One of the issues attendant with the wholesale rush into the cloud, is the concern around disaster recovery in situations where customers put all their eggs in one basket. Imagine you’re an enterprise that has embraced (for example) the Microsoft Azure cloud, you’re totally reliant on Azure’s own redundancy. In the (admittedly highly unlikely) event of a catastrophic loss within Azure, you could just lose your data.
Multi vendor disaster recovery is the answer to this conundrum but traditionally it’s been a difficult strategy to implement – differences between the various cloud vendors mean that their isn’t a great deal of commonality that would allow data replication en masse. This is the problem that Israeli vendor CloudEndure is (talking about) trying to solve (without actually helping at this point). The company is today launching a public beta of its disaster recovery solution The solution creates a fully functioning back up copy, replicated in real time, within an alternate cloud location. The CloudEndure backup contains the entire application stack – including storage, services and configuration data.
Well… kind of….
You see the real utility with an application like this is bundling up the entire application stack and replicating it, en masse, in another cloud vendor’s infrastructure. That’s the real prize here. At this stage, and in this incarnation, CloudEndure is only built for AWS. In response to a, frankly rather exasperated, question, the company told me that:
CloudEndure’s goal is to eliminate downtime in the public cloud. Amazon, being the leader in this space was the natural choice for its first target. Moving forward, they’ve already started working on offering the same capabilities for OpenStack and are expecting to have it ready for beta shortly.
So at this stage CloudEndure helps companies move to a multi-zone, multi region AWS deployment. Something that isn’t overly difficult today anyway. Now if they were launching with Azure, OpenStack and Google Compute Engine support for example, that would be exciting – of course it would also bring them straight into competition with a host of vendors: Cliqr, AppZero, Ravello, CloudSwitch, CloudVelocity etc. None of whom would seem to be setting the world on fire at this point.
To be honest, cloud migration is of debatable value as organizations move to a multi-cloud world. While that statement sounds counter intuitive, the fact is that enterprises are less worried about moving applications between vendors than they are of simply enabling their developers to use the platforms that work best for them. That said, the disaster recovery angle is one that has some validity for these vendors – but only if it is truly multi cloud.
Maybe CloudEndure will get there, but in the meantime, there’s little to see here outside of the hype.