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EqualLogic Plans to Deliver Automated Disaster Recovery Capabilities for VMware Environments
EqualLogic®, a leading provider of high-performance iSCSI storage area network (SAN) solutions, today announced its collaboration with VMware to deliver end-to-end disaster recovery automation and management through VMware Site Recovery Manager and EqualLogic PS Series SANs. This combination is expected to provide a disaster recovery solution that can be verified and automated to help enterprises maximize the availability of critical services in the event of a data center failure.

Currently, data centers using VMware Infrastructure and EqualLogics virtualized SAN solution benefit from consolidation, flexibility and simplicity that provide advantages for disaster recovery operations. Now, EqualLogic is working with VMware to enable VMware Site Recovery Manager to support and seamlessly leverage PS Series Auto-Replication. As a result of this effort, joint customers are expected to be able to automate critical recovery processes and test full recovery of VMware Infrastructure environments that have been replicated between two EqualLogic SANs with minimal impact on production services.

VMware and EqualLogic share a vision for evolving IT infrastructures to be more flexible, reliable and easy to manage through the use of virtualization and sophisticated automation, said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances at VMware. EqualLogic is a trusted partner in the storage market whose commitment to lowering the cost of managing and protecting customers data centers aligns with our own.

John Joseph, vice president of marketing at EqualLogic, said, Virtualization from EqualLogic and VMware in storage and servers helps our customers deploy flexible, consolidated and highly-available IT environments. This collaboration is intended to help enable businesses to move easily through the process of planning, testing and recovering their critical IT environments, overcoming the uncertainty and complexity inherent in traditional approaches to disaster recovery.

EqualLogics Auto-Replication capability is a standard feature in PS Series storage arrays, eliminating the typical cost of storage replication software license fees. Auto-Replication is designed to be easy to set up and manage and interoperate between all of EqualLogics products. In virtualized server environments based on IP/Ethernet networks, EqualLogics IP storage systems simplify IT operations by reducing networking complexity and eliminating the need for expensive training and consulting typically associated with managing Fibre Channel networks.

EqualLogic will be hosting a webcast featuring VMware as a co-presenter about VMware Site Recovery Manager, on September 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 a.m. PT. To register for the webcast,Simple Disaster Recovery: iSCSI Storage and Server Virtualization Deliver Results, please visit: http://www.equallogic.com/goto/VMworld2007.

Published Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:52 AM by David Marshall
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