Colocation Provider ViaWest Announces New Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Solution

ViaWest, a colocation provider delivering hybrid IT solutions in North America, has announced the launch of ‘Cloud Recovery – DRaaS.’ This Disaster Recovery as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution would help protect businesses against devastating data losses by significantly simplifying how they replicate and then recover critical data.

According to a recent Gartner report, only 6 percent of companies survive longer than two years after a major data loss; 43 percent were immediately put out of business, and an additional 51 percent of companies closed their doors within two years of a major data loss.

Gartner has calculated that it costs an average company $5,600 per minute in lost revenue, contract penalties, supply-chain ripple effects, lost productivity and other costs when its network is down, which translates to more than $330,000 per hour.

viawest-data-centersViaWest’s ‘Cloud Recovery – DraaS’ helps protect companies from incurring these costs by increasing the speed at which they can recover from an outage. The solution would allow companies to quickly and easily replicate their business-critical data at a highly secured ViaWest facility – regardless of whether their production site is located on premises, at a ViaWest data center or at another provider’s colocation data center.

“We have architected our ‘Cloud Recovery – DraaS’ solution from the perspective of CIOs and IT managers who bear the tremendous responsibility of keeping companies functioning 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” said Jason Carolan, Chief Technology Officer for ViaWest. “Extended downtime and the inability to recover lost data can be the difference between survival and bankruptcy. We understand that pressure, and Cloud Recovery – DRaaS gives CIOs and IT professionals another tool to help protect their companies.”

Key features of ViaWest’s ‘Cloud Recovery – DraaS’ solution include:

  • Replication at the hypervisor layer
  • Storage agnostic replication
  • Granular virtual machine protection with no snapshots or slowdown
  • Managed Disaster Recovery software and platform available
  • Annual automated failover, failback and non-disruptive isolated testing included

‘Cloud Recovery – DraaS’ is a natural extension of ViaWest’s existing cloud offerings and enhances its Hybrid IT Solution set of colocation, cloud, compliance and security services. It would allow IT managers to restore their networks with RPOs from minutes and RTOs from one hour, each based on the complexity of the customer’s environment.

“Traditional array-based and guest/OS-based disaster recovery approaches can be time consuming and expensive for CTOs to manage in-house,” added Mr. Carolan. “ViaWest‘s Cloud Recovery – DRaaS solution was architected to offer customers a simple, cost-effective, stress-free disaster recovery platform. This product enables our customers to focus on growing and supporting their core businesses instead of managing a time, energy or capital intensive disaster recovery strategy.”