RackWare Ventures into Cloud-based Disaster Recovery

In addition to managing cloud workloads, now the software startup aims to protect them as well.


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RackWare has added a major new feature to its cloud management platform.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based cloud software startup launched version 3.0 of its eponymous RackWare Management Module (RMM) platform today. New in this release is the addition of disaster recovery capabilities that enable businesses to harness cloud services for the protection of physical or virtual workloads when they become the victims of debilitating downtime.

RackWare's technology seamlessly moves enterprise workloads across private, public and hybrid cloud environments. The automated software can migrate physical and virtual workloads, as well as provide on-demand scaling of compute resources to help businesses deal with spikes in demand.

And it's no easy task, asserts Sash Sunkara, CEO and co-founder. "Enterprise applications have more dependencies" than run-of-the-mill software, she told Datamation. Migrating and scaling business critical applications, quickly, cost-effectively and without having to make changes to those applications or the operating systems (OSes) they're running on, takes some heavy-duty automation and orchestration, she asserted.

Put simply, said Sunkara, "we provided the ability for enterprises to port [those apps] to the cloud." Now, in RMM 3.0, the company is turning its attention to helping organizations quickly bounce back when disaster strikes.

RMM 3.0 offers whole-server protection, complete with OS, applications and resident data, by cloning production systems into cloud recovery instances. It's a major money-saver that spares companies the need "to build a redundant data center," said Sunkara.

The software also supports "failover to the cloud," she boasted. In the event of downtime, cloud instances stand ready to take over. Bandwidth-saving incremental synchronization keeps recovery instances on par with their physical counterparts. Failback capabilities return workloads to production systems when they are brought back online.

The software supports cloud-to-cloud or physical-to-cloud data protection scenarios. Supported clouds include Amazon Web Services, CenturyLink, Rackspace, SoftLayer and OpenStack-powered providers.

RackWare's tech not only gives CIOs peace of mind, it helps them maximize their IT budgets, asserted Sunkara. RMM 3.0 places data on a cloud in a "parked state," she explained. "You don't pay for CPU. You don't pay for memory. You just pay for storage." The result is major cost savings "in CAPEX and OPEX," she added.

RMM 3.0 arrives nearly two weeks after the startup announced that it had raised $2.3 million in a financing round led by Kickstart Seed Fund and Osage Venture Partners. To date, the company has raised $7 million.

RMM 3.0 is available now in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, France, India and Japan.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at Internet.com. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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