Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Vizioncore and VMware simplify disaster recovery

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VMware backup & recovery specialist Vizioncore of Buffalo Grove, has put together a bundle comprising its software plus VMware virtualization. Together, they will enable small and midsized businesses (SMB's) to improve their disaster recovery (DR) posture. By virtualizing their mission-critical systems, then backing them up or replicating them with Vizioncore tools, Akerberg said SMBs can get servers back online quickly without using identical hardware at a remote location or expensive network storage-based replication software.

Vizioncore's bundle is called Virtual Disaster Recovery (VDR) for SMBs and consists of VMware Infrastructure 3 Starter Edition, which includes the ESX hypervisor and one year of VMware Gold Support as well as Vizioncore's own esxEssentials. That software, in turn, consists of the following:

  • Vizioncore esxRanger Professional: enables scheduled hot backup and recovery of entire VMware virtual machine images;
  • Vizioncore esxReplicator: for real-time replication of virtual machines performed within the VMware service console; and
  • Vizioncore esxCharter: a VMware ESX real-time and historical monitoring tool.

Vizioncore's channel partners will work with SMBs to identify and virtualize their most mission-critical servers. Once the servers have been virtualized, IT administrators can use esxRanger to schedule an image-level backup of the virtual machine, which in the event of a failure or corruption can be brought up quickly on another ESX host.

For IT shops with more stringent recovery time objectives (RTOs), Vizioncore recommends using esxReplicator to make a real-time continuous copy of a virtual machine to a remote ESX host, or "destination." This ESX host doesn't necessarily have to belong to the end customer; the destination could be at the channel partners' data center.

Of course, even if you replicate, you should still use esxRanger to perform regular backups, Akerberg cautioned, so that you have a known good point to return to in the event of a data corruption. The inclusion of esxCharter in the VDR-for-SMBs bundle, meanwhile, "gives SMBs an easy-to-use diagnostic tool to see what's going on in their environment."

VDR for SMBs is available immediately from Vizioncore channel partners. With a starting price of $2,275, it represents a huge value for Vizioncore customers. Vizioncore would typically charge about $1,800 for esxEssentials on two CPUs.

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