NEC Debuts DR for Virtualized Servers

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-06-16 Print this article Print

New package features high-level support for all three major hypervisors.

NEC introduced June 16 a new storage area network disaster recovery package it calls "system continuity" software designed specifically for virtualized systems.

ExpressCluster can run on Microsoft Windows or Linux operating systems and in virtualized, physical or mixed virtual/physical x86 server platforms, George Wu, NEC director of software business, told eWEEK.

For SAN, LAN and WAN environments, ExpressCluster features: automatic system recovery; real-time data protection; unified management of all protected applications and data stores; standard operating system and application support; low-bandwidth network; and active/active configuration support, Wu said.

ExpressCluster supports all the leading hypervisor virtualization platforms, including Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen Hypervisor and VMware ESX, Wu said. It features enhanced data protection with a hybrid disk resource option providing local high availability and remote disaster recovery within a single solution, Wu said.

The new SAN supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Exchange 2007, Wu said.

"The x86 server world is being transformed by the rapid adoption of virtualization technology, and high-availability software offerings must now address the need to protect customers' applications whether they are running on physical servers or on virtual servers," said Jean S. Bozman, an IDC analyst.

"This means that high-availability software solutions need to be able to reach across physical and virtual server deployments and to work well with replication products that protect data across locations and geographies, in order to ensure a comprehensive solution that supports HA for server workloads-and business continuity for the enterprise."

ExpressCluster SAN for hypervisor is priced starting at $1,995 per physical hypervisor host server.  It is sold exclusively through VARS and other channel partners.  


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

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