Qwest Expands Cloud-Based Services with Real-Time Application Recovery

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Real-Time Application Recovery is a cloud-based, on-demand continuity service that helps ensure uninterrupted availability to data and applications during an unplanned outage, disaster or system failure.

Data and voice networking communications solutions provider Qwest Communications announced enhancements to its business continuity/disaster recovery portfolio with the launch of Real-Time Application Recovery. The cloud-based service is designed to keep business operations running uninterrupted in the event of a system failure and is aimed at small to medium-size businesses with limited IT budgets.

By partnering with Geminare, a specialist in the recovery-as-a-service (RaaS) market, this hosted cloud-based solution protects applications including e-mail and databases, with no onsite hardware requirements by being fully managed hosted in a Qwest CyberCenter. Should a server or network disruption occur, customers using Real-Time Application Recovery have instant, secure access to their e-mail, file and database server content regardless of whether they are working from a remote location or company headquarters. The solution is fully automated, a company release noted.

Jim Davis, a senior analyst with Tier 1 Research's networks and media division, said reliability and downtime aren't just concerns of the CIO—they are key concerns for owners of small and medium-sized business as well, but smaller firms haven't been able to afford enterprise-grade disaster recovery and business continuity services.

"Tier 1 Research estimates that the cloud infrastructure market will grow from $500M in 2009 to $4B by 2013, with cloud storage representing 43 percent of that total," Davis said. "Part of the reason for this rapid growth is that cloud computing enables businesses of all sizes to access innovative offerings such as cloud recovery services, which solve core disaster recovery and business continuity challenges for the SMB market."

Geminare CEO Joshua Geist said Qwest is ahead of the curve in its cloud computing offerings, making the company a market leader and a perfect partner to capitalize on the multibillion-dollar RaaS opportunity. "Qwest's commitment and attention to every aspect of its managed services business is impeccable, and its extensive market reach will ensure that companies are exposed to our game-changing RaaS technology," he said. "We are delighted to be associated with such a reputable company."