By Kevin Komiega
-- NetEx is taking its software from the wide area network (WAN) into the cloud with the debut of HyperIP for Cloud Data Transport acceleration, a new version of its WAN acceleration product built to overcome bandwidth limitations related to replicating and recovering data from cloud storage repositories.
The HyperIP technology accelerates and optimizes replication and file transfer applications by aggregating multiple data replication applications over a shared connection and alleviating the network latency and disruption issues that come with long-distance TCP data transmissions.
HyperIP for Cloud supports data transfers at up to 800Mbps. The product is optimized for a range of data management applications, including backup, remote replication and business continuity and disaster recovery, according to Robert MacIntyre, vice president of business development and marketing at NetEx.
The product includes a feature called Recovery on Demand, which opens up "virtually unlimited" bandwidth to speed data recovery operations from the cloud in the event of a disaster.
NetEx is offering HyperIP for Cloud in two flavors, a plug-and-play hardware appliance and as Virtual HyperIP for VMware, a software-only product for VMware environments.
HyperIP appliances and virtual appliances are sold in a variety of configurations, based upon bandwidth required, with data rates ranging from 1Mbps up to 800Mbps. As part of the Recovery on Demand feature, if a HyperIP for Cloud user experiences a major failure, NetEx will provide the customer with a free software key with unlimited bandwidth for 10 days. MacIntyre says the user can then run HyperIP-accelerated data recovery operations at up to 800Mbps with no additional license fees.
MacIntyre says back-end connectivity is a key component to cloud computing infrastructures.
"The back-end data center to data center connections typically go over the WAN in support of business continuity and disaster recovery. That's where we fit in and can help enable the cloud going forward," says MacIntyre.
He says applying HyperIP to virtualized/cloud environments helps mitigate data loss, latency, network congestion and other obstacles facing cloud providers.
"These are the issues that are going to impact cloud computing. Moving data and getting data back are critical," says MacIntyre. "If data is not where it needs to be at the right time, the cloud is nothing."