Double-Take revamps data protection software

By Kevin Komiega

-- Double-Take Software is adding boot-from-SAN and migration capabilities to its data protection repertoire as it expands beyond continuous data protection (CDP), replication and failover with a new software suite.

All of the company's products have been consolidated into a new Workload Optimization suite, which includes four products – Double-Take Back-up, Double-Take Availability and the new Double-Take Move and Double-Take Flex.

Double-Take's director of solutions engineering, Bob Roudebush, says the Double-Take Flex product was built using network boot and software-based iSCSI SAN technology acquired from Toronto-based emBoot last year.

"Flex has the ability to do two key things – boot any device from a SAN with centralized control and, if a customer doesn't have one, it can turn a standard Windows server into an iSCSI SAN," says Roudebush.

Double-Take integrated emBoot's netBoot/i and sanFly technology  into one product to make it possible for existing Ethernet NICs within desktop or servers systems to perform diskless booting from any iSCSI SAN. The software also allows multiple servers or workstations to boot from a single shared boot volume.

Double-Take is licensing Flex on a per-device basis. Pricing is $395 per server, or $95 per desktop, and requires one management server priced at $2,995.

Like the name implies, the new Double-Take Move software moves workloads between any combination of physical and virtual hardware within datacenters for hardware refreshes, or across locations for data center migrations and consolidations.

The Move software is sold as a perpetual-use migration license or on a per-migration basis.  The per-migration option costs $495 per server. Pricing for the perpetual license varies.

The company will be updating the other pieces of the Workload Optimization suite -- Double-Take Back-up and Double-Take Availability.

Double-Take Backup will combine the company's existing LiveWire and TimeData products into a single tool for continuous data protection (CDP) and replication. Double-Take Availability, which is currently named GeoCluster and provides application and server failover, will be enhanced to include support for Citrix XenServer in addition to existing support for VMware ESX Server and Microsoft Hyper-V.

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This article was originally published on April 08, 2009