CenturyLink today announced the acquisition of DataGardens, a Canadian provider of software for cloud-based disaster recovery-as-a-service. Terms of the deal were not announced. (See CenturyLink Acquires DataGardens.)
The third-largest US wireline telecom provider had been partnering with Data Gardens Inc. on disaster recovery prior to this and is now bringing its SafeHaven software suite solution in-house to develop broader offerings and offer a better end-to-end service for CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) customers, a company spokesman said today.
Some enterprises are looking for data recovery before moving more misssion-critical applications into the cloud. With the acquisition, CenturyLink is looking to make disaster recovery simpler and less expensive so it is more widely used, including by small to midsized businesses wanting to move into the cloud, CenturyLink says.
DataGardens' software enables cloud service users to easily and cost-effectively mirror physical or virtual machines for backup purposes, according to CenturyLink's blog on the subject. Customers can locate their mirrored data in a cloud such as CenturyLink's and have point-and-click data recovery
CenturyLink has used DataGardens' technology to help its customers in migrating to the cloud. Using that technology, CenturyLink creates "replica environments" for customers moving their data and applications to CenturyLink cloud from other public clouds and from private clouds. The disaster-recovery-as-a-service model also can provide backup for enterprises who use the public cloud in a hybrid cloud model, according to the spokesman.
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