By Dave Simpson
-- The 5.1 release of InMage Systems' Scout disaster recovery (DR) software includes a number of features designed primarily for large end-user sites (hundreds or thousands of servers), as well as managed service providers (MSPs) and cloud services providers.
For example, InMage added multi-tenancy enhancements in the new RX Enterprise Dashboard to provide centralized management and reporting in large environments that may span geographic locations, and additional features such as policy definitions and policy enforcements.
InMage also increased scalability via an architectural change that allows administrators to separate the software's I/O processing and control engines in order to increase performance in large environments. The two engines can be deployed on different hardware platforms. Previously, both engines ran on the same server.
Scout 5.1 also adds remote management via "push" installation and maintenance, a feature that may be particularly appealing to MSPs because they don't have to send personnel to customer sites, according to Eric Burgener, InMage's senior vice president of marketing.
In addition, Scout now supports 64-bit Sun Solaris on x86 or SPARC servers (in addition to existing support for Windows and Linux.).
Separately, InMage inked an OEM agreement with Hitachi Data Systems under which HDS will co-brand and integrate Scout technology into forthcoming products. (The two companies have had a reseller partnership for approximately a year.)
The Scout local/remote DR software includes a number of applications, including window-less backup, automated application failover/failback recovery, continuous data protection (CDP) for granular recovery, heterogeneous asynchronous replication, and WAN optimization.
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