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Symantec, HP join forces in DRaaS initiative

November 19, 2014  

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Symantec Corp. and HP Enterprise Services today announced a joint partnership to develop a new Disaster Recovery as-a-Service (DRaaS) offering based on HP Helion OpenStack. The HP Helion and Symantec Continuity offering will help enterprise and SMB customers to minimize recovery times, data loss, and associated downtime costs, the two firms say.

According to the two firms, the increased variance of enterprise data storage environments has created a need for a disaster recovery offering that works across multiple computing environments, including on-premises, public cloud and managed cloud.

“This collaboration will help our customers to protect their workloads no matter if they run on traditional IT or are hosted within HP Helion OpenStack-based cloud environments,” said Doug Matthews, a vice president at Symantec. “(It) focuses on business continuity, failover and failback and will monitor the most widely used applications and databases in the market.”

When the new DRaaS product is made generally available in late 2015, co-delivery will be provided from both organizations with client onboarding supported by joint teams. As part of the partnership, Symantec provides the DRaaS software offering, while HP provides the end-to-end service based on the underlying disaster recovery facilities, infrastructure, and operations team.

The new DRaaS will run on an HP Helion OpenStack-based cloud environment and will support replication, recovery and automated failover/failback of client IT whether it’s traditional IT on-premises, managed cloud, private cloud or public cloud, the two said in a release.

Pricing will be based on a monthly subscription fee according to the size/type of server and amount of storage to be protected.