Certeon debuts virtual appliance for disaster recovery

By Kevin Komiega

-- Certeon has tuned its software engine to speed backups over WANs with a new virtual appliance called aCelera Sync.

The aCelera Sync virtual appliance software, which became generally available today, is symmetrically deployed on industry standard servers at the data center, in remote offices, and at mirrored sites connected over a WAN.

The software uses a combination of techniques to accelerate applications and data across the WAN, including protocol optimization, compression, QoS, and history-based differencing, which is essentially data deduplication for the data stream.

Gareth Taube, Certeon's vice president of marketing, claims aCelera Sync can shrink backup windows by up to 97% and can reduce network bandwidth consumption by the same amount.

The aCelera Sync virtual appliance accelerates remote backup for a variety of backup and replication products, including products from EMC, CommVault, Double-Take, EqualLogic, FalconStor, Network Appliance, and Symantec.

Taube says aCelera Sync is "hypervisor agnostic," with support for VMware ESX Server, Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer.

Certeon prices its aCelera Sync software based upon link speed. The starting price for the software is $4,000 for up to T1 links.

Taube says competing WAN optimization and acceleration products, namely those from Riverbed and Cisco, require proprietary hardware appliances. He believes Certeon's software-based approach is a better fit for virtualized data centers and branch offices as users move toward cloud-based architectures.

"If cloud computing is the next paradigm shift, we must virtualize everything in order to dynamically deploy resources. As we get closer to realizing the vision of cloud computing, virtualization is essential," says Taube.

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This article was originally published on August 24, 2009