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SteelEye Technology Announces Protection Suite for VMware Infrastructure
SteelEye Technology Inc. today announced the expansion of its product set with the immediate availability of SteelEye Protection Suite for VMware Infrastructure 3, built on breakthrough technology which supports clustering together physical and virtual servers for high availability, continuous data protection and disaster recovery.
For companies who are using VMware Infrastructure 3 to take advantage of the significant cost and management benefits offered by server consolidation, ensuring availability of the virtualization environment is critical.   With a complete solution to protect all components of VMware Infrastructure 3, the SteelEye Protection Suite complements the high availability technologies built into VMware Infrastructure 3 with VMware HA and VMware Consolidated Backup by delivering advanced data replication and high availability clustering technologies to monitor and automatically recover any piece of the VMware Infrastructure 3 environment.
“As companies migrate business-critical applications from physical environments into virtual environments (P to V) to take advantage of server consolidation, ensuring the availability of applications residing within those virtual servers is critical," said Jean S. Bozman, Vice President in IDC's Enterprise Computing group. "With its support for VMware Virtual Infrastructure virtualized environments, SteelEye’s extension of these clustering capabilities into virtual environment protection is a logical next step that preserves a common model for protecting applications in both the P and V environments.”  
SteelEye delivers several distinct data and application management functions, all integrated into a single solution for simple deployment.  
While VMware HA protects virtual machines from hardware failure, SteelEye LifeKeeper provides protection against OS and application failures within the virtual machine. Running within either Linux or Windows guest OSes, LifeKeeper monitor applications and all of their dependencies including file systems, device drivers, IP addresses and data connections to ensure that any failure is automatically detected and recovered.   Recovery can include restarting the application within the same virtual machine, migrating the application to a virtual machine on the same server, migrating it to a virtual machine on a different server or performing failover to a physical server.
Running within the VMware console OS layer, LifeKeeper can directly manage the availability of ESX Server virtual machines.  While other solutions provide for migration of virtual machines or monitoring of a small set of potential failure conditions, LifeKeeper monitors the entire virtual machine environment and can perform both administrator-initiated stop/resume of ESX Server virtual machines and fully automated LifeKeeper-initiated recovery, based on user-defined policies, to a paired physical server.
From within the guest OS, SteelEye Data Replication performs real-time continuous data protection across either a LAN (synchronous) or WAN (asynchronous) to remove the need for shared storage in any ESX Server clustered deployment and allow the building of remote disaster recovery configurations for the VMware-based applications.
The Protection Suite also delivers the industry’s first solution for clustering VirtualCenter Management Server.  Monitoring VirtualCenter and the underlying database to ensure their complete availability, LifeKeeper detects any problems which would disrupt management capabilities and performs an automatic recovery action.
The SteelEye Protection Suite for VMware Infrastructure 3 delivers all components required to ensure the availability of business-critical virtualized environments.  
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2007 6:47 PM by David Marshall
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