There's another new player in the cloud protection and recovery space. Vision Solutions, which provides replication, availability and disaster recovery services and solutions, has launched its Cloud Protection & Recovery offering, which combines Vision's Double-Take and MIMIX products into a service that cloud cloud service providers can use to accelerate their own cloud service practices.

As part of a cloud services broker practice, Vision's CP&R recovery-as-a-service was designed with service providers in mind. While providing a "low-risk path to the cloud," the CP&R service also gives service providers a new offering to take to their customers—something customers are looking for, according to the company.

The new service includes:

  • A recovery-as-a-service platform that takes Vision's technology and combines it with Apache CloudStack Edition to enable providers running Citrix (NASDAQ: CTXS) CloudPlatform or Apache CloudStack the ability to offer customers a cloud-integrated recovery-as-a-service. Additionally, it's built on Vision's Double-Take real-time replication technology.
  • Metered usage that enables cloud providers to consume licenses in a pay-as-you-go model. According to Vision, this model reduces risks for cloud providers while helping them create cloud-based disaster recovery, high ability and migration solutions in the cloud.
  • A software development kit that provides access to APIs for custom integration of Double-Take into the provider's cloud ecosystem. According to Vision, this will provide a higher degree of automation and reduce administration costs.

"Companies of all sizes, from SMB to enterprise, are considering cloud-based recovery as a non-disruptive path to cloud adoption and it follows the scalable, comprehensive disaster recovery and availability solution that every cloud option requires," said Alan Arnold, CTO of Vision Solutions, in a prepared statement.

As Vision launches this new cloud-based solution, it's also realigning its product portfolio into three categories—cloud protection and recovery, high availability and disaster recovery, and migration and cross-platform data sharing.