LAS VEGAS -- Quantum Corp. and Acronis launched new products specifically aimed at VMware backup and recovery today at the opening day of VMworld 2011. Quantum brought out the vmPRO 4000 appliance based on technology it acquired from Pancetera Software in June and Acronis rolled out vmPROtect 6 backup software.
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The launches come as more organizations are turning to data backup and recovery products aimed specifically at VMware, such as Quest Software’s vRanger and Veeam Software’s Backup & Replication. Every major backup vendor has made some move to optimize VMware backup and recovery.
Quantum’s vmPRO 4000 is Quantum’s DXi 4500 data deduplication backup appliance for remote offices with Pancetera’s virtual appliance that optimizes virtual machine backup. Quantum executives say they plan to add the Pancetera software to the DXi midrange and enterprise appliances as well as StorNext appliances for file archiving.
“This is the first love child between Pancetera and Quantum DXi,” said Henrik Rosendahl, Quantum VP of virtualization and former Pancetera CEO.
Pancetera’s software serves as a backup application that runs on a guest virtual appliance. The vmPRO 4000 uses Pancetera’s Smart Read technology to move the VMs. Smart Read removes virtual machine disk files that are redundant or no longer in use to reduce I/O. Because it retains the VMDK format, the vmPRO 4000 is compatible with any backup software.
“We put a file system on top of your virtual storage and turn all VMs into files,” Rosendahl said.
The vmPRO 4000 will be available in October. It will cost $13,750 for the 2 TB version and $24,750 for 4 TB. The prices are a 10% premium over the DXi4500 models. Quantum chose to bundle Pancetera technology as a virtual appliance on the DXi instead of making it available as a software option, but existing DXi4500 customers can load the Pancetera software as a virtual appliance on an ESX server.
Enterprise Strategy Group analyst David Chapa said the Pancetera software will be a good fit for a wide range of Quantum backup and disaster recovery products.
“This could be an interesting integrated approach and a way for Quantum to provide another layer of support for virtualized environments,” he said. “It’s also a good fit for disaster recovery because of its replication. As customers move from a physical world to a virtualized world, disaster recovery and business continuity becomes daunting. It’s easier with replication built in.”
Acronis extends backup and recovery software offerings
Acronis vmPROtect 6 is for VMware virtual servers using ESX and ESXi hypervisors. The software can be installed as a virtual appliance and offers image and file-level recovery. It has built-in data deduplication and compression, and supports 256-bit AES encryption. Acronis vmPROtect is price at $499 per CPU with unlimited physical to virtual migrations.
Acronis already sells Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 Virtual Edition (ABR) for virtual and physical server backup. But ABR was originally developed for physical machines with virtual support added. Izzy Azeri, GM of the Americas for Acronis, said there is a strong market for products that only protect virtual servers. Acronis is aiming vmPROtect 6 at virtual machine administrators while ABR is for backup admins.
“We believe an audience is looking for a virtual backup-only product,” Azeri said. “We wanted something that’s a lot more tailored for that audience. For customers already using ABR Virtual Edition with VMware, we give them another option.”
He said customers can use both products, but they would have to run separate backup jobs.
Other products launched today at VMworld include:
EMC Virtual Storage Integrator
EMC rolled out Virtual Storage Integrator (VSI) 5, a free VMware vCenter plug-in that lets customers map virtual machines to storage and enables provisioning for EMC Symmetrix VMAX and VNX storage arrays. VSI 5 supports VMware vSphere 5.
HP Virtual Systems for VMware
Hewlett-Packard rolled out HP VirtualSystem for VMware, which optimizes the VirtualSystem bundle that include HP storage, servers and networking for VMware.
SunGard Availability Services Recover2Cloud
SunGard Availability Services added Recover2Cloud disaster recovery services for server replication and vaulting. Recover2Cloud for Server Replication uses asynchronous server-based replication and is aimed at virtual, physical and cloud-based applications requiring recovery in less than four hours. Recover2Cloud for Vaulting restores data from an online vault and delivers application recovery in less than 24 hours. Pricing for SunGard Recover2Cloud services starts at $150 per server per month.
Coraid EtherFlash array
Coraid rolled out the CoraidEtherFlash array, consisting of Coraid’s EtherDrive SRX storage arrays, solid-state drives and the vendor’s new CorOS operating system optimized for managing data on SSDs. Coraid CEO Kevin Brown said EtherFlash arrays provide over 200,000 IOPS starting at under $8 per GB. He said the vendor supports several single-level cell (SLC) and multi-level cell (MLC) SSD drives, and is planning to add automatic tiering and caching capabilities. Coraid arrays are based on the ATA over Ethernet (AoE) protocol.
Hauwai Symantec's PowerSteering
Huawei Symantec launched PowerSteering, a suite of VMware plug-ins for VMware APIs to let customers manage its storage and backup devices through a VMware console. The plug-ins include support for three of the vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) primitives—full copy, block zeroing and scalable lock management.
Virtensys VIO-4010, 4012
Virtensys Ltd. launched the VIO-4010, an addition to the PCIe-based VIO-4000 I/O Virtualization (IOV) appliance family. The VIO-4010 uses Micron P3000 100 GB and 200 GB enterprise solid state drives (SSDs) and supports from 800 GB to 1.6 TB of total capacity. Virtensys said it will also have a VIO-4012 model with Micron P320h PCIe-based SSDs by the end of the year.
CommVault reference architecture for VMware, Dell EqualLogic SAN
CommVault delivered the first of several planned reference architectures for its Simpana backup and data management software running on popular storage systems. The first architecture is based on VMware software, Dell servers and EqualLogic iSCSI storage arrays, and Simpana 9 modules for backup, recovery and archiving. CommVault plans reference architectures for NetApp FlexPod and EMC Vblock arrays running VMware as part of its Virtual Infrastructure Reference Architecture Leaders (VIRAL) channel program.