CDP: You've come a long way, baby Featured
In his review of CDP then and now in Storage Magazine this month, W. Curtis Preston writes that CDP then was kind of like Star Trek: a great idea too far ahead of its time. The article, “Continuous data protection; it's back!”, details the industry’s first pass at CDP. Dominated by start-ups and unproven technologies, the CDP field of old left enterprises unimpressed.
Oh, how times do change.
Looking for a DR solution for you VMware environments? I can comfortably say that VMware has developed one of the best DR automation tools I’ve ever seen. It’s intuitive, comprehensive, and allows you to execute DR plans efficiently, and DR tests and rehearsals with no disruption to your production environment. vCenter Site Recovery Manager - we’ll use the abbreviation SRM for this post, not to be confused with Storage Resource Management – leverages the storage infrastructure to replicate data between the primary and DR sites. This integration allows for a full execution of DR processes and a seamless operational failover. In the labs you’ll learn how to set up you SRM environment, execute a DR test, trouble shoot and resolve issues that you may encounter. How to find them? Here they are: ALT3001, LAB11, and LAB12. You can also see the schedule at FalconStor @ VMworld 2010 website.
Ok here we are in beautiful San Fran for four days of virtualization frenzy, from virtual servers to virtual desktops, to virtual networks to virtual storage to virtual roads to actual clouds! it’s all things virtual week! Apparently except for the clouds, well after all we are in San Francisco.
VMware has delivered a virtualization option to businesses that might otherwise have missed out on the move away from physical data storage. These companies – small and large, in a wide range of industries – have benefited from the many advantages of virtualized environments. However, as these data centers mature, they are quickly realizing that they are ill-equipped for effective data backup and recovery. For continuous data protection and recoverability, third-party tools are essential.
And there are plenty of vendors eager to provide those tools. Of course, not all solutions are created equal, so how should VMware shops go about selecting data protection and DR technology? First, they should think about their work environments, their resources, and their ultimate goals.
In my previous post, I addressed how we can mitigate the impact of I/O storms on storage performance and the overall VDI end user experience. Today we are going to focus on how FalconStor solutions for VMware View can improve the data protection and recovery experience of IT administrators and end users. Through consolidation, VDIs have tremendously improved data protection of end user environments already: now all your system and user data resides in the datacenter on SAN or NAS infrastructure, which by itself prevents any data loss due to a laptop left on the train or a disk crashing (not that this ever happens, right!). This consolidation opens the way for great innovation when it comes to data protection and recovery processes and extends business continuity plans more effectively and in a scalable manner to desktop environments, which have always been a sore spot in business continuity planning.
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