Continuent Provides Data Availability and Data Protection

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Continuent, Inc., a provider of software solutions for continuous data availability, advanced database replication, backup, and database performance scalability, recently announced the availability of Continuent Tungsten 1.2. Tungsten 1.2 Community Edition is available free of charge, while customers who want more advanced features and on-call technical support are encouraged to purchase the commercial Tungsten Enterprise 1.2 edition.

Continuent Tungsten harnesses the power of open source and commercial technologies to deliver data availability solutions that are based on the Tungsten open source components, a unique collection of solutions for database scale-out. Continuent Tungsten offers an easy to manage, dynamic database replication solution with automatic failover, cluster management, high availability and scalability for Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and EnterpriseDB. Continuent Tungsten runs on all Linux and Solaris platforms, and in the Amazon EC2 cloud.

Robert Hodges, chief technology officer for Continuent, tells 5 Minute Briefing that "with the Tungsten 1.2 release, we have rounded out the management capabilities and provided full cluster support for MySQL. Even just two linked databases represent a cluster and need to be managed for activities such as switching master and slave relationships and load balancing from one replicated database to another. With Tungsten 1.2, all of the databases in the cluster can be viewed and managed from one machine."

Also, with the Tungsten solution companies can improve their existing databases with high availability features such as automatic failure detection and recovery, and automatic master failover with a seamless, transparent switchover. Second, data protection capabilities include zero data-loss during failovers (planned or unplanned), integrated backup/restore, and disaster recovery by data replication to remote sites. And third, companies can take advantage of the public cloud for scalability, maintaining copies of the database and placing them into the cloud to guarantee consistent copies of the data at all times, and reduce the costs of provisioning.

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