Illuminator monitors data protection

By Kevin Komiega

—Illuminator Inc. has unveiled its first product in the enterprise recovery management market with the launch of the Virtual Recovery Engine, a software tool that continuously monitors data-protection processes across replication, snapshots, and backup technologies to ensure applications, databases, and file systems can be recovered according to an organization's recovery objectives.

The Virtual Recovery Engine analyzes information from the application, database, system, storage, and backup domains and builds a repository of all available recovery points. The software uses real-time correlation to evaluate the data-protection process against potential exposures and automatically highlights recoverability risks in the application context enabling storage managers to take appropriate action.

Yishay Yovel, Illuminator's vice president of marketing and product management, claims that the Virtual Recovery Engine goes a step beyond existing backup reporting technologies in providing visibility into the data-protection process and reduces the risk of failures in the recovery process.

"The smallest detail can derail an organization's ability to recover information," says Yovel, "and our software makes sure the recovery objectives and infrastructure are aligned to guarantee the expected level of recovery."

Yovel says there are several tools on the market designed for backup reporting and others that manage the replication process, but they are stand-alone tools that often provide fragmented views of a given environment.

"Products from vendors such as Symantec, WysDM, and Bocada are focused on backups and do a very good job, but you have to take into account application awareness," says Yovel.

The Virtual Recovery Engine supports Windows, Linux, and Unix, and storage platforms from vendors such as EMC and Network Appliance. Pricing starts at $50,000 and is based on the number of managed servers, applications, and storage frames. The software is also available under a subscription pricing model.

This article was originally published on February 20, 2007