MSP Today Expert Feature
January 29, 2016

HotLink Leverages Amazon Web Services for Fully-Managed DRaaS Solution

In term of disaster readiness, more than 70 percent of companies are failing, and close to 60 percent rarely or never test their DR plans, according to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council. At a time when virtually every organization is relying on digital technology for all or most of their operations, not having a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR or BC/DR) plan is tantamount to driving without insurance, but with greater risk. The launch of the HotLink Managed DRaaS (disaster recovery as a service) looks to deliver a solution that leverages Amazon Web Services (News - Alert) (AWS) to provide a comprehensive VMware data protection with the resiliency to recover from disasters in a manner that is cost effective.

One of the biggest reasons for the slow rate of BC/DR adoption is the difficulty and expense associated with implementing the solution. This also includes DRaaS offerings.

The HotLink Managed DRaaS looks to deliver its solution and beat the price point of its competitors by reaching more customers with the unlimited scalability of AWS for the DR/BC infrastructure. Built on the company’s HotLink DR Express, it is the only VMware-certified DR/BC solution that is integrated with VMware management for an automated VMware data protection in AWS.

The management of DR/BC requires systematic monitoring, testing, reporting and escalation support in order to be successful and predictable. The protection extends to backup, replication and DR/BC, so whether the disruption is caused by a security breach, networking failure, software issue, human error or an unforeseen incident, organizations know their business will continue operating.

“HotLink Managed DRaaS provides an affordable and accessible insurance policy that ensures customers’ environments can be seamlessly restored and readily managed in the event of a failure, using IT’s existing VMware management tools and methodologies. This is a first in the industry,” said Lynn LeBlanc, CEO of HotLink.

Some of the features of the new HotLink Managed DRaaS include: AWS DR/BC site creation and maintenance; continuous monitoring and testing; reporting and alerts; restoration of business operations within minutes; VMware vCenter management extended to DR/BC operations in AWS; migration back on-premises at any time; expert managed services and support; and tiered service offerings.

One of the barriers for adoption of DC/BR was the complexity in implementing and maintaining the solution. As LeBlanc goes on to say, “Companies want a ‘set it and forget it’ solution for DR/BC, and that’s exactly what our new service provides.”

HotLink Managed DRaaS is available now.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere