VMware recently announced its intent to purchase Datrium. The announcement was made on a blog posted by Senior Vice President, GM of Hyperconverged Infrastructure Business Unit at VMware, John Gilmartin, who said that the acquisition will enable the company "to expand the current VMware Site Recovery disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering with Datrium’s world-class cost-optimized DRaaS solution".
John added that this is a significant move forward to help customers build hybrid clouds by combining the consistent infrastructure and operations of VMware Cloud with Datrium DRaaS to reduce the cost and complexity of business continuity. He explained further that "DRaaS is the fastest growing segment for data protection use cases with a $4.5B market growing at 15% CAGR according to IDC’s Worldwide Data Protection as a Service Forecast for 2019–2023. DRaaS is ideally suited to the hybrid cloud model where cloud economics and flexibility match the infrequent but unpredictable characteristics of disaster scenarios." So this definitely bodes will for VMware financially and falls in line with its objective to provide faster, more secure path to cloud with a broad ecosystem of cloud partners.
To get a regional perspective on the future acquisition, DSA reached out to Sanjay K. Deshmukh, managing director and vice president, Southeast Asia and Korea, VMware, who said, "In today’s hyper-distributed, multi- and hybrid-cloud driven IT environment, the ability to seamlessly manage, secure and recover data is critical for IT to enable organizational resiliency and ensure business continuity. Datrium’s proven team and unique IP in cloud storage and end-to-end DR services will broaden the VMware Cloud vision to include DRaaS where customers can experience a consistent operating model across the hybrid cloud during DR instances. We look forward to integrating the Datrium product into our VMware Cloud portfolio to offer an operator-friendly architecture consistent with cloud user expectations. This will enable us for further our vision and support businesses on their digital transformation journey."
Datrium CEO, Tim Page, also released the following comment on this blog post. "Data protection and cost-effective cloud-native disaster recovery is core to our mission at Datrium, and it’s never been more important to our customers. By joining forces with VMware, we’ll be able to accelerate our roadmap plans to support all the major cloud platforms, work with a broader partner community, including more than 4,400 members of the VMware Cloud Provider Program, and deliver more innovation faster."
We feel that while both companies are looking towards a successful merger, we’re certain that some businesses like Zerto will be threatened by this announcement. This is because many companies have built very successful businesses around protecting VMware over the years, but now VMware will have a very strong cloud DR offering of their own.