HDS Updates Its Dynamic Replicator Software

Posted on July 28, 2011 By Stuart Johnston

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Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced Thursday it has upgraded its Hitachi Dynamic Replicator (HDR) data protection and replication software suite to aid enterprise customers in meeting recovery time and recovery point objectives -- both locally and remotely -- for data and applications.

Further, HDR provides those capabilities in virtual and physical environments for applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL Server, as well as Oracle and VMware, according to a statement from HDS (NYSE: HIT).

"Large enterprises are dealing with rapid data growth that requires simplified and cost-effective data protection and replication solutions for disaster planning and operational recovery in physical and virtual environments," Sean Moser, vice president of storage software product management at HDS, said in the statement.

HDR, which is based on technology from InMage Systems, helps customers meet demand objectives by constantly capturing data and replicating it as it changes in near real time while functioning transparent of file systems, applications and networks.

"[HDR] collects changes from one or more servers continuously and sends them to a local target called the Dynamic Replicator server, allows very large data sets and applications to be protected, and requires very little network bandwidth," HDS said.

The latest updates to HDR include support for enterprise-class clustering environments, such as Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), AIX 6.1, Linux and Solaris.

Additionally, HDR provides PureSplit continuous data protection (CDP) technology that enables data to be split transparently for replication on all major enterprise platforms. The system also now scales to hundreds of servers, HDS said.

Meanwhile, enhanced recovery wizards for Oracle RAC CDP aim to simplify system management, while it is also compatible with hybrid fabric and host architectures, such as Brocade, Cisco, and QLogic.

Finally, the new release of HDR is designed to provide a single CDP and replication product for both midsize businesses and enterprises.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

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