16.Feb.2012 VirtualSharp Reliable DR

Recently, I attended a presentation of VirtualSharp about Disaster Recovery. I was quite sceptical about the usage, but I must say, they have thought their product well through.

VirtualSharp Software, a VMware Technology Alliance Partner, has pioneered the concept of Disaster Recovery Assurance. DR Assurance leverages the synergies between the virtualization layer and advanced storage arrays, which enables disaster recovery runbooks to be fully automated, such that they run without any human intervention and without impacting production systems. Essentially, DR Assurance enables the automated enforcement of RPOs and the continuous measurement and compliance of RTOs.

ReliableDR is VirtualSharp’s flagship Disaster Recovery Assurance solution which enables DR planners to replace outdated or less than effective legacy DR processes with fully automated DR testing and in the event of a disaster, the ability to failover applications and IT Services at the push of a button. Unlike legacy DR tests, which are typically performed once per year, or at best quarterly, ReliableDR enables DR tests to be fully automated and performed on a daily, or even hourly basis. Exit recovery point objectives, enter certified recovery points.

Features & Benefits

IT Service Oriented

  • Designed from the ground up to protect complex, multi-tier applications and their interdependencies
  • Enables IT Service RPO and RTO SLAs to be set by policy, measuring and enforcing compliance
  • Reports SLA compliance deviations automatically via web dashboard, email or SNMP alerts

Fully Automated

  • Enables continuous, non-disruptive DR testing (hourly, daily, weekly)
  • Enables server, application and IT Service failover at the push of a button
  • No software agents are required in the production environment

Application-Aware

  • Snapshots can be taken after quiescing applications to guarantee that applications are fully recoverable
  • Out-of-the-Box DR testing for Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, IIS, Oracle, Apache, MySQL etc.

Flexible

  • Supports mixed physical and virtual environments
  • Scales from small IT environments to large datacenters
  • Provides the freedom of choice to use SAN or host based replication
  • Supports all Microsoft and Linux x86 based business applications

Designed from the ground up for virtual datacenters, ReliableDR has a modular, extensible plug-in architecture and currently supports VMware ESX 3.5, 4.0, 4.1 or 5.0 (All editions), VMware ESXi 3.5, 4.0, 4.1 or 5.0 with vCenter Server Agent (All editions), VMware VirtualCenter 2.5, vCenter Server 4.0, 4.1 or 5.0, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V (Coming), as well as the majority of mid-range and enterprise class storage platforms from EMC, NetApp, HP, IBM, HDS, Dell, DataCore, FalconStor and so on.

About VirtualSharp Software

VirtualSharp Software was founded in 2010 to address the new disaster recovery needs for the cloud era. VirtualSharp develops next-generation Disaster Recovery software for private and public clouds that continuously and automatically certifies the recoverability of services running in the cloud. VirtualSharp’s software enables unparalleled levels of resiliency for virtual IT infrastructures and full alignment between IT Disaster Recovery and Corporate Business Continuity Planning.

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