/business to see why enterprises coast-to-coast rely on Qwest for first-class communications solutions and to learn more about Qwest’s commitment to perfecting the customer experience.

 

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Contact Information
Carolyn Tyler
303-896-8092
Carolyn.Tyler [at] qwest.com

Tier1 Research: “Qwest partners with Geminare for cloud-based disaster recovery service”

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Qwest partners with Geminare for cloud-based disaster recovery service
Enterprise and Mass-Market Hosting

By Jim Davis, senior analyst
Tier 1 Research
August 26, 2010

Qwest is taking a step into the cloud computing arena with a cloud-based disaster recovery service called Real-Time Application Recovery. The service, enabled by technology from partner Geminare, will offer automatic failover and disaster recovery testing capabilities to target customers in the SMB market.

Technology

The Real-Time Application Recovery (RTAR) service is built on a software platform from Geminare. This has enabled Qwest to build an enterprise-class server replication offering in a disaster recovery-as a-service delivery model. Where SMBs have grown accustomed to archiving non-mission-critical data using cloud storage services, they now have access to a service that uses ‘block level replication’ to provide instantaneous failover when the primary server is down and failback when the server is restored. This helps small and mid-sized companies to achieve continuous server availability. Supported platforms and applications include Microsoft File Services, Exchange, SQL, and IIS; Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Enterprise Servers, and Oracle 9i/10g.

Future cloud offerings

The RTAR service is running on a virtualized infrastructure in a single datacenter at present, with plans to add support in more Qwest datacenters based on markets that have the most demand. Qwest says that it has built a highly scalable infrastructure that will easily scale up and down to meet demand for its DR service. Just as important, we expect this infrastructure will form the basis of further IaaS services from Qwest.
Just as an example, Geminare has customers using its platform to do cloud migration and to create ‘sandboxes’ in a new cloud environment, do some testing and development and fail back to production servers if need be. Once Qwest decides to offer a cloud computing offering, it has a way to help customers migrate on over from competing services.

Customers

Qwest did not announce any customer wins. With its pricing strategy, we expect Qwest and its reseller network to quickly add customers. There is a $785 set up fee for each server, and a $665/month fee for each server that’s being protected (there’s a discount for extended contracts and use of multiple services, etc.).

T1R take

When Qwest opened up its 17th datacenter in Sterling, Virginia, we speculated that the firm could use this additional space (as well as existing space) to bring new cloud services to market. Rather than jump into a fairly crowded market for cloud storage, Qwest has partnered to come up with a disaster recovery service that adds key functionality to the cloud that we think SMBs will jump at the chance to start using.

MaRS Discovery District

 

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Three Toronto high-tech companies receive seed funding through Ontario’s Investment Accelerator Fund (IAF): Geminare Inc, MedCurrent Corporation and Receptor Therapeutics.

 

MaRS is a Toronto-based charitable organization that provides resources – people, programs, physical facilities, funding and networks – to ensure that critical innovation happens. With the mission of removing barriers between innovative medical & technology businesses and Toronto’s annual science and technology research spend, the IAF helps accelerate the growth of Ontario’s new technology companies that have the potential to be global leaders in their field and provide sustainable economic benefits to Ontario.

For Geminare, the investment is key to developing its partner network worldwide. “Geminare’s products are delivered though a network of channel partners to the SME market worldwide,” said Joshua Geist, CEO & Founder, Geminare Inc. “With the help of the IAF investment, Geminare has been able to accelerate its partner program and continue building game-changing Cloud technologies to meet the growing demand for simple and affordable alternatives to traditional in-house business continuity and disaster recovery solution models.”