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PlateSpin Forge "Plug In and Protect" Virtualized Recovery Appliance Now Shipping
PlateSpin Ltd. today announced the general availability of PlateSpin Forge, an innovative disaster recovery hardware appliance for cost-effectively protecting and rapidly recovering server workloads in the data center. Using VMware infrastructure as a foundation for the solution, each PlateSpin Forge appliance harnesses the power of PlateSpins workload portability technology to provide out-of-the-box protection for up to 25 physical or virtual workloads. All necessary hardware, storage, applications and virtualization technology are pre-packaged and ready to go, dramatically reducing the time and effort required to deploy, configure and test a disaster recovery solution.

Since PlateSpin Forge was first announced in early December 2007, the solution has been deployed and tested hands-on by a select number of customers and partners as part of the PlateSpin Forge Early Access Program (EAP).

The early response from the market has been extremely encouraging, said PlateSpin founder and CEO Stephen Pollack. Users have praised the recovery appliances rich feature set and unique combination of ease-of-use and affordability. Were particularly thrilled to see existing customers such as Greenhill & Co. adopting PlateSpin Forge and extending their use of our technology to address a variety of challenges in their data centers.

By consolidating multiple physical and virtual workloads onto a single PlateSpin Forge recovery appliance, we can achieve a 25 to 1 workload protection ratio with no need for costly investments in duplicate hardware and software for one-to-one redundancy, said John Shaffer, Director of Technology at Greenhill & Co, a leading independent investment banking firm. PlateSpin Forge requires near-zero configuration and ships with everything you need to begin protecting workloads including recovery hardware, replication software and storage for considerably less than if wed purchased and configured these components separately.

With offices in New York, London, Frankfurt, Toronto and Dallas and multiple geographically-dispersed data centers, Greenhill provides financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions and restructurings and manages merchant banking funds for clients around the world. The critical, real-time nature of Greenhills global business means that the backup and rapid recovery of server workloads is a corporate imperative.

It is no longer sufficient simply to backup data, Shaffer continued. The entire server workload including data and applications must be protected and the recovery process must be fast and seamless in order to minimize business disruption and data loss. The speed and ease with which we will be able to recover using PlateSpin Forge makes the solution extremely attractive as we look to improve our recovery time and point objectives across a broad range of our server workloads.

In addition to recovery time and point objectives (RTO and RPO), organizations increasingly recognize test time objective (TTO) as another key metric for evaluating recovery solutions. TTO provides a measure of how easy it is to test a recovery solution. According to Gartner research, the testing of disaster recovery solutions is very important and should be done at least yearly and when significant processes change (Gartner, Inc., Server Capacity on Demand Spans many Capabilities, by John R. Phelps, February 13, 2007).

PlateSpin has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to offering customers innovative solutions to adopt, manage and extend their use of server virtualization in the data center, said Pollack. With PlateSpin Forge, the worlds first virtualized recovery hardware appliance, we are once again transforming the data center by making it easier and more affordable to implement, test and manage a virtual recovery infrastructure. In our work with clients, we kept hearing a lot of frustration with traditional recovery infrastructures that were cost-prohibitive, complex to implement and difficult to test. Our response was to bring to market a revolutionary plug in and protect recovery hardware appliance that offers a dramatically simplified approach to disaster recovery, especially when compared to traditional backup and recovery solutions.

Pricing and Availability

PlateSpin Forge is now shipping in North America. Package pricing includes hardware, storage and application costs. For more information on how to purchase PlateSpin Forge, please call 416-203-6565, toll free in North America at 1-877-528-3774 (1-87-PlateSpin) or visit to order today. PlateSpin Forge will be available globally later this quarter. Customers in EMEA and APAC wishing to participate in the PlateSpin Forge Early Access Program can apply today at

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2008 5:58 AM by David Marshall
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