Apache snapshots hunted down

Recovery-as-a-Service in open cloud country is on the way.

Vision Solutions has taken its replication and disaster recovery services into sharper open computing territory by adding a Recovery-as-a-Service (RaaS) option to Apache CloudStack as well as Citrix CloudPlatform.

NOTE: CloudStack itself is an open source Apache Software Foundation “incubating” project originally established by Cloud.com but transported to Citrix during a July 2011 acquisition. CloudStack is a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform for managing large networks of virtual machines. It was originally GPLv3 and is now ASLv2 as part of the move to Apache.

The offering from Vision Solutions is (arguably potentially) interesting because CloudStack has some disaster recovery functionality built in, but it is not “real time” – it’s based on snapshots.

The Apache website feature lists confirms that, “To help mitigate data loss and a way of disaster recovery, users are given the capability of either taking adhoc snapshots of their disk volumes or setting up a comprehensive schedule for taking periodic snapshots of their data. Users can set limits to the number of snapshots taken to creating new data disk volumes from existing snapshots.”

This new offering sells itself as doing synchronisation and data replication in real time. This (arguably potentially) overcomes the problem around data being created between snapshots.

According to Gartner, “The key attributes of cloud computing — service-based, scalable and elastic, shared, metered by use and Internet-based — deliver a strong alternative to more inflexible and expensive traditional disaster recovery services and may even be a superior alternative to an in-house self-managed approach. As a result, Gartner expects RaaS to continue to grow as a logical extension to cloud infrastructure services.”

It estimates that “worldwide recovery as a service (RaaS) spending in 2012 was $465.7 million, and that the market will grow to $1.2 billion by 2017, a CAGR of 21%.

“Companies of all sizes, from SMB to enterprise, are considering cloud-based recovery as a non-disruptive path to cloud adoption and it follows the scalable, comprehensive disaster recovery and availability solution that every cloud option requires,” said Alan Arnold, chief technology officer, Vision Solutions.