Events company gets VirtualSharp disaster recovery testing

Storage roundup: Events firm chooses VirtualSharp for application-aware DR testing; Virtual Instruments CEO joins Microsoft board; Qsan launches SMB iSCSI SAN; and more news.

Events firm gets VirtualSharp disaster recovery testing

London-based company W&O Events Management has implemented VirtualSharp Software’s ReliableDR product, which allows it to carry out fully automated disaster recovery testing of its virtual server environment.

W&O Events Management’s IT director, Chris Costin, and his team were aware of the potential impact of downtime to the business in the case of a disaster recovery event. To minimise this risk, the firm invested in dual data centres and two Dell Compellent SANs, with snapshots replicated from the primary data centre to the SAN at the secondary data centre.

Costin’s team looked at a variety of disaster recovery options, including VMware Site Recovery Manager, which it rejected because of cost and because it is not able to perform application-aware disaster recovery testing. VirtualSharp ReliableDR was eventually chosen.

Costin said, “Since installing ReliableDR, we have been confident that should a disaster strike, we would know exactly how long it would take to fully recover our business-critical applications, whatever the scenario. Many organisations do not perform disaster recovery tests because they place a significant burden on IT resources, but thanks to VirtualSharp, we now carry out tests daily without straining our infrastructure.”

Virtual Instruments CEO joins Microsoft board

John W. Thompson, chief executive officer of privately held SAN monitoring product vendor Virtual Instruments, has joined Microsoft’s board of directors. “John has extraordinary technology and business expertise, and we are delighted that he is joining Microsoft’s board of directors,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman. Thompson was previously chairman and CEO of Symantec.

Qsan launches SMB iSCSI SAN

Taiwanese RAID system and controller vendor Qsan Technology has launched the P110V04, a four-bay single-unit iSCSI disk array. The device has been designed for small offices or workgroups and aims to be a cost-efficient solution for virtualised environments.  The Qsan P110V04 has a capacity of up to 12 TB of data. It offers RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 6 and 10; snapshots; and volume clone capability. Qsan has also announced a channel agreement with Harrogate-based CCI Distribution.

Storage Fusion launches consultant product

Storage analytics service provider Storage Fusion has announced the availability of Storage Resource Analysis Consultant Edition (SRA CE), a fully automated storage assessment SaaS solution for IT sales professionals. The SRA Consultant Edition generates reports designed for storage consultants that analyse the storage estate of a prospective customer based on metrics from the hardware.

Xsigo launches Performance Manager

Xsigo Systems has announced the Xsigo Performance Manager, a plug-in for the Xsigo XMS Management Interface. The product allows administrators to monitor I/O traffic across all attached resources, including virtualised and standalone servers, storage, and network components. This gives data centre and virtualisation administrators a detailed view of the environment and allows them to address issues before they impact users.

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