IBM announced this week that it is adding new disaster recovery and security services for its SoftLayer clients. Big Blue said the new capabilities will help accelerate cloud adoption because they will help to secure essential assets and maintain business continuity if there is a disaster.
SoftLayer is IBM's high-performance, self-service Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering. SoftLayer customers will have access to the company's Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery (VSR) managed service, which provides automated recovery for mission-critical applications, servers and cloud-based data. IBM said that VSR allows entire systems to be replicated in real-time, independent of the underlying hardware and including system files, databases, applications and user data.
In addition, SoftLayer clients will be able to use IBM's Resiliency Consulting Services, which integrate existing environments with the SoftLayer public cloud and a private cloud. These services are designed to assist with resiliency assessment and implementation, and include Resiliency Consulting for Cloud, Cloud Managed Backup, Cloud Data Virtualization, Cloud Application Resiliency and Cloud Virtualized Server Recovery.
Two New Cloud Centers
IBM said the new services for SoftLayer customers provide round-the-clock firewall, unified threat management for firewall and intrusion detection, and prevention management and monitoring services.
The company also announced it is launching two new cloud-based resiliency centers, adding to 15 other global centers planned for SoftLayer and the 150 business continuity and resiliency services (BCRS) Resiliency Centers. The new facilities, slated for Raleigh, N.C., and Mumbai are intended to hasten recover times by all but eliminating network latency.
Additional security services for SoftLayer customers will be rolled out this year, including enhanced distributed denial of service protection, Web and e-mail protection, and managed endpoint protection.
Although business disasters are, of course, bad news, the market for services for recovery and continuity is booming. IBM said it expects the market opportunity to grow to nearly $32 billion by next year. An IBM study about chief information security officers in 2013 found that 70 percent of CISOs were concerned about mobile and cloud security.
VMware unveiled this week its own disaster recovery services, designed to secure essential data in its virtualized systems. The new service complements an existing disaster recovery product it offers, which companies have to utilize themselves.
In a posting Tuesday on the VMware Company Blog, Senior Vice President and General Manager Bill Fathers wrote that, "for far too long, enterprise-class IT business continuance and disaster recovery solutions have been out of reach for mid-size businesses." He said the new, cloud-based VMware vCloud Hybrid Solution can "drastically change the economics of IT disaster recovery" because it can be self-managed, is simple to set up, and is "a fraction of the cost and complexity" of traditional disaster recovery solutions.