VMworld storage product highlights: Round 2

By Dave Simpson

There was no shortage of storage product announcements at this week’s VMworld conference in San Francisco.  Here’s a quick recap of product introductions in the areas of data protection, backup and recovery, business continuity and disaster recovery.

Syncsort and NetApp teamed up to introduce NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup, which combines Syncsort’s BEX backup management software, NetApp Snapshot and Protection Pack, clone and replication technology, and NetApp’s FAS2040 storage systems. Features include near-zero-impact backup for VMs; application-aware snapshot-based backups; instant VM recovery; bare metal recovery; and disaster recovery. The companies claim 99% backup and recovery success rates and an 80%+ reduction in backup footprints.

Veeam previewed some new features in the upcoming Version 5.0 release of its flagship Veeam Backup & Replication software. The company’s Veeam vPower technology provides the ability to run VMs from backups, which enables new features such as Instant VM Recovery, SureBackup Recovery Verification, and Universal Application-Item Recovery (U-AIR).

Instant VM Recovery allows users to start up VMs directly from backup files and provides a “temporary spare” for production machines. The company claims that Instant VM Recovery only requires a few minutes of downtime, vs. hours for a full restore.

Veeam’s SureBackup Recovery Verification verifies the recoverability of every backup (including VMs and restore points). And U-AIR enables administrators to recover individual objects, or items, from any virtualized applications, vs. doing full restores.

FalconStor Software showcased its recently introduced NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View, as well as its Continuous Data Protector (CDP) for DR software. SAN Accelerator for VMware View leverages solid-state disk (SSD) drives to improve performance in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) environments. 

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Arkeia Software announced availability of Arkeia Network Backup Agent for VMware’s vSphere 4.1. The agent uses VMware’s vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP), and supports VMware’s Changed Block Tracking (CBT) for fast incremental backups.

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Neverfail announced that VMware has extended its existing OEM licensing agreement that enables integration of Neverfail’s continuous availability technology and application management framework into VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat.

Neverfail also introduced an updated version of its vAppHA software. vAppHA continuously monitors and analyzes the health and state of tier-1 Microsoft  applications running in VMs, and leverages the VMware vSphere APIs to restart applications or VMs. vAppHA integrates with VMware vSphere 4.1, VMware HA and vMotion, and leverages VMware’s Application Monitoring API.

QuorumLabs (which was spun out of Themis Computer in 2008) introduced the 2.2 version of its onQ Business Continuity Appliance with one-click instant recovery for up to 25 physical and virtual servers per appliance. The onQ appliances include technologies such as data replication, deduplication, snapshots, and virtualization. Pricing starts at $15,000 for a pair of replicating appliances.

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Acronis launched an online (cloud storage) version of its Acronis Backup & Recovery platform. The online version enables recovery of individual files or whole system images, and protects data via AES-256 encryption and user authentication. Pricing ranges from $49 for a workstation version (250GB) to $499 for a server version (1TB) and $1,199 for a virtual machines version (2TB).

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This article was originally published on September 02, 2010