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Business continuity for Citrix users

SteelEye Technology : 30 September, 2008  (New Product)
SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer provides disaster recovery and business continuity assurance for the popular virtual server platform
Users of virtual machines that run Citrix XenServer can now enjoy the reassurance of complete business continuity and disaster recovery, thanks to an agreement with UK based SteelEye Technology partner 360is.

SteelEye Technology pioneers new standards of business continuity and disaster recovery services that can run on diverse, multi-vendor IT infrastructures. SteelEye offers comprehensive disaster protection of virtual machines running on Citrix XenServer, through its SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer.

Now SteelEye Technology has strengthened its UK presence even further with the recruitment of a key Citrix partner, 360is, to its channel. As one of Citrix's Gold partners, 360is is one of the success stories of this new model for delivering computer services. It offers Virtualisation services for a variety of global enterprises, whose entire success hinges on the competitive advantage that 360is offers. With clients as demanding as Ryan Air, BT and Credit Suisse, 360is has become Citrix's premier partner and has a unique understanding of the challenges of delivering fault proof services for virtual machines on the XenServer platform.

'As Virtualisation becomes mainstream, companies have become increasingly reliant on virtualised IT services, so the business continuity and disaster recovery elements have become an imperative,' explains Robert Gilson, 360is managing director. 'There is a massive demand for supported solutions. SteelEye combined with Citrix XenServer has the capability to offer the multi site coverage many enterprises are in need of. SteelEye complements the feature set and re-enforces the disaster recovery requirements that enterprises are crying out for.'

SteelEye's Protection Suite, in conjunction with XenServer, creates a great combination of fluidity and strength. This is tremendously reassuring in today's working environment, where replication capability is integral to business continuity. SteelEye Protection Suite for XenServer offers real time LAN and WAN replication of XenServer virtual machines.

'The flexibility and ease-of-use in SteelEye Protection Suite exemplifies our mission to strip the complexity from today's IT infrastructure,' said Bob Williamson, Senior VP Product Management and Product Marketing of SteelEye.

The partnership has important consequences for IT users. It means that, as Virtualisation becomes increasingly central to the IT strategies of corporate Britain, adding the ability to recover from planned and unplanned downtime creates an industrial-strength robustness for any virtualised environment.

The Virtualisation market will grow from $1.8 billion in 2007 to $5.3 billion in 2012, according to market research firm IDC. John Humphreys, Program Vice President of IDC's Enterprise Platform Group and the head of the firm's Enterprise Virtualisation Software Program, says disaster recovery will be the key issue that affects the success of this growing ecosystem.

'Virtualisation helps organisations cope with ever-increasing disaster recovery needs,' said Humphreys. 'SteelEye is moving aggressively, building on a strong reputation in the data replication space and leveraging their Protection Suite software to further extend the XenServer market.'

SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer protects vital company information by replicating XenServer virtual machines across any LAN or WAN. Better still, it can do this in real time. It was created in order to protect companies that migrate critical enterprise applications to XenServer virtual machines. SteelEye Protection Suite raises the level of protection against data centre outages, safeguarding business continuity.

Citrix XenServer has become an increasingly popular IT platform, as it maximises the cost benefits of Virtualisation through server consolidation. SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer offers cast iron insurance against unplanned downtime of a XenServer deployment.

Mr. Williamson explained that the migration of enterprise applications to virtual environments could only continue apace through collaboration with companies like Citrix. 'We're helping customers of all sizes ensure their data is safe and their business operations run uninterrupted,' he said.

Simon Crosby, CTO of Virtualisation and Management at Citrix, said, 'SteelEye Protection Suite extends our XenServer platform by adding best-in-class disaster recovery capabilities to XenServer. This integrated solution provides more value for customers at an unbeatable price, which will help accelerate the broader adoption of Virtualisation among enterprise customers of all sizes.'

SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer is available now.
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