SunGard Announces Virtual Server Replication Services

Disaster-recovery product designed for companies running in virtualized environments

As part of its new partnership with VMware, SunGard this week introduced its Virtual Server Replication Services, a disaster-recovery product for companies that use virtualization technology.

Virtual Server Replication Services lets a company replicate its entire VM infrastructure to be stored by SunGard in a dormant state. In the event of a failover, SunGard moves the stored file to "production mode" in one of its data centers.

Then, according to the company press release, "the customer can then use its applications on a SunGard-provided virtualized IT infrastructure ... to run its production system."

Once the company's IT environment has been restored and ready to resume operations, SunGard will manage the replication back to the original source. Through this process, SunGard said, companies who use Virtual Server Replication Services can expect recovery time to clock in at under six hours.

"The Achilles heel of most virtualized IT environments is that they rely on a single datacenter to facilitate system failover should an event occur," said Bob Parker, director of AdvancedRecovery product management at SunGard Availability Services, in a prepared statement. "A recovery strategy with no off-site data may mean, quite possibly, no recovery. Virtual Server Replication Services provides organizations an affordable way to have access to a secondary data center for protection of physical and virtual IT environments."

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