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HP, Symantec PAIR UP to fight off disaster cloud rivals

DRaaS set to appear late next year

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HP and Symantec are partnering to develop a cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering using Symantec software and HP's Helion cloud.

This DRaaS software will run on HP's Helion OpenStack-based cloud environment with HP providing the end-to-end service based on underlying disaster recovery facilities, infrastructure, and operations team.

The two say their DRaaS system will monitor the most widely used applications and databases in the market and support "replication, recovery and automated failover/failback of client IT whether it’s traditional IT on-premises, managed cloud, private cloud, or public cloud".

It will support "industry specific client standards for disaster recovery, such as PCI in the retail industry, HIPAA in the healthcare industry, or FedRAMP and FISMA in the US public sector". There will be recovery SLAs for systems and application

The HP/Symantec DRaaS product will be generally available in late 2015; it's vapourware for now. By then, Symantec may have split in two with, presumably, the storage business inheriting this partnership. When it does arrive it will be a co-delivered product/service from HP and Symantec "with client onboarding supported by joint teams".

The cloud provides, the two say, a cost-effective location for DR services, with an up-to-50-per-cent reduction compared with an in-house alternative for customers.

Pricing will be based on a monthly subscription fee related to the server size and type and the amount of storage to be protected. ®

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