SteelEye Launches Business Continuity Platform for Windows Server

SteelEye Protection Suite integrates high availability and data replication to ensure high level of availability for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

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SteelEye, a business continuity and disaster recovery solutions provider for multi-vendor IT infrastructures, has begun shipping version 7 of SteelEye Protection Suite (SPS) for Windows Server, the latest edition of the industry’s first combined high-availability and disaster-recovery solution for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. Integrating data replication and high-availability clustering software from SteelEye DataKeeper and LifeKeeper solutions, the new product suite delivers a high level of protection for mission-critical applications including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, SharePoint, Oracle, and others.

SPS for Windows Server provides continuous, real-time synchronous and asynchronous data replication and high-availability clustering to eliminate single points of failure and protect against traditional hardware failures, disaster scenarios, and planned maintenance outages. Offering support for a wide range of server and storage configurations, SPS for Windows Server provides a cost-effective, reliable, automated disaster-recovery environment that is easy to install, configure, and manage. Featuring built-in WAN optimization with nine compression levels, SPS for Windows Server helps organizations efficiently use available bandwidth by providing maximum throughput for both LAN and WAN replication.

“Business continuity planning remains a top priority for enterprises to avoid potentially devastating economic consequences of IT downtime,” said Bob Williamson, executive vice president of product management for SteelEye. “To help organizations address these challenges, SPS for Windows Server provides a flexible, application-centric approach to protect organizations’ business critical applications and systems without weighing down existing IT resources or staff.”

A complete business continuity package, SPS for Windows Server enables SMBs and enterprises to manage disaster recovery protection by delivering the following features:

  • Flexible configuration: Provides the highest levels of flexibility in configurations by supporting mixed physical and virtual server clusters with heterogeneous server configurations, in addition to mixed shared storage and data replication clusters.

  • Real-time, block-level data protection: Delivers complete data protection across disparate storage arrays with multiple-targets within a LAN or WAN to protect against data loss in the event of local or regional disasters.

  • CDP: Any point-in-time rewind enables application recovery from data loss or corruption by rewinding data to the point-in-time prior to the corruption event, providing a recovery point objective (RPO) within mere seconds.

  • Automatic failover: Eliminates single points of failure and maintains geographically dispersed clusters and hybrid high-availability/disaster recovery configurations, enabling automatic recovery of the protected application in the event of an application failure or other disaster.

  • Synchronous and asynchronous replication: Ensures servers are in full-synch at all times, eliminating issues with in-use files, locked files, NTFS permissions, and missing files, resulting in greater application performance and minimizing burden on system resources.

  • Controlled switchover: Reduces planned downtime associated with hardware updated, application updates and OS updates with cascading failover using replication to one or more target servers to enable a controlled switchover in the event of a manual recovery.

  • Complete application protection: In addition to the pre-packaged application support, SteelEye provides LifeKeeper Extender, which allows users, OEMs and ISVs to build their own application recovery kits to protect any application.

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