Backup Continuity & DR

I am in the market for a solution that provides a local device to backup 6 Windows servers (virtual & physical, sql, exchange, AD DCs, file servers, etc).  If any of these 6 servers were to fail a virtual VM at the local appliance (server) would spin up to continue operations until I have time to fix the issue on the original failed server.  This local appliance will also sync to another location on the east/west coasts (cloud).  If the office were to go down during a disaster VMs of all 6 servers can be spun in the cloud with ipsec secure access for users to login from home or another location with Internet access.  

However, the 6 vms in the cloud must be segregated from other client's data.  Sharing of hardware is not an option.  Our data cannot co-mingle with any other data residing on the same hardware, so completely separate hardware in the cloud is absolutetly necessary.

I was working with Datto (www.dattobackup.com), and they offer the complete solution with the exception of offering a dedicated hardware solutions in the cloud.  Do you know of any other competitors that offer an all in one solution as described above?

I prefer dealing with one company that is reputable and been aroud a while.  I also am not interested in piecing everything together using different venders hardware/software solutions.
cmp119IT ManagerAsked:
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CptnTripsCommented:
If they each have to be on separate hardware, what are you gaining by virtualizing them?

Have you looked at CommVault:
http://www.commvault.com/solutions/leverage-cloud-infrastructure

or FlaconStor:
http://www.falconstor.com/solutions/business-solutions/cloud-services
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CptnTripsCommented:
Falcon, not Flacon ;)
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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
The local device is able backup both physical and virtual servers to one appliance/server and virtualize them.  This provides the ability to spin a backed up vm of a failed production server when a failures occurs.  Extending this capability to the cloud is an ideal solution for growing DR issues.  The cloud solution should be a private cloud solution in order to completely insure complete segregation of data while off premise.
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pgm554Commented:
http://www.zenithinfotech.com/

They basically resell Storagecraft which is a pretty decent product.
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CptnTripsCommented:
CommVault is one to look at as well then. They have a very nice cloud connector and do an amazing job of deduplication. I get above 90% reduction in replicated data and I am able to do a "1-click" P2V conversion of any physical server. FalconStor (HyperTrac) is more of a storage virtualization product that does great block level deduplicaiton and replication but typically needs a backup product to work in conjunction with for physical servers. CommVault does deduplication at each client and has native agents for anything you may be running.
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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
pgm554 - I reviewed the link you sent.  It looks promising since they do offer we exactly need:  local backup, continuity, remote private cloud sync, continuity, and DR.  Commvault did not appear to offer a complete solution along with private cloud offering.  I requested speaking with a Zenith BDR rep.  I am still open to other offerings to serve as comparison.
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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I contacted Zenith Infotech Limited and I have not heard back from them.  Initially they stated a combination of BDRG14 & Tiger Cloud Solution would meet our needs.  However, I sent them the following more detailed need our office requires, and its been two days without any response.

1.      We need a local appliance to backup (6) Windows 2003/2008/2012 servers (Exchange 2003/2013, SQL 2008, .NET front end, DCs, File Servers, etc.)  We are looking at about 900Gbs of data in total.  We vision if any of these servers fail a temporary VM of the failed node can be spun up on the appliance.  When the temp VM is running on the appliance snap will continue, and when ready the temp VM can be restored to the same hardware or dissimilar hardware.  Please note the restore process will involve VM to physical server and VM to VM.  The local appliance will immediately address local backups and allow to do away with backup tapes and disk cartridges via BackupExec 2012.  It will also address business continuality by minimizing resource downtime to minutes compared to hours or even days, etc.  I also need to know if your solution allows granular mailbox restores for Exchange 2003/2013 Standard?  

2.      We want to extend business continuity and introduce a disaster recovery solution by replicating the backed up VM to a private cloud solution.  Our data cannot co-mingle with any other entity’s data and must reside on separate hardware at any co-location.  So, I envision acquiring two appliances (local and another residing at a co-location).  The appliance residing at your data center will serve as a failover platform in the event the office is demolished and the local appliance is destroyed.  We have about 17 employees that would IPSEC VPN to access the spun VMs at your data center.  Once our office is restored or a new one acquired, we would then need a replacement appliance with current VM backups restored to the replacement hardware (dissimilar restore).  This approach resolves any and all issues relating to data co-mingling with anyone else’s data, and we could also simply ask to send us back our appliance located at the data center should we no longer need this service.  We also would need to discuss how mail will be received from a temporary VM at your data center; DNS, MX record propagation would pose delays, etc.
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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I contacted Zenith InfoTech.  They do not offer any sort of private cloud solution.  I am in need of replicating the local backup to the cloud via a private cloud solution or even better a second identical device at a provider co-location center.  Turn key solution is sought.  I do not want to both purchasing two devices and hunting down a co-location provider, etc.

I believe CommVault is in the same situation.  These providers offer public cloud solution.  My clients are financial and legal companies that want full control of their data off-premise with optimal security.  We are dealing with a lot confidential info that must not be compromised.
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pgm554Commented:
Look at Sungard then.

I have clients that have used them in the past.

http://www.sungard.com/
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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
I am sorry for not responding back, but I have reached out to several providers about this.  None can provide hosting a remote dedicated box at their facilities.  My employer want a local device syncing with an identical remote device that does not interface with any public cloud solution.  I understand everything is segregated via firewalls, etc., but my employers request is a turnkey solution that has two devices syncing, one local and the other at some other location.  Purchasing two devicing and working with Rackspace.com or a similar co-location facility is not cost effecting or feasible.  

Might need to close this question.
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cmp119IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Gentleman, thank you for your suggestions.  However, Zenith Infotech nor any other Backup, Continuity, and DR provider is willing to sell two identical appliances with one on-site syncing with another off-site appliance while hosting it for us.  They will sell me two appliances, but it is up to me finding a co-location that will house it.  That's not going to work as a turn-key solution.  Co-location facilities are not cheap, and for the money expended the overall cost is simply not worth it.  Zenith Infotech said they could possible do it, but has yet to discuss it with me for over two months now.

Piece mealing storage craft licensing purchasing a workstation with gops of TBs and another remote remote server housed a co-location is not worth the time and money for me.  Please close this out.  I will simply wait for a solution that offers complete segregation of physical hardware maintained in the cloud.
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