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JetStream DR on Cloudian offers MSPs lower-cost DRaaS

Disaster recovery meets object storage in a new DR-as-a-service offering. Managed service provider Enterprise Networking Solutions Inc. has deployed the product with customers.

A California-based managed service provider has deployed a new disaster-recovery-as-a-service offering that integrates JetStream Software's DR product with Cloudian's object storage technology.

Enterprise Networking Solutions Inc. (ENS-Inc), an MSP based in Rancho Cordova, Calif., said it is the first service provider to use the DRaaS product JetStream DR on Cloudian. The DRaaS offering, which targets customers using VMware vSphere, continuously replicates data from customers' VMs to Cloudian's object store, housed in an off-site recovery environment.

ENS-Inc has used JetStream DR as an MSP partner for about two years, having beta-tested the product in 2018. The MSP has also used Cloudian's HyperStore platform as an archival storage tier for three years.

Paul Smitham, president at ENS-Inc, said combining the technologies for DRaaS can reduce costs by 60%. MSPs can pass the cost savings along to customers. 

"DR sometimes is very expensive and, a lot of times, people don't think they need it because it is so expensive," Smitham said.

ENS-Inc has provided JetStream DR on Cloudian for about six months, originally on a beta basis. The offering is now in general use. "We have customers on it, and we are starting to get more and more," Smitham said.

DR sometimes is very expensive and, a lot of times, people don't think they need it because it is so expensive.
Paul SmithamPresident, ENS-Inc

Additional cost savings stem from the use of JetStream DR, which Smitham said costs much less than competitive products from vendors such as Veeam and Zerto. He noted those products don't extend to object storage yet.

At the moment, ENS-Inc uses JetStream DR on Cloudian to replicate customers' data to DR sites in Rancho Cordova and Las Vegas.

Rich Petersen, president and co-founder at JetStream, said feedback from partners such as ENS-Inc has helped prioritize the development of new features. "We have been getting a lot of great guidance," he said.

Jon Toor, CMO at Cloudian, added that service providers have represented a major slice of the Cloudian's target market since the company's launch in 2011. He suggested object storage has found a home in the data protection world.

"Object storage has really emerged as the de facto target for backup software and continuous replication software," he said. "[DRaaS] is the kind of use case Cloudian was designed for."

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