Microsoft, Symantec Partner on Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Symantec's "disaster recovery as a service" offering would enable businesses to use Microsoft's Azure cloud to protect data and applications.

Microsoft and Symantec are developing a disaster recovery service that leverages Microsoft's Azure cloud platform and Symantec's storage software to enable businesses to protect critical data in the event of a disaster or failure at a primary data site.

The idea behind the "disaster recovery as a service" platform is to give businesses of all sizes the ability to recover business-critical applications and data in the event of a disruption by leveraging the public cloud capabilities in Microsoft's Azure, according to officials with both companies.

Businesses using Symantec's Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows, and Veritas Volume disaster recovery software would be able to extend the solutions to the Azure cloud, giving them another level of data protection and disaster recovery. Microsoft's cloud platform could be used as an off-premise solution in the case of a disaster of some sort--from storage failures to network problems to power outages--that would give companies quick access to their data and applications and keep their businesses running.

The combination of technology from Microsoft and Symantec makes sense, according to Deepak Mohan, senior vice president of Symantec's Storage and Availability Management Group.

"Windows Azure is growing rapidly as a platform, and we are seeing many of our customers utilizing it as part of a new delivery model for computing resources," Mohan said in a statement. "With Symantec's proven high-availability technology, and Microsoft's cloud platform, organizations can rest assured that their business will keep running in cases of disasters and outages."

This article was originally published on 06-15-2012
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