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DR Options Abound

Hurricane season combined with a recent proliferation of storage services adds up to -- you guessed it -- a raft of services for disaster recovery. (See Panel Ponders Preparedness, 25% Unprepared for Disaster, Beware of Hurricanes, and Suppliers Snap Up Services.

June has been a popular month for hurricane warnings and DR services:

  • Today, software vendor XOsoft and service provider AmeriVault forged a partnership for online backup and disaster recovery aimed at companies in hurricane regions. (See XOsoft, AmeriVault Team.) Dubbed Fast Track, the services combine AmeriVault's physical sites with XOsoft's high availability and continuous data protection (CDP) software into three packages.

    The most extensive plan offers CDP, failover to replica servers, reverse replication to restore data, a data center with redundant power, rack space for servers, and professional services. The mid-tier plan does not include the failover and rack space, and the third package handles offsite backup and replication and online data restoration.

  • Earlier this month AmeriVault launched a rack-space subscription service that lets organizations bring or ship servers to AmeriVault sites to restore lost data if they lose their main site. (See AmeriVault Adds Recovery.)
  • In another recent partnership, SunGard Availability Services and Recall Corp. teamed up to provide offsite protection to SMBs. (See SunGard, Recall Team Up.)
  • Eze Castle Integration, an IT outsourcer for financial services, expanded its portfolio of disaster recovery services for hedge fund and investment firms last week. (See Eze Castle Offers DR.) Eze Castle previously offered DR services that included offsite replication for Exchange, SQL Server, and other critical applications, and quarterly testing. Now it offers a higher-end package that includes failover, multiple co-locations, and promises no downtime in recovery applications. It also added a basic service for file and email availability.

    Fear of natural disasters isn't the only reason companies are turning to DR services.

    New York-based Blue Mountain Capital Group used Eze Castle's IT services to launch its hedge fund in 2003, then signed on for its DR plan last year. Blue Mountain, which has $3 billion under management, has 60 people in its New York office and 11 in London. President Stephen Siderow says he considered setting up data centers in those offices or a hot site before signing on with Eze Castle for DR.

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