Infrascale + Google Cloud: Faster Failover Starts with a Faster Cloud

We’re announcing a partnership with Google that pairs our cloud backup and disaster recovery-as-a-service solutions with the Google Cloud Platform.  I know it’s a cliché with any partner announcement – one plus one equals three —  but, I think in this case there’s real proof in this pudding.

The Problems We’re Trying to Solve

Let’s start with some jaw dropping stats that are impacting organizations of all sizes, but are especially devastating to SMBs who often lack the IT resources and manpower to defend and quickly recover from prolonged periods of downtime.

  • Ransomware: Ransomware is the number one cyber threat on the planet. 70% of businesses hit by ransomware paid the hackers to regain access to systems and data. Of those attacked, 20% paid over $40,000 to retrieve data, while more than half paid more than $10,000. Source: IBM X-Force’s Ransomware, December 2016.
  • Downtime: At an estimated $700 billion is losses per year, the average cost of IT downtime is about $9,000 per minute for most midmarket enterprises (obviously this estimate will vary by the size and type of organization). Consider that complete unplanned outages, on average, last 66 minutes longer than partial outages. You can do the math and the impact is scary. Source: Poneman Institute, Cost of Data Center Outages report, January 2016.
  • Data Loss: Data loss statistics can be chilling. Studies suggest that nearly 3 out of 4 of the companies lose critical data – from lost mission critical software applications to lost virtual machines to lost critical files every year. Adding insult to injury, more and more organizations are being breached by cyber criminals and no location, industry or organization is immune from attack. Source: The Cost of Server, Application, and Network Downtime: North American Enterprise Survey and Calculator, ISH Inc., January 2016.

To help address these threats to uptime, we’re integrating our data protection solutions to Google Cloud.

Backup to the Google Cloud

Infrascale has always offered broad OS support and a variety of cloud targets – whether they be public or private clouds. Now, Infrascale customers and the partners who serve them can replicate to Google Cloud.  Google Cloud Platform lets you focus on what’s next for your business and frees you from the overhead of managing infrastructure, provisioning servers and configuring networks. This powerful infrastructure improves the performance of backup and recovery for everyone.

Disaster Recovery in the Google Cloud

Infrascale Disaster Recovery protects your organization against server failures, site-wide disasters, and even ransomware attacks. It delivers guaranteed 15-minute failover of mission-critical applications in the event of a minor or major crash. In fact, our own testing for VM failover within the Google Cloud is lightning fast and measured in seconds, not hours.

You are probably justifiably skeptical and you should be. But, this is the type of performance you have to experience for yourself. Given the opportunity, we’ll combat your skepticism with real results, real performance, and real proof.  The pairing our leading-edge CloudBoot technology with the Google Cloud Platform delivers eye-popping boot speeds.  You can read about our failover technology, but a big part of the performance gains is the faster cloud that Google Cloud offers.

How can a public cloud deliver that kind of failover performance? 

There’s a lot of innovation that Google has baked into its data centers and worldwide fiber network that give it a leg up on other cloud infrastructures, including

  • Sub-second Archive Restore: Google Cloud delivers sub-second data availability and provides high throughput for prompt restoration of data. Competing systems take 4-5 hours to do the same data archiving tasks, offer substantially lower throughput, and often charge confusing and expensive fees for restore.
  • Global load balancers that scale to 1 million+ users instantly: Google Cloud’s built-in load balancers are part of a worldwide distributed system for delivering enterprise-class infrastructure to organizations, big and small — the same system that supports Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube.
  • Faster boot times: Google Cloud Compute Engine instances boot in the range of 40-50 seconds, roughly 1/5th of the time required by competing clouds.
  • Reduced Latency: Google’s global network footprint, with over 75 points-of-presence across more than 33 countries, ensures you receive the same low latency and responsiveness customers expect from Google’s own services.

Continued Cloud Evolution

In the early days, cloud platforms like Google focused their efforts on attracting start-ups and young, agile companies that were ripe for the cloud. This made sense, as their platforms offered these companies a quick and easy alternative to conventional, on-prem IT—as well as the ability to scale their operations without a lengthy procurement process.

But now the tables are turning. Midmarket and enterprises are waking up to the benefits of on-demand, pay-as-you-go infrastructure and following in the footsteps of the early adopters. That’s why this partnership is so exciting to us. We’re combining the speed and innovation of our own failover services with the power and performance of the Google cloud to protect an organization’s most valuable assets – uptime and data.

This partnership gives us the opportunity to equip organizations of all sizes with much improved operational resiliency and ransomware insurance that’s affordable, simple, and secure.

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