Gartner’s 2015 Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Magic Quadrant, North America is out, and Peak 10 is in it. The report 1, authored by Gartner analysts John Morency and Christine Tenneson, was released April 21, and can be accessed here.
Gartner Magic Quadrants present the competitive positioning of service providers in specific high-growth technology markets — in this case, DRaaS — using a quadrant graph that notes which ones are considered Leaders, Visionaries, Niche or Challengers.
Gartner positioned Peak 10 in the Niche quadrant, in which the providers are “typically specialists with more focused product portfolios, or are emerging vendors.”2
(You can learn more about the various designations and the methodology used here.)
Gartner defines Disaster Recovery as a Service as the scenario when the service provider manages virtual machine (VM) replication and, optionally, physical machine (PM) replication from the production data center into the cloud, VM/PM activation inside the cloud and recovery exercising within the cloud.
Peak 10 delivers the first kind of service through its Recovery Cloud, a cost-effective, highly flexible DRaaS solution that ensures rapid recovery of mission-critical applications and data.
The Benefits of the Peak 10 Recovery Cloud
Built on leading-edge technologies and combined with Peak 10’s expertise in cloud technologies and disaster recovery, the Peak 10 Recovery Cloud enables customers to take advantage of the reduced costs associated with multi-tenancy while accessing the cloud resources to restore services in the event of an application or entire site failure quickly, securely and regardless of where their production environment is housed. It features continuous data protection (CDP) to minimize data loss should a disaster occur. Failovers can be initiated within minutes, and customers can select the point in time at which a test or failover recovers at the time of execution.
Peak 10 can also assist with other aspects of a customer’s DR plan including updating public domain name system (DNS) records hosted by Peak 10. In addition, Peak 10 will immediately enable reverse replication to expedite the failback process when desired.
The benefits of the Peak 10 Recovery Cloud are further supplemented by some of the company’s other competitive strengths, including a strategically located network of data centers and cloud infrastructure that has been audited for PCI DSS 2.0 Level 1 and HIPAA compliance; the availability of a broad spectrum of managed security services and Peak 10’s high customer satisfaction score in support of its hybrid recovery configurations.
DR in the Spotlight
This is Gartner’s first time publishing a Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Magic Quadrant, an indication of the growing demand for cloud-based disaster recovery services like the Peak 10 Recovery Cloud. There’s a good reason for the increasing interest in these services. Data is the lifeblood of most companies; the loss of it or inability to access it can be disastrous.
Whether due to a natural or manmade disaster, an IT outage can rack up costs for lost sales, idled workers, contract penalties, compliance violations, loss of stock value and much more. There’s also the potential for damage to a company’s reputation that can come from not being able to fulfill orders or losing a customer’s data to a cyber-thief.
Increasingly, companies are recognizing the importance of disaster recovery planning and seeking providers that can help them minimize IT downtime and protect their mission-critical data and applications.
How to Use the Magic Quadrant
While Gartner’s 2015 Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) Magic Quadrant, North America doesn’t provide recommendations for recovery services or service providers, it does provide a starting point for assessing how well various providers are executing against their stated visions.
So use this information as a first step in evaluating a potential service provider for cloud-based recovery services. Read up on what you should look for in a provider. Then take a look at the Peak 10’s DRaaS solution, the Recovery Cloud — and Peak 10 in general. Peak 10 was the first provider in the Americas to achieve the Cisco Powered Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) designation under the Cisco® Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification, and that’s only one of differentiators that sets Peak 10 apart from other providers of cloud-based disaster recovery.
1 Gartner “Disaster Recovery as a Service Report” by John Morency, Christine Tenneson, April 21, 2015.
2 Note: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.