SteelEye Supports Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity for Windows Server 2008 R2

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SteelEye's DataKeeper solution targets new Windows Server platform

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We needed an easy to implement, easy to maintain solution for providing higher protection for our data and critical systems, and we needed it to be cost effective. We needed our servers to replicate and be able to 'hold their own' on a standalone basis, so that if one failed the other could take over. SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition does this for us.

SteelEye Technology, Inc. (steeleye.com), a leading provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for multi-vendor IT infrastructures, today announced SteelEye DataKeeper support for Windows Server 2008 R2, including support for multi-site clusters of Hyper-V, SQL Server, File/Print, DHCP and all other Microsoft cluster resource types.

DataKeeper, a highly optimized data replication solution for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, is available in two versions. The first delivers data replication services as an extension to Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008, while a second version of DataKeeper Cluster Edition further extends the capabilities of Microsoft Cluster Services and Windows Server Failover Clustering. Both editions support real-time replication of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines between physical servers across either LAN or WAN connections.

"Windows Server 2008 R2 with support for Live Migration of Hyper-V virtual machines across data centers is a best-of-breed solution that is unrivaled in the market today," said David Bermingham, director of product management, SteelEye Technology. "The first time our customers see that they are able to live migrate a Hyper-V virtual machine to a remote data center, they are blown away. Moving virtual machines between servers in the same data center has become commonplace. However, by deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition, we have removed the physical barrier, enabling customers to migrate Hyper-V virtual machines between data centers as easily as they can migrate virtual machines between servers."

By keeping a running Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtual machine synchronized with a standby VM in an alternate location, DataKeeper enables disaster recovery without the data loss typically associated with traditional backup and restore technology. Real-time continuous replication of active Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VMs ensures that in the event of a disaster, the standby server can be activated with minimal to no data loss.

DataKeeper Cluster Edition allows administrators to build "shared-nothing" and geographically dispersed Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V clusters. By eliminating the requirement for shared storage, the administrator can protect against both planned and unplanned downtime for servers and storage. The use of DataKeeper with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VMs allows for non-disruptive disaster recovery testing. By simply accessing the replicated VMs in the disaster recovery site, the administrator can segment a virtual network separate from the production network and start the replicated VMs for disaster recovery testing. An administrator can perform complete disaster recovery testing without impacting the production site.

In addition to support for Hyper-V clusters, SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition enables multi-site clusters for all other Microsoft cluster resource types such as SQL Server, Exchange, File/Print and DHCP. SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition reduces the cost of deploying clusters by eliminating the need for a SAN and increases the availability of the application by eliminating the single point of a failure that the SAN represents in a traditional cluster.

Visucate, a California-based academic value-added reseller of the Autodesk design software, selected SteelEye's disaster recovery and business continuity solutions for its Hyper-V set-up.

"Knowing that data loss is one of the bigger causes for small businesses to fail, we had to do something about protecting our data," said Visucate's Chief Technical Officer Jeremy Null. "We needed an easy to implement, easy to maintain solution for providing higher protection for our data and critical systems, and we needed it to be cost effective. We needed our servers to replicate and be able to 'hold their own' on a standalone basis, so that if one failed the other could take over. SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition does this for us."

Additional information about SteelEye DataKeeper:

  •     No limitations on hardware configurations or replication distance
  •     No requirement for a dedicated replication channel
  •     Delivers asynchronous/synchronous replication, non-disruptive disaster recovery testing, network throttling and data compression
  •     Compatible with the following versions of Windows Server:

         •    32-bit/64-bit Windows Server 2003 Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter, 32-bit/64-bit Windows Server 2003 R2
         •    Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter, 32-bit/64-bit Windows Server 2008
         •    Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter, 32-bit/64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2
         •    Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter

  •     Allows for testing of patches on replicated VMs before applying to production servers
  •     Licensed to a physical machine running Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V. In general, pricing is per server and unlimited use.

SteelEye DataKeeper support for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available to customers, coinciding with the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 in mid-October.

About SteelEye Technology, Inc.:
SteelEye is the leading provider of data and application availability management solutions for business continuity and disaster recovery for Windows, Linux and virtual platforms.

The SteelEye family of data replication, application protection, high-availability clustering and disaster recovery solutions are priced and architected to enable enterprises of all sizes to ensure continuous availability of business-critical applications, servers and data.

To complement its software solutions, SteelEye also provides a full range of high-availability consulting and professional services to assist organizations with the assessment, design and implementation of solutions for ensuring high availability within their environments.

For more information about SteelEye, please visit steeleye.com.

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