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PlateSpin Updates Forge

Earlier in the year, I wrote about the PlateSpin Forge disaster recovery appliance. Forge is unique, as it leverages PlateSpin's sophisticated conversion technologies to replicate workloads to an ESX server locally on a dedicated piece of hardware and management.

PlateSpin has updated Forge to version 2.5. Functionality enhancements include:

  • Additional operating system support: Windows Server 2008 and Vista have been added as protected workloads, including 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2003.
  • Physical machine server sync: Forge can manage workload protection to physical servers.
  • Long replication support: One of the prior limitations of Forge was that the initial replication needed to complete within 24 hours. They removed that limitation with version 2.5. This is targeted for large protected workloads or slow network links.
  • Additional management and performance: Support for multiple tenants on a single appliance, role-based access, improved synchronization performance and increased functionality to accommodate moving the appliance.

Recently at TechMentor Orlando, I discussed Forge to a number of small- and medium-sized organizations who had interest with the product. It is a compelling offering for a single disaster recovery solution for up to 25 protected workloads.

More information can be found at the PlateSpin Web site.

Posted by Rick Vanover on 08/19/2009 at 12:47 PM


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