HP Aims Disaster Recovery at the Midrange

HP has developed new disaster recovery software for its mid-range arrays to fill data protection gaps for medium-sized businesses.

The new packages — Metrocluster, Continentalclusters and StorageWorks Cluster Extension EVA (enterprise virtual array) — are middleware layers that tie application services on HP arrays to clustered operating systems and applications, stretching cluster availability across a metro area or beyond.

The software minimizes downtime from synthetic or natural disasters, which can wreak havoc in financial services businesses that depend on continuous trades or other transactions to serve customers. Storage infrastructure providers have seized upon this as an opportunity to generate additional revenue from clients that fear network outages.

While HP rivals IBM and EMC make storage software for medium-sized businesses, Kyle Fitze, marketing director for HP StorageWorks SAN, said mid-range failover products for those companies only replicate and failover either the server cluster or the storage.

Fitze said HP aims to differentiate itself by offering automatic failover for applications on both the server cluster and storage. The software checks to make sure data integrity is being preserved consistently. It also allows users to read or write to data that is mirrored from afar, curtailing the effects of an outage or disaster.

Metrocluster provides automatic data and applications failover between remote data centers on HP-UX systems. The software can cover a cluster of up to 16 HP 9000 and Integrity servers over 260 kilometers.

Also designed for HP-UX environments, Continentalclusters supports up to 32 HP 9000 and Integrity servers. It works with data replication products, such as HP Continuous Access XP, HP Continuous Access EVA, EMC SRDF and Oracle standby database. The software works over long distances between replicated sites.

StorageWorks Cluster Extension EVA is host-based software that integrates Continuous Access EVA remote mirroring. The product extends a local cluster beyond one data center, providing failover for metropolitan- and wide-area networks. Cluster Extension also integrates with Microsoft Cluster Service.

The three products will be available later this month.

Article courtesy of Internet News

Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for CIO.com covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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