Doyenz Unveils Cloud-Based Backup, Recovery for vSphere

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-04-17 Print this article Print

There are many more transport and security issues to solve when storing and replicating virtual machine data sets, and as a result, software vendors have been evolving their wares to accommodate these requirements.

Thanks to an increasing number of larger--and often much more customized--enterprise IT processing and storage workloads, backup and recovery systems also have had to take a more specialized approach.

For example, there are many more transport and security issues to solve when storing and replicating virtual machine datasets, as opposed to data and files that remain within a single geographical location. As a result, software vendors have been evolving their wares to accommodate these requirements.


To this end, Bellevue, Wash.-based Doyenz on April 18 launched a new cloud-based recovery service, rCloud Agent, specifically for VMware vSphere workloads.

Doyenz is most well-known within the storage industry--but not as much by the enterprise public--as the OEM software inside Symantec's market-leading BackupExec.

Doyenz's rCloud, aimed at the small and midsize enterprise market, is designed to restore virtual production server environments in less than 15 minutes. The original rCloud for VMware ESX hypervisor, launched in October 2011, offers a disaster recovery plan that will replicate VMware ESX virtual production environments.

rCloud uses ESX--and now vSphere--VM snapshots to take both full and incremental backups of all virtual machines inside a system, which enables flexibility in recovery points.

The platform provides on-demand verification for production server environments replicated in the cloud, Doyenz said. IT service providers can log on at any time to instantly verify server images and provide their SMB clients proof of the integrity of their data and can also leverage a secure virtual lab to test changes and upgrades on a replica of the server before deploying to production.

With the introduction of rCloud for vSphere, which is now available, Doyenz claims to be the first vendor to replicate and recover vSphere virtual machines in the cloud for SMBs. Other new capabilities include support for vCenter Server vMotion, and all current versions of vSphere, as well as Automatic Agent Update with no user intervention.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel