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N-able Expands DRaaS Offering With Microsoft Azure Recovery Option

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N-able is expanding its Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering.

The company is expanding the Continuity features in its Cove Data Protection to include Standby Image recovery in Microsoft Azure. The company says this new feature delivers smarter disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), helping MSPs and IT professionals provide a full range of recovery services to end users—from fast, straightforward file-level restore to flexible, affordable disaster recovery, now including recovery in Microsoft Azure.

N-able uses Cove’s SaaS architecture to reduce time and costs associated with data protection, while improving ransomware readiness through backups storage isolation by default, the company says.

Cove’s Continuity features provide proactive recovery options to deliver higher service levels, including automated Recovery Testing and Standby Image, according to N-able. With the addition of Azure support, Standby Image now offers even more recovery location flexibility: to a local device onsite, to a secondary location, or to the Azure cloud, which the company says removes the need for expensive proprietary backup appliances.

The company says this will result in up to 60% cost savings over traditional applications.

N-able’s DRaaS Offering

Chris Groot
Chris Groot, general manager, Cove Data Protection

Chris Groot, general manager, Cove Data Protection, commented:

“Azure and Cove offer a smarter way to solve the issue of failing over to the cloud. It’s free to send data into an Azure tenant, and you only pay for Azure compute when you boot up the virtual machine (VM). Cove allows you to create a bootable image after every backup and store it there until it’s needed. In the case of an outage, Azure gives you full control over compute resources, and the cost of running in Azure during an outage is more affordable than buying and maintaining an expensive backup and disaster recovery (BDR) appliance you may never use. You can also continue to run your VM in Azure, if you choose, as part of a larger cloud-first IT strategy.”

Lionel Naidoo, director, Dragon IS, an N-able partner, said:

“We looked at the various disaster recovery options, including very expensive BDR appliances, and realized that as an MSP, we wanted a rock-solid product that would also help us keep our costs down. We found that with Cove. The IT landscape continues to change, and you have to stay agile and take the time to investigate new and fresher approaches in order to stay ahead.”

Focusing On Security

Cybersecurity is top of mind for N-able and its chief security officer David MacKinnon. He said as much to ChannelE2E’s Jessica Davis in March 2023, before his presentation at the Right of Boom MSSP cybersecurity conference in Grapevine, Texas.

In February he briefed the N-able’s board of directors on the cyberthreats facing managed service provider tool companies – a briefing triggered by a January CISA cybersecurity advisory that mentioned N-able rival ConnectWise by name.