FalconStor automates disaster recovery

By Dave Simpson

FalconStor Software today added a revamped RecoverTrac tool to its data protection arsenal, with a focus on what the company refers to as service-oriented data protection (SODP). The disaster recovery (DR) automation and recovery tool is available for free with FalconStor’s Continuous Data Protector (CDP) and Network Storage Server (NSS) software.

“Replication is not disaster recovery; DR is about recovering the data,” says Fadi Albatal, FalconStor’s vice president of marketing, noting that, with some replication tools, end users have to handle the recovery processes manually.  “Although a lot of people consider remote replication to be DR, failover is often manual and very complex,” says Albatal.

RecoverTrac, which includes FalconStor’s replication functionality, is designed to take the complexity out of disaster recovery by automating many of the DR-associated tasks. In explaining the service-oriented focus of RecoverTrac, Albatal notes that there are four “views” of the data center:

--Component view (e.g., blocks, files, LUNs, objects, transactions)

--System view (e.g., a single server supporting a single application)

--Application view (e.g., a collection of systems, servers and roles associated with an application)

--Service-level view (e.g., all applications comprising a service, with inter-dependency awareness)

“RecoverTrac builds a four-level view and users determine what view they want,” says Albatal. “The software automates a lot of the processes in the DR planning and execution phases, allows users to discover the different components that comprise a service, and then plan and define their DR processes.” Users can define recovery policies and jobs for a full site or specific services.

RecoverTrac also allows IT organizations to test their DR plan without disrupting their primary workloads. In addition, the software automates the failover (to a DR site) and failback (to the primary data center) operations.

RecoverTrac works in virtual, physical, or virtual/physical hybrid environments, and is compatible with virtualization platforms from VMware and Microsoft. The software can be used for physical-to-physical, physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual recovery.

A previous version of RecoverTrac did not provide full automation or a service-level view, according to Albatal.

More DR-related articles:

Is cloud-enabled DR ready for prime time?

User survey: Security threats and disaster recovery

eSilo tackles cloud-based backup, DR

This article was originally published on February 08, 2011