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Apr 6 2009   12:50PM GMT

Double-Take repackages products after emBoot acquisition

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Double-Take is consolidating its server-based replication, TimeData CDP, GeoGluster software for Microsoft stretched clusters, LiveWire bare-metal restor, and emBoot’s netboot iSCSI boot-from-SAN and sanFly iSCSI target products into four titles:

  • Double-Take Move – will support the conversion of workloads between any combination of physical and virtual servers, while applications remain responsive to end users.
  • Double-Take Flex – Packages netboot/i and sanFly so that servers can be moved to a centrally managed iSCSI SAN and be booted from it.
  • Double-Take Backup – combines TimeData and LiveWire for CDP, granular or full-server recovery of Windows systems.
  • Double-Take Availability – combines previously separate Double-Take titles, for Linux, Windows, VMware Infrastructure and Hyper-V.
  • Double-Take director of solutions engineering Bob Roudebush, says Double-Take Move and Double-Take Flex are available now. Double-Take Backup and Double-Take Availability will be available by summer.

    The long-term roadmap for the products is to add automation. “It might be more desirable somtimes to boot from SAN, and other times to boot locally, but they must be in sync,” Roudebush said. “That’s the vision for sure.”

    In the meantime, user Paul Hurst, network administrator for the City of Airdrie in Alberta, Canada, said he’s looking forward to replacing Double-Take’s Virtual Recovery Assistant (VRA) with Double-Take Move. “The key is more efficient migrations [between physical and virtual servers],” he said. “With VRA, you could do one move, test it, and then start all over again. With Double-Take move, I can do a test move without affecting the production box.”

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