CA’s Instant Recovery On Demand Helps SMBs Meet Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Requirements
New Turnkey Software-as-a-Service Offering Supports Secure, Continuous Application and Data Availability without Capital Investment
CA WORLD 2008, LAS VEGAS, November 16, 2008 – CA, Inc. (NASDAQ: CA) today announced CA Instant Recovery On Demand, a new turn-key business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) service that helps small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) ensure continuous availability of applications and data, even in the event of a critical systems failure or disaster, without additional IT infrastructure costs.
Since CA Instant Recovery On Demand is delivered as a turn-key managed service, it helps SMBs meet their continuous availability needs within the limits of their staff and budget—an important way to help IT address business and compliance accountability in a challenging economic environment.
“SMB IT organizations need an affordable and manageable way to ensure non-stop business operations and continuous data protection,” said Jon Toigo, CEO of Toigo Partners International, 25 year veteran disaster recovery planner and author of five books on disaster recovery planning. “By providing a business continuity and disaster recovery managed service, CA is helping SMB organizations meet all these requirements.”
The new hosted service is sold exclusively through authorized CA partners and typically implements in less than 24 hours. Now, partners can offer SMB customers the ability to leverage CA’s award-winning CA XOsoft High Availability technology via a hosted cloud service, delivered real-time over the internet. Through this sales and delivery model, both resellers and their SMB customers benefit from reduced up-front costs, speeding their time to value.
“The paradox of these tough financial times is that many SMBs mandate IT to ensure application and information availability, but don’t have the resources to implement an in-house solution,” said Adam Famularo, senior vice president and general manager for CA’s Recovery Management and Data Modeling business unit. “A key differentiator between CA Instant Recovery On Demand and many other managed BC/DR offerings is that we can offer them a turn-key solution with no requirement for additional hardware or software.”
CA Instant Recovery On Demand is tailored exclusively for a channel sales model and allows partners to offer customers:
- Scalable, continuous data protection that provides instant data recovery in the event of isolated data corruption episodes
- SaaS-based, real-time replication and data for Windows Servers, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Microsoft IIS and Oracle
- Application availability via fully automated failover and failback for file servers, Exchange, SQL, IIS and Oracle
- Disaster recovery site compliance through fully automated DR testing without disrupting the production environment
CA Instant Recovery On Demand leverages a SaaS Business Continuity platform and hosting facilities from CA business partner Geminare Incorporated.
“Application and data availability is no longer a nice-to-have for a company, it’s a mandate from management,” said Joshua Geist, CEO of Geminare Incorporated, a CA business partner specializing in host-based business continuity services. “With CA Instant Recovery On Demand, IT can deliver on this directive with a rapidly deployed, enterprise-class solution without high up-front costs or complication.”
CA Instant Recovery On Demand is available for sale and delivery by authorized CA Partners, who can sign up to sell it now in North America and Germany and in the rest of EMEA and APAC in calendar Q1 and Q2.
“The opportunity for SaaS providers in the SMB market is astronomical and the value they can provide their customers is huge,” said David Dadian, CEO for powersolution.com Inc, a New Jersey-based CA Instant Recovery On Demand reseller. “Neither the customer or reseller is investing a lot of capital up front. They can achieve the same results as a mirrored site at a fraction of the cost. This minimizes cost and provides for faster and greater ROI.”
“It is important to provide clients with full failover protection for their environment to avoid disasters, not just be prepared to recover from them,” continued Dadian. “Because it best provides these capabilities, the CA XOsoft technology is key to the success of CA Instant Recovery On Demand as a complete SaaS business continuity solution.”
“Particularly in today’s economic climate, we are looking to lower the total cost of technology and eliminate operational headaches for our customers so that they can focus on their business and get an effective ROI,” said J. Michael Drake, founder and CEO, master IT, a Tennessee-based managed services provider. “With CA Instant Recovery ON Demand, we can provide the business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities they need, as well as saving them and ourselves any large start-up costs.”
“I have spoken with several CA XOsoft High Availability customers, including organizations impacted by severe weather events in the Gulf Coast, for whom it has been a lifesaver,” said Jon Toigo, CEO of Toigo Partners International. “I’m pleased to see CA responding to the economics of IT in SMB organizations by taking the model into the clouds.”
About CA Instant Recovery On Demand
CA Instant Recovery On Demand is based on CA XOsoft High Availability, an award-winning software product that helps ensure 24x7 protection and availability of key business applications and data, providing application-aware replication and automatic failover for Microsoft Exchange, SQL, IIS, SharePoint, Oracle, Blackberry Enterprise Server and File Servers. Heterogeneous replication support is available for Linux and UNIX. Implementation, upgrades and DR testing capabilities are designed to be simple and non-disruptive to business operations. For more information on CA Instant Recovery On Demand, please visit www.ca.com/instantrecovery.
CA Instant Recovery On Demand is one of three SaaS offerings from CA announced today. CA On Demand solutions offer industry-leading functionality with faster implementation times. Customers can achieve cost savings, realize faster time to value, free up scarce IT resources for other priorities and reduce risk by leveraging CA’s state-of-the-art secure hosting facilities. Over 1,000 customers worldwide use CA SaaS and hosted solutions to improve IT economics. For more information about CA On Demand offerings, visit www.ca.com/ondemand.
CA Instant Recovery On Demand is another example of how CA Enterprise IT Management solutions help organizations drive business value from IT and effectively improve IT economics. With CA solutions in place, such as CA Instant Recovery On Demand, customers are able to respond more quickly and efficiently to changing conditions and capitalize on emerging business opportunities. The solutions CA is announcing at CA World 2008 help lower the total cost of ownership of IT by providing faster time-to-value and reducing IT costs through better integration, automation and control.
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