Business continuity, CSPs, Storage

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Expands Across UK

Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offerings continue to expand across the United Kingdom. Among the latest examples: UKCloud has introduced Disaster Recovery to the Cloud, which is powered by Zerto.

Disaster recovery remains a hot topic across many sectors. According to one survey, three out of four companies are in danger of failing to recover from a disaster or outage, while 70% of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) go out of business within a year of data loss.

To address those risks, UKCloud says its DRaaS can:

  • Replicate services and data from an existing data center to UKCloud, thereby ensuring public services can survive local IT failures or other disasters;
  • Deliver business continuity and disaster recovery plans with recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) that meet individual customer requirements;
  • Validate disaster recovery and business continuity plans, by safely simulating them without disrupting live workloads or risking loss of data
  • Use a self-service portal to control their own recovery processes and self-restore entire applications from any point in the journal

UKCloud focuses exclusively on the UK public sector and provides solution across multiple government networks, including the Public Services Network (PSN) and N3/Health and Social Care Network (HSCN). The UKCloud offering is particularly timely, especially as UK-based organizations weigh Brexit and seek to protect data locally.

Who Is Zerto?

Zerto, meanwhile, develops disaster recovery and business continuity software specifically for virtualized data centers and cloud environments. The company is set to host a major partner and customer event -- ZertoCon 2017 -- in May.

Zerto often competes against such rivals as AsigraVeeam on the software front, and potentially against Carbonite, Datto and Intronis -- each of which offers a combination of hardware appliances and cloud connections to protect customer data.

Additional insights from Joe Panettieri.