Virtualisation specialist Racemi Inc has adapted the technology for software that will automatically provision server images across dissimilar hardware and virtual systems, to create an inexpensive option for high-availability disaster recovery.
The vendor’s DynaCenter software has to be primed using a series of templates before it is able to virtualise server images, the surrounding network and storage infrastructure. It will then automatically deploy them to available servers, as needed.
For business continuity purposes, the vendor said that production images can be redeployed as needed, any time and anywhere simply by replicating an image library held by the system to a recovery site.
Because a specific production server does not need a dedicated recovery server, it also means disaster recovery assets can be better optimised making the cost of high availability less prohibitive.
Racemi claims its DynaCenter-DR system will provide mass server recovery and allow a single disaster recovery site to provide recovery for multiple primary sites. Equally, multiple peer sites can be set up to provide recovery for each other.
The company claims to be one of the first image-based provisioning companies to have developed a system capable of moving entire business systems within a single snapshot, and one that takes in everything including the operating system, applications, network and storage configurations.
Disaster recovery is one of three application areas currently being used to reposition the business system portability company in the market. As well as DynaCenter-DR, there are toolsets for data centre consolidation and data centre automation scenarios.
The company has also announced a version of the software specifically built for OEMs. VP of sales, Lawrence Guillory explained the image-based provisioning and management system had been “carefully designed to integrate into other software applications and hardware”. It already has arrangenents with BMC Software and Emtec.
The DynaCenter system can handle system images running in AIX, Solaris (Sparc and x86), Windows, Linux and Vmware.
Racemi has been developing virtualisation and blade technology since September 2000, although it divested its RACE5 ultra-dense blade server technology to iXsystems several years ago.
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