Double-Take partners with Amazon on cloud DR

By Dave Simpson

-- Double-Take Software today announced a partnership with Amazon to deliver cloud-based backup and disaster recovery (DR) services. The offering – dubbed Double-Take Cloud – is based on Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) public cloud platform, Amazon Web Services, and Double-Take's system state replication engine, which enables bare-metal recovery of data, applications and operating systems.

With Double-Take Cloud, users run Double-Take's real-time replication software on servers at a primary site. After the initial replication, only changed data is replicated to Amazon's EC2 facility (minimizing bandwidth). In the event of a failure at the primary site the server(s) at Amazon's site take over workload processing while data is being rebuilt on the primary servers (minimizing downtime).

Double-Take charges $150 per month per server, regardless of server size and/or capacity. Amazon charges $100 per month plus storage costs (around 20 cents to 25 cents per GB) and recovery costs (which depend on the time required for recovery).

Peter Laundenslager, senior manager of Double-Take's cloud recovery program, says that Double-Take Cloud differs from most cloud-based backup services in that it provides high-speed online recovery. In addition, by leveraging Amazon's EC2, Double-Take Cloud eliminates the need for IT organizations to build their own remote DR sites.

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This article was originally published on February 22, 2010