Unitrends “Open Sky” policy means that we not only offer our own Unitrends Cloud, but we also offer Amazon AWS Cloud as well as Google Cloud Storage Platform and other third-party clouds.  This is a good thing – and one of the reasons that our growth in cloud sales has surged into the triple digits.

One challenge in our “Open Sky” cloud backup choice policy is helping buyers make the best possible decision for their unique environment. This can’t be done without a lot of training – and thus a lot of information – concerning not just Unitrends technology but IT business and technical issues in general.

That leads to a question I got yesterday from one of our top sales people.  She wanted to know if we had information comparing and contrasting Unitrends Cloud, Amazon AWS Cloud, and Google Cloud Platform.  Here’s the information we created for the sales team – and are now sharing with you:

A few notes about the information in this table:

  • Unitrends Cloud, Amazon AWS Cloud, and Google Storage Cloud Platform all offer cloud storage.
  • Unitrends Cloud offers DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service) spin-up of VMware, Hyper-V, and physical and virtual Windows servers.
  • Unitrends Cloud offers Recovery Assurance for unlimited automated recovery testing for VMware, Hyper-V, and physical and virtual Windows servers.
  • Unitrends Cloud offers 24-hour SLAs on shipping data back to the customer (also offers a 1-hour and 24-hour SLAs on spin-ups.)  One of the reasons we offer our own cloud is the ability to tightly control and test against these SLAs.
  • Because Unitrends Cloud uses WAN optimization/acceleration, the RPO is much less than Amazon AWS Cloud or Google Cloud.
  • Unitrends Cloud has better RTOs, as you’d expect, because it implements DRaaS spin-up in the cloud.  Both AWS Cloud and Azure use a more protracted process that requires the system to send back the data via an Internet-based WAN connection. And low cost cold storage options like Amazon Glacier can take up to 4 hours to access your first byte of data.

The last 3 lines of this chart are a cost analysis of Unitrends Cloud – and specifically our Forever Cloud offering – versus Amazon AWS and Google Cloud.  These are just sample configurations but you can test your own likely charges by using our Cloud Storage Cost Calculator.

The old axiom, “You get what you pay for” isn’t always true. You could end up paying more for less if you choose a cloud storage platform that doesn’t fit your organization’s needs for long-term retention and recovery.