HP Adds New DR Capabilities To Helion Cloud

by CXOtoday News Desk    Oct 20, 2014


HP has increased the flexibility of its Helion disaster recovery as a service. The company’s Helion Continuity Services already provides cloud-based disaster recovery as a service offering improved recovery times and reduced data loss at a lower total cost. The service now supports Linux physical clusters, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), as well as storage area network (SAN)-based data stores. Previously, support was limited to Linux servers and physical and virtual Windows servers and clusters.

HP’s cloud-based Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service improves recovery time by up to 90 percent; reduces data loss by up to 95 percent; and saves 15 percent to 50 percent in costs through a cloud-based As-a-Service pricing model, it said in a statement.

HP’s Helion Continuity Service helps business lessen the impact caused from system outages, such as lost customers, brand damage, decreased revenue and production downtime, the company said. The service protects workloads that are run in a client on-premises private cloud, traditional hosting environment or running on the HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud.

The enhancements include: the ability to provision additional storage at the time of recovery to meet short-term needs that arise as a result of changing workload requirements; the option of a dedicated hypervisor to give clients the ability to host dedicated applications requiring real-time replication; improved snapshot integration with 3PAR technology; support for Linux physical clusters; support for Oracle RAC; SAN based data stores; rehearsal support for customer Active Directory servers.

“The adoption of cloud technology has brought organisations a tremendous amount of innovation, flexibility and agility in how they consume IT services, but not all cloud services from the various vendors are built with continuity and resiliency as a part of their core DNA,” said Jim Fanella, vice president, Workload and Cloud, HP Enterprise Services.

“As we continue to grow our HP Helion managed portfolio of services, we believe that continuity should be a core feature for every business who utilizes the cloud and that clients should demand that their cloud partner needs to prepare them for the worst case scenario,” he said.

To improve availability for clients and better address customer regional regulatory requirements, HP is providing this service from seven recovery centres across the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific.