SINGAPORE, 11 OCTOBER 2016 – ICONZ-Webvisions (iWV), a leading Cloud and Managed Services provider, has announced the availability of Microsoft Azure as a disaster recovery (DR) platform for its DR-as-a-Service (DRaaS) customers.
Powered by Zerto, a pioneer in the field of ‘IT Resilience’ that provides continuous availability and disaster recovery software solutions, the support for DRaaS to Azure will enable enterprise-class DR to the cloud with cost effective use of cloud economies of scale, while removing the overheads of having to manage and provision DR sites altogether.
“The support for Amazon Web Services, and now Microsoft Azure, in our DRaaS offering builds on the continuing trend of businesses looking to utilise the cloud as a disaster recovery site,” said Mr Albert Wong, Group CEO of iWV.
“Our customers will be able to replicate and recover files and virtual machines simultaneously from both cloud services, with Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) in seconds and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) in minutes,” he added.
The new DRaaS to Azure feature is part of Zerto’s Virtual Replication 5.0 software that was announced just last month. “Zerto has transformed the way organisations think about their overall IT strategies to improve their IT resiliency,” says Andrew Martin, Director, APAC & Japan, Zerto Ltd.
“We have changed the business continuity and DR space, by not only redefining its true business role, but making it easy for cloud service providers such as iWV to offer unparalleled DRaaS capabilities to its clients,” he added.
With DR, it’s business as usual
As Singapore gears up to become the world’s first Smart Nation, growing concerns over cyber security are inevitable as more enterprises deploy sensor networks, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and mobility solutions, which can increase the number of endpoints for perpetrators to launch cyber attacks.
In the event of a cyber incident, or a disaster like a flood or fire, organisations must make sure that they can restore business operations as quickly as possible, especially for those in regulated industries with strict compliance laws. However, many are still struggling with coming up with a DR plan.
According to the 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey conducted by The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, 75% organisations worldwide have failed to make the grade for disaster recovery preparedness, thus putting their business operations at risk by not being able to recover IT systems in the event of a disaster. This does not bode well for modern enterprises that depend on IT to power their businesses.
In addressing such gaps, organisations can turn to iWV DRaaS to quickly restore business applications and data through several layers of protection, ranging from simple backup restore to near synchronous replication.
iWVs’ DRaaS offering also takes enterprises through an Assessment and Planning process to ascertain their current DR status before making recommendations tailored to their business requirements, such as RTOs and RPOs.
Additionally, enterprises can take advantage of the 40-seat DR room available at iWVs’ premises where they can relocate to following a disaster – an integral part of any DR plan.
One organisation that has leveraged iWV’s DRaaS is Singapore legal services firm RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. The firm, which runs most of its IT operations in-house, is aware of the ever-present possibility of system failure or events such as flash fires which could destroy critical systems in its server room. It turned to iWVs’ DRaaS to rapidly restore its business applications and data by falling over to a dedicated virtualised environment according to its DR requirements. “We have to look at the entire picture – the pervasiveness of our IT infrastructure and how we handle our work every day. If the system is down for three days, and if within these three days you have a closing and you cannot close because all your documents are locked up, what are you going to say? It is unimaginable. There is a certain amount of pain that we are trying to avoid,” said Deputy Managing Partner Azman Jaafar.
At Cloud Expo Asia, the region’s largest gathering of the top cloud expertise held from October 12 to 13, iWV will be showcasing a range of security, backup and DR solutions for enterprises. Attendees can look forward to a promotional bundle that includes a one-month free trial on iWV DRaaS and DR Room worth up to $5,500. For more details, visit iWV at stand O19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About iWV (ICONZ-Webvisions)
Headquartered in Singapore, ICONZ-Webvisions (iWV) is a leading Cloud and Managed Services provider for services such as virtual servers, co-location and dedicated servers, as well as managed services such as backup, security, disaster recovery and monitoring. With more than 20 years of experience, the company serves more than 40,000 customers including Cycle & Carriage, Drew & Napier, OSIM, Hong Leong Finance, MCL Land, etc. For more information, go to www.iwv.works.