Axxana debuts DR box for EMC RecoverPoint

By Kevin Komiega

-- Disaster recovery startup Axxana this week announced availability of the aptly-named Phoenix post-disaster application recovery system. The initial version is designed to work with EMC's RecoverPoint replication technology.

The Phoenix system is based on Axxana's Enterprise Data Recording (EDR) technology and essentially creates a data center equivalent of a flight data recorder. Axxana's CEO, Eli Efrat, says the system blends "the full data-recovery advantages of synchronous data replication with the distance and cost advantages of asynchronous data replication."

"Instead of spending millions of dollars in [building] nearby data centers, customers can consolidate a DR site on our system," says Efrat. "Today, you're either going to lose data through asynchronous replication or you pay for distance. Either way you are going to pay. With the Phoenix System you are going to eliminate services that you don't need."

Axxana is working with a number of storage vendors beyond EMC to bring additional replication technologies into the fold. Efrat, however, declined to name names, but did say more details would follow in "a few weeks."

David Vellante, co-founder and contributor to The Wikibon Project, says "Axxana's integration with RecoverPoint means EMC customers can do economically what previously only the largest data centers, particularly those in the financial services sector, could do with mainframe-class technology – that is, provide a near zero data loss solution. Previously, this required very expensive, high-end storage, many copies of data, and often a third data center."

In a research note about Axxana's launch, Vellante puts the Phoenix System in its own category for DR.

"We feel this creates a new market for being able to recover from a disaster without data loss," says Vellante. "This announcement, and other deals that will follow, increases the market potential by three-to-four times for zero data loss solutions by extending distance and lowering costs."

The Phoenix System connects to a storage array directly, through a switch, or through a replication appliance. It is built to withstand extreme conditions including fires, floods or power outages that down a data center, as well as regional, widespread disasters such as earthquakes, weather hazards and terror attacks.

Phoenix System specifications:

System Connectivity

-- 2Gbps protected Fibre Channel port
-- CDMA/GSM 3G protected transmitter
-- 3 redundant, protected cellular antennas
-- 100Mbps protected Ethernet port that enables post disaster data extraction to a laptop
-- Protected batteries which enable 6 hours of data transmission using cellular network

System Survivability

-- Up to 2000¼ degrees Fahrenheit for an hour, followed by 482¼ degrees Fahrenheit for 6 hours
-- 40 G shock
-- 5000 lb. of weight
-- 30 feet water of pressure
-- Pierce force of 500 lb. rod dropped from a height of 10 feet

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This article was originally published on May 01, 2009