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XenServer 5 support from SteelEye Protection Suite

SteelEye Technology : 28 October, 2008  (New Product)
Users of Citrix XenServer can benefit from disaster recovery protection with SteelEye Protection Suite
SteelEye Technology has announced that its recently released SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer supports the new XenServer 5--thereby deepening its relationship with the popular provider of solutions for virtualizing application workloads. A member of the Citrix Ready Program, SteelEye is demonstrating its SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer on the XenServer 5 platform at Citrix Summit 2008 this week in Orlando. Citrix Summit is an invitation-only event for Citrix partners to learn about the latest and greatest products and technologies for application delivery infrastructure solutions.

'SteelEye Protection Suite's business continuity and disaster recovery solutions complement the functionality built into XenServer 5,' said Lou Shipley, Group Vice President and General Manager, XenServer Products Group at Citrix. 'This product leverages our open APIs to deliver an efficient and powerful disaster recovery solution that offers users a complete and comprehensive virtualization environment to meet their most stringent deployment requirements.'

Support for XenServer 5 significantly broadens SteelEye's disaster recovery solutions for virtual machines and gives the company's channel partners, such as 360is, new disaster recovery options for its customers. By deploying the latest version of the Citrix server virtualization platform with SteelEye Protection Suite, organizations realize the true cost benefits associated with virtualization technology by protecting their virtual machines (VMs) from planned downtime, unplanned outages and larger disasters.

'XenServer 5 and SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer together extend disaster recovery protection for companies of all sizes, giving them more effective ways to secure their virtual environments and relieving them of the added costs often associated with traditional business continuity solutions,' said Bob Williamson, senior vice president of product management, SteelEye Technology. 'This is yet another example of how SteelEye is helping our channel partners and customers simplify and address the high-availability and data replication requirements for supporting critical business applications running on the XenServer platform.'

SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer is a host-based, storage repository replication solution for VMs running on the XenServer platform. It provides true continuous data protection (CDP), change-only replication, integrated compression and a highly optimized replication engine, and ensures complete protection against unplanned downtime through server consolidation. The solution integrates completely with the XenMotion and XenCenter technologies featured in XenServer to support manual movement of replicated VMs within a server pool, and disaster recovery protection is fully maintained as VMs are moved within the server pool.

SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer affords 360is and other channel partners with the ability to address the challenges of delivering fault-proof services for VMs on the XenServer platform. This highly specialized U.K. virtualization solutions supplier provides consultancy, software, services, hardware appliances and training to customers using the Citrix XenServer platform, including major corporations such as British Telecom, Barcap, Ryanair and Credit Suisse. Combining 360is' services with SteelEye's disaster recovery expertise provides fluidity through ease-of-use and confidence in virtual server environments by ensuring business continuity.

'We chose the SteelEye Protection Suite because it enables us to offer comprehensive enterprise-scale business continuity and disaster recovery solutions for Citrix XenServer platforms,' said Rob Gilson, 360is managing director. 'It gives functionality to our clients that would not be otherwise available.'

Given the cost-effective, green benefits of virtualization, it's no surprise that the market is marked for exceptional growth in the coming years, with research firm IDC projecting a $3.5 billion increase from 2007 to 2012. In the same report, IDC identifies disaster recovery as a key factor in this growth and observes a budding infrastructure for disaster recovery based upon virtualization. The future looks good for broader Citrix XenServer adoption--and, thus, the proliferation of SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer and 360is' solutions.

Key features of SteelEye Protection Suite for Citrix XenServer:.

* WAN replication for complete disaster recovery of virtual machines across data centres
* LAN replication provides real-time backup and rapid recovery across local servers
* Selective replication lets customers choose which virtual machines they would like to protect
* Supports replication from XenServer resource pools
* Supports iSCSI- and fibre-channel shared storage in the resource pool
* Supports Citrix XenServer Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition and Platinum Edition
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