IBM and Zain, a leading telecommunications company in Kuwait, have announced their collaboration to launch a new cloud disaster recovery service. The new solution would provide IBM and Zain’s enterprise customers with cloud-based business continuity capabilities and “faster” disaster recovery of their critical IT systems, without incurring the infrastructure expense of a second physical site.
Through the new service, customers would benefit from the added flexibility of keeping their data in-country on IBM Cloud.
The disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) market size in the Middle East is $100.64 million and is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 44.8 percent through 2021. The Middle East region is experiencing a significant increase in DRaaS adoption due to the increasing number of cyberattacks and other data threats like security breaches, software and hardware failures, and power outages, according to MarketsandMarkets.
“In the face of increased cyberattacks and other IT threats, unplanned downtime is a business risk that can damage both business operations and corporate reputations,” said Laurence Guihard-Joly, general manager of IBM Global Resiliency Services. “Through this new cloud disaster recovery service, IBM and Zain customers can confidently manage any cloud environment and take proactive steps to differentiate their business resiliency capabilities and meet ‘always-on’ expectations.”
The new cloud disaster recovery service will help protect IBM and Zain customers against data loss from their own servers or from other cloud services, and can maintain readiness without the need to invest in additional physical space or stand-by hardware. The service will provide replication of critical applications, infrastructure, data and systems to IBM Cloud so customers can recover from an IT outage within minutes.
“Today’s announcement comes as part of our vision to transform Zain into a digital lifestyle provider,” said Zain Kuwait’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eaman Al Roudhan. “The business needs of our corporate customers are continuously changing, and offering them innovative solutions to help maintain resiliency is a top priority for us.”