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Symantec to offer on-premise-to-cloud DRaaS on Windows Azure

Recover business critical applications and their associated data in Windows Azure

By CBR Staff Writer

Symantec said it will extend Symantec’s Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Veritas Volume replicator disaster recovery (DR) software offering to the Windows Azure cloud platform.

Organisations using Symantec’s offering will be able to recover business critical applications and their associated data in Windows Azure in the event of a local failure or site disaster.

The new application will expand the ability of Symantec’s existing business continuity offerings for Microsoft, providing on-premise-to-cloud disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).

Symantec said its new tool provides organisations with fast and cost effective disaster recovery to cloud, protection for business critical applications by enabling organisations to not just protect their data but protect their applications as well.

The new application will enable IT organisations to benefit by realising improved recovery time and recovery point objectives for business critical applications in the event of an on-premise outage, by ensuring real-time replication of critical application data and providing end-to-end recovery coordination from the data all the way up through the application.

It is based on the technology from Symantec’s Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Veritas Volume Replicator products.

Microsoft corporate vice president of developer and platform evangelism Walid Abu-Hadba said, "Symantec’s service aims to extend the built-in reliability of Windows Azure and help customers recover on-premises applications and data with a disaster recovery and business continuity solution utilizing complementary technology from both Symantec and Microsoft."

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Symantec Storage and Availability Management Group senior vice president Deepak Mohan said Windows Azure is growing rapidly as a platform, and Symantec is seeing many of its customers utilising it as part of a new delivery model for computing resources.

"With Symantec’s proven high availability technology, and Microsoft’s cloud platform, organisations can rest assured that their business will keep running in cases of disasters and outages," Mohan said.

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