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Q&A: Interview with NetIQ Talking PlateSpin Forge 700 Series Disaster Recovery Appliances

I've followed PlateSpin for many years, leading all the way up to their acquisition by NetIQ and beyond.  And recently NetIQ announced a new product line release of its PlateSpin Forge 700 series, a disaster recovery appliance for protecting both physical and virtual server workloads.  To find out more about the release, I spoke with Mike Robinson, senior manager of solution strategy at NetIQ.

VMblog:  NetIQ Recently Released the PlateSpin Forge 700 Series.  What are the main updates included in this release?

Mike Robinson:  The PlateSpin Forge 700 Series is NetIQ's latest and most powerful disaster recovery appliances for protecting both physical and virtual server workloads in the event of a production server outage or disaster. The PlateSpin Forge 700 Series appliances protect 60% more workloads and provide significantly higher performance and capacity than the previous generation 500 Series. An all-in-one solution with advanced capabilities like disaster recovery requirements sizing and sand-boxed virtual testing, the PlateSpin Forge 700 Series provides a high-capacity high-performance recovery environment that powers enterprise-class workloads efficiently and seamlessly until the production environment is restored.

VMblog:  And which products comprise this new series?

Robinson:  PlateSpin Forge 700 Series models include PlateSpin Forge 710, which protects up to 10 physical or virtual workloads; PlateSpin Forge 725 protects up to 25 physical or virtual workloads and PlateSpin Forge 740 protects up to 40 physical or virtual workloads.

VMblog:  Can you share some background about what's meant by the word "series" in the product's name?

Robinson:  Back in 2008, NetIQ recognized the market need to replace existing tape backups with disk-based backup appliances to reduce manual efforts and improve recovery time objectives. Therefore, the company pioneered an approach with a first-of-its-kind disaster recovery appliance. Beginning with the industry's first automated physical to virtual (P2V) server consolidation tool, today's PlateSpin family of workload management products includes: 
  • PlateSpin Recon - Incorporates the advanced analytics needed to plan successful migration and disaster recovery initiatives
  • PlateSpin Migrate -Includes anywhere-to-anywhere migration technology
  • PlateSpin Forge - The hardware behind the affordable high-performance disaster recovery products
  • PlateSpin Protect - Disaster recovery software product that uses virtual infrastructure capacity to protect both physical and virtual workloads.

The PlateSpin Forge 700 Series builds upon this legacy, delivering a faster, more efficient and streamlined approach to protecting todays virtual and physical server workloads, with a very low TCO.

VMblog:  Can you share any feedback that customers may be providing about this product line so far?

Robinson:  "With PlateSpin Forge, I know that if there is any kind of unplanned outage, we have the safety net of a solution that can restore our core services in twenty minutes," said Tom Lockhart, IT systems manager for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. "Having a comprehensive solution like the PlateSpin Forge appliance that is extremely simple to setup and use has given me the peace of mind that we can recover our services effectively, quickly and reliably."

VMblog:  What are some of the specs customers can expect when purchasing PlateSpin Forge?

RobinsonAll PlateSpin Forge 700 Series appliances include PlateSpin Recon 4 licenses capable of monitoring the CPU, memory, network bandwidth, and disk utilization of up to 100 production server workloads for 30 days. All models in the series include dual 8-core hyper-threaded CPUs, for a total of 32 processor threads, 128 GB of RAM, expandable to 768 GB, over 20 TB of usable RAID-protected storage for workload backups, and six gigabit Ethernet ports for fast lag-free operation as a recovery environment. 

VMblog:  So, is the new product line available yet?  And if so, what's the price?

Robinson:  The PlateSpin Forge 700 Series disaster recovery appliance is available today and starts at $54,000 USD, including the license to protect 10 workloads and standard maintenance.

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Thank you to Mike Robinson, senior manager, Solution Strategy at NetIQ, for taking time out to speak with VMblog. 

Published Friday, August 29, 2014 6:41 AM by David Marshall
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