Symantec, HP deliver DRaaS for HP Helion OpenStack

Symantec has formed partnership with HP Enterprise Services to develop a new Disaster Recovery as-a-Service (DRaaS) solution based on HP Helion OpenStack.

The HP Helion and Symantec Continuity offering will help enterprise and SMB customers to minimize recovery times, data loss, and associated downtime costs, the company said.

As part of the partnership, Symantec provides the DRaaS software solution, while HP provides the end-to-end service based on the underlying disaster recovery facilities, infrastructure, and operations team.

The new DRaaS solution will run on an HP Helion OpenStack-based cloud environment and will support replication, recovery and automated failover/failback of client IT whether it’s traditional IT on-premises, managed cloud, private cloud or public cloud.

The HP/Symantec DRaaS solution will leverage HP’s enterprise cloud as the disaster recovery in order to deliver cost savings, automation and self-service user experience. It will help customers achieve system and application recovery SLAs and meets industry standards for security.

Jim Fanella, vice president, Workload and Cloud, HP Enterprise Services, said, “Bringing a DRaaS solution that is powered by Symantec  and HP Enterprise  Services, leveraging HP Helion, will give both companies a strong go-to-market  advantage in this fast growing market category.”

The DRaaS solution will support and address 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.

Doug Matthews, vice president, Information Availability, Symantec, said, “This collaboration will help our customers to protect their workloads no matter if they run on traditional IT or are hosted within  HP Helion OpenStack- based cloud environments. This new DRaaS solution focuses on business continuity, failover and failback and will monitor the most widely used applications and databases in the market.”

When the new DRaaS product is made generally available in late 2015, co-delivery will be provided from both partners with client onboarding supported by joint teams.

The product will be priced offered on a monthly subscription model. The ‘as-a-Service’ pricing model is projected to achieve up to 50 percent cost reduction over an equivalent in-house solution, according to company officials.