MTS Allstream (Toronto: MBT.TO) is playing into the growing desire for cloud-based disaster recovery services with its new Cloud Replication Services offering.
Delivered through a partnership with Recovery as a Service provider Geminare, Allstream's Cloud Replication Services will provide business customers with a continuity of operations (COOP) solution that will allow them conduct business as if their respective network was still up. The two companies are able to provide necessary business services through an auto-failover mechanism that redirects users to a real-time, replicated server environment in the cloud.
Available in March, Allstream is offering Cloud Replication as a fully Managed IP Service that will run over its growing national IP-based fiber network.
Perhaps the most compelling point of the new service is that because it runs in the cloud, business users can implement a business continuity and disaster recovery that does not require upfront capital investment. Instead of having to install and maintain various hardware and software gear at their site, they can hand off these functions to their service provider like MTS Allstream to handle these functions instead.
While MTS Allstream is a large service provider that could obviously build its own offerings, its partnership with Geminare illustrates the idea that service providers will seek out partners in the greater application ecosystem to deliver cloud services for its business customers.
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