Hybrid cloud has emerged as the most common cloud strategy for our customers. With organizations sometimes having thousands of applications – both existing legacy apps and new cloud microservices – securing and maintaining those apps in hybrid cloud environments is critical to success for many of our customers.
With this in mind, VMware has announced its intent to acquire Datrium, to expand the current VMware Site Recovery disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering with Datrium’s world-class cost-optimized DRaaS solution. This is a significant move forward to help customers build hybrid clouds by combining the consistent infrastructure and operations of VMware Cloud with Datrium DRaaS to reduce the cost and complexity of business continuity.
VMware Cloud is helping customers with its faster, more secure path to cloud with a broad ecosystem of cloud partners, including AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud and more than 170 VMware Cloud Verified partners. DRaaS is the fastest growing segment for data protection use cases with a $4.5B market growing at 15% CAGR according to IDC’s Worldwide Data Protection as a Service Forecast for 2019–2023. DRaaS is ideally suited to the hybrid cloud model where cloud economics and flexibility match the infrequent but unpredictable characteristics of disaster scenarios.
After the deal closes, the Datrium disaster recovery (DR) service will expand on the existing performance-optimized VMware Site Recovery DRaaS solution with a cost-optimized option. The Datrium DRaaS solution delivers an end-to-end cloud driven user experience in VMware Cloud on AWS today. The innovative, cost-optimized approach leverages native cloud services, and provides forever incremental point-in-time copies that are encrypted, deduped, and stored efficiently in AWS S3. Most importantly, Datrium will bring to VMware a team of world-class engineers with deep experience in storage, virtualization, data protection, and cloud technologies. Datrium is already a VMware partner offering an end-to-end DR service with VMware Cloud on AWS.
After the deal closes, Datrium’s proven team and unique IP in cloud storage and end-to-end DR services will broaden the VMware Cloud vision to include DRaaS where customers can experience a consistent operating model across the hybrid cloud during DR instances. We look forward to integrating the Datrium product into our VMware Cloud portfolio to offer an operator-friendly architecture consistent with cloud user expectations.