FalconStor Revamps RecoverTrac for Push-Button Ease

Posted on August 21, 2012 By Pedro Hernandez

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When it comes to data recovery, organizations are caught in a world of outsized expectations, says Ralph Wynn, senior product marketing manager for FalconStor. His company has observed that "recovery time objectives are shrinking," mainly because they can't afford the hit not only to productivity, but also the bottom line.

In short, adds Wynn, businesses "can't sustain multiple days or hours of downtime." So today, FalconStor is setting out to "change the way they think about recovery and change the economics of recovery" with the company's new RecoverTrac 2.5 software.

RecoverTrac 2.5 debuts with new features that speed recovery times, automate management and, in what is perhaps the most critical part of any data backup and recovery setup, ease testing. It's all part of the company's goal to fully automate the recovery of any and all IT services quickly and regardless of which vendor's logos adorn the systems and software used in customers’ data centers, according to the company.

The updated software now offers the ability to recover "multiple machines in minutes," said Wynn. "Not one at a time, but in parallel," he explained. As a result, organizations can get up and running faster in the wake of a disaster since administrators can have interdependent systems come back online at or around the same time.

The storage software maker is on a performance kick of late. In April, the company launched FalconStor VTL 7.5, its virtual tape library platform, with several new speed enhancing features.

Also new to RecoverTrac is tighter integration with VMware environments. The software now supports vSphere 5 and VMware clustering, extending load balancing and high-availability features to the backup and recovery platform.

Along the same vein is improved support for both VMware and Microsoft's Hyper-V platforms, which "allow customers to capture the DNA of the machine and move that to a virtual machine," enabling a wider array of failback and recovery scenarios, said Wynn.

With deeper hooks into these virtual environments, RecoverTrac adds flexibility to disaster recovery planning, physical-to-virtual (P2V and vice versa), virtual-to-virtual (V2V) and recovery to dissimilar hardware in addition to the old physical-to-physical (P2P) standby.

Finally, FalconStor reasons that all of the planning in the world won't matter if a data recovery platform doesn't act like it's supposed to when it's pressed into duty. So the company has added automated push-button DR rehearsal, a non-disruptive feature that allows administrators to test and fine tune their recovery processes without affecting production systems.

FalconStor RecoverTrac 2.5 is available now as a free upgrade for current FalconStor CDP and FalconStor NSS license holders.

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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