Continuity Adds Capabilities to RecoverGuard for Application Availability and DR in the Private Cloud

Continuity Software, a provider of disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) management solutions, has announced the general availability of RecoverGuard version 5.2 (v5.2), featuring a Private Cloud Advisor designed to enable customers to ensure availability, recoverability and adherence to industry best practices in the private cloud.

"Until about a year ago, no one really used private clouds in the mid and large enterprise for mission-critical systems, but in the last 12 months, we have started to see a shift toward people either deploying such systems or at least planning the deployment of private clouds in the medium and large data centers," Gil Hecht, founder and CEO of Continuity Software, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

To address this growing need, in version 5.2 of RecoverGuard there is a new capability which provided by Private Cloud Advisor. "This capability is all about finding availability threats, recoverability threats and deviations from best practices in the private cloud," says Hecht.

According to Hecht, while private clouds can offer business benefit in terms of server consolidation and allocating IT expense across the organization, they also introduce IT management complexity because they add abstraction layers which lead to service availability issues such as hidden single points of failure, failing high availability relocations and best practice and SLA violations. Recoverability and data protection challenges are also introduced, as private cloud technology is not storage aware. RecoverGuard v5.2 enables customers to eliminate these risks and vulnerabilities - making the cloud infrastructure-aware. RecoverGuard v5.2 delivers a complete, end-to-end solution for validating and assuring both recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives in both physical and/or virtualized environments - thereby allowing customers to ensure business continuity.

"2010 is really the first year in which we see adoption of the private cloud for mission-critical IT systems," Hecht emphasizes. "Until now, people played with virtualization in all kinds of ways, but they didn't take their most important databases and put them in a virtual environment," says Hecht. "We feel this is changing now. I can't say how quickly it is going to change but as it is starting to change, we are making our systems available for that change as well."

In addition, RecoverGuard v5.2 now provides support for HP XP storage, rounding out its support for all enterprise-class data center platforms. For further information, go here.