No cloud is perfect. Even the cloud giants have been struck by the worst outages. Earlier this year, Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform, suffered from a worldwide 12-hour outage. And last year, a voltage spike at one of Amazon's data centers knocked down Netflix, Instagram and Pinterest, among other services.
Although large companies typically recover quickly from cloud outages, for small businesses with limited budgets and IT resources, a single cloud outage means taking a big financial and logistical hit.
To give businesses an extra layer of protection and peace of mind, there's a new cloud backup solution on the digital horizon.
Nasuni, a storage-infrastructure-as-a-service (SIaaS) company, announced on Tuesday a new cloud-mirroring service designed to give cloud-dependent customers a higher level of protection and availability of data stored on the cloud. In the event of an outage, cloud mirroring makes disaster recovery a less-painful process.
"Customers have made it clear that there's no such thing as too much data protection when it comes to cloud storage," Andres Rodriguez, CEO of Nasuni, said in a statement.
Cloud mirroring offers another level of protection by replicating data between two clouds. One set of data remains on the primary cloud, while a copy is dispatched to a secondary cloud. To keep data "mirrored," the two clouds are automatically synced. Companies can then access their data on the secondary cloud in the event of any data loss, downtime or other type of outage that renders their data inaccessible from the primary cloud.
In addition to data protection, cloud mirroring offers convenience: There is no additional work necessary on the user's part. The provider manages the back end of the service, so users are not required to perform any technical tasks related to data transfers or replication between clouds. In turn, IT departments can focus on company needs instead of worrying about keeping yet another data center up-to-date. Company information remains safe, current and available in order to lessen the impact of outages.
Nasuni, based in Natick, Mass., offers SIaaS solutions that replace traditional storage systems by consolidating data protection, management, storage and access in a single service.