PHOTO - Suresh Nair, GM & VP of sales and marketing, FalconStor Software APAC.
A new version of automated disaster recovery tools has been announced in Malaysia, which includes new enhancements to help IT managers cope with rising complexity of IT in the age of cloud, according to the disk-based data protection provider FalconStor.
Speaking on 28 August 2012, FalconStor APAC general manager and vice president Suresh Nair said the latest version of RecoverTrac technology gave customers a fully automated recovery of complete IT services in any data centre environment.
"The rapidly rising demand for cloud computing, virtualisation and big data have added new levels of complexity to IT infrastructures; these trends require organisations to rethink how they plan, test and execute DR [disaster recovery] strategies to meet high service level expectations," said Nair.
"The RecoverTrac 2.5 tool provides a single central management platform for IT administrators to define all recovery tasks, fully automate time-consuming manual processes, and initiate automatic, one-click DR testing without disrupting data centre operations. RecoverTrac 2.5 technology recovers multiple servers and applications simultaneously, performing failover/failback between any combination of physical and virtual machines - dramatically eliminating the complexities of DR and reducing reliance on personnel."
He said that IT managers needed to manage and protect mixed environments comprised of physical and virtual assets and equipment from multiple vendors. "The RecoverTrac 2.5 technology is optimised for today's heterogeneous data centres with enhancements that increase the speed and flexibility of DR automation."
"These enhancements include lightning fast recovery, as organisations can now recover multiple machines simultaneously and return to full productivity in minutes," said Nair. "In addition, any-to-any recovery is available with integration with VMware and Hyper-V and support for hardware templates that enables failover and failback between any combination of physical and virtual servers and between dissimilar hardware."
Single button DR testing
Nair said that the new version also provided improved support for VMware vSphere 5 and VMware cluster [a collection of hosts that can be managed as a single entity] that helps load balancing and high availability configurations. "There is also an automated push-button DR rehearsal, which allows busy IT managers to test and refine recovery processes on a regular basis without disrupting business operations."
"IT resilience and data protection are key elements to a company's success," said analyst firm Gartner's research vice president, John Morency. "Businesses must be able to recover quickly following a disruptive event, whether it is a lost file or the failure of a complex application or service. In failing to execute well tested disaster recovery, companies face the prospect of significant downtime, diminished employee productivity and lost revenue. Failover/failback automation ensures that IT managers can deploy and test DR processes far more efficiently and effectively - resulting in a significant reduction of the business impact of planned downtime."
FalconStor RecoverTrac is available immediately as a standard feature of FalconStor CDP and FalconStor NSS.
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