Hi, I’m Jim Schwartz, Director of Virtualization Solutions at Microsoft and I’m writing as a guest on Edwin’s blog today.
Despite tough times, an Enterprise Strategy Group study shows that 31% of businesses surveyed said DR will be their main driver for Virtualization in 2009. This shows a continued shift as IT Pros who look beyond test/dev and basic server consolidation scenarios in deploying virtualization technologies.
Having a plan to deal with worst case scenarios like disasters and widespread system outages presents technical and business challenges--application and data availability need to be maintained; however, deployment and operational costs are always an issue. Virtualization has been a game changer for many companies seeking to mitigate impact to critical applications and data. Businesses previously unable to justify end-to-end site recovery are finding solutions now within reach.
This week Microsoft is launching a comprehensive solution to help customers implement cost effective, end-to-end site recovery programs. Built on proven capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 and the System Center management suite, Microsoft is helping IT Professionals leverage Windows Server Hyper-V and Failover Clustering along with tools like Virtual Machine Manager to deliver cost effective site recovery.
The Microsoft Site Recovery Solution ecosystem is ramping with a broad range of storage replication partners like Double-Take Software, EMC, HDS, HP delivering solutions that take advantage of the Microsoft Cluster Resource DLL. With cluster integration IT Professionals can deploy streamlined and operationally effective site recovery.
You can learn more about the Microsoft Site Recovery Solution by joining the Microsoft team and Enterprise Strategy Group on Thursday, November 5th at 10:30am Pacific for a webcast Building Effective and Highly Available Disaster Recovery Solutions Using Microsoft Virtualization This webcast looks at key drivers for site recovery solutions and reviews practical deployment considerations (you can view the recorded version of the webcast after the 5th). Microsoft and select partners will also be demonstrating Site Recovery Solutions at TechEd, so if you plan to be in Berlin during the week of November 9th, make sure to stop by the Virtualization Solutions kiosk in the Technical Learning Center.
Jim Schwartz Director Virtualization Solutions, Microsoft Corporation
Don't forget about Microsoft's other important Hyper-V multi-site replication solution, SteelEye DataKeeper Cluster Edition.
SteelEye DataKeeper was first demonstrated at the Microsoft Virtualization launch in September of 2008 and has been providing a multi-site cluster solution for Hyper-V for the past year.