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August 30, 2009

Neverfail launches vAppHA for VMware vSphere 4

To provide application-aware protection against outages caused by Tier-1 application failures

By CBR Staff Writer

Neverfail has launched vAppHA, a new product that integrates with the VMware vSphere components, to provide protection against application outages. It monitors and analyses the health and state of Tier-1 applications running within the virtual machines.

The company said that vAppHA detects availability or performance issues with applications, such as Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server databases and uses the VMware vSphere 4 APIs to restart the virtual machine or migrate it to a different host using VMware VMotion.

According to Neverfail, the vAppHA integrates with VMware HA and VMware VMotion to protect businesses against the impact of application-level and host-level failures. It automatically works with VMware vSphere 4 to switch application services over to other servers to avoid application downtime when an application failure or outage is detected.

Neverfail said that the new product detects and remediates issues at the application eco-system level by leveraging its existing set of application plug-ins. In the integrated offering, VMware vSphere 4 provides protection from infrastructure failures with the company extending the benefits of VMware’s technologies to protect against application failures.

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Availability rules and policies for Tier-1 Microsoft applications, such as Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint, and RIM’s BlackBerry infrastructure, come pre-configured, eliminating the need for manual configuration.

Andrew Barnes, senior vice president of corporate development at Neverfail, said:Organisations making significant investments in VMware vSphere 4 are looking for assurance that Tier-1 applications will be continuously available. Application issues are a major cause of business interruption so vAppHA integrates Neverfail’s unique application-aware approach with VMware vSphere 4 infrastructure availability tools. By detecting application failures and working with VMware VMotion to rectify the situation, business disruption is avoided long before recovery is required.”

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