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.