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Mar 9 2019   5:02PM GMT

SIOS DataKeeper By @SIOSTech For Enterprise-Class Protection

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This is an interview with Jerry Melnick, president and CEO, SIOS Technology on SIOS DataKeeper. Jerry Melnick, president and CEO, is responsible for directing the overall corporate strategy for SIOS Technology Corp. and leading the company’s ongoing growth and expansion. He has more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise and high availability software markets. Before joining SIOS, he was CTO at Marathon Technologies where he led business and product strategy for the company’s fault tolerant solutions. His experience also includes executive positions at PPGx, Inc. and Belmont Research, where he was responsible for building a leading-edge software product and consulting business focused on supplying data warehouse and analytical tools.

SIOS Technology provides IT Resilience for critical applications like SQL Server, Oracle, and SAP in the cloud, hybrid cloud or datacenter. Using SIOS high availability clustering software, applications automatically recover from infrastructure and application failures in a matter of minutes with no loss of data, keeping data protected, and applications online. SIOS was founded in 1999 and is a subsidiary of SIOS Corporation, a publicly traded company based in Japan (TYO:3744). The company is headquartered in San Mateo. SIOS software runs business-critical applications in a flexible, scalable cloud environment, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, and Google Cloud Platform without sacrificing performance, high availability or disaster protection.

1. What is SIOS DataKeeper all about?

SIOS DataKeeper software is an important ingredient in a cluster solution that lets users add high availability and disaster recovery protection to their Windows cluster or to create a SANless cluster for complete failover protection in environments where shared storage clusters are impossible or impractical, such as cloud, virtual servers, and high-performance storage environments.

Clusters built with SIOS software protect applications including Microsoft SQL Server, SAP, SharePoint, Lync, Dynamics, Hyper-V, and more from downtime and data loss using a SAN or SANless cluster in physical, virtual, and cloud environments and provide enterprise-class protection for all server workloads at a fraction of the cost of array-based replication.

2. How does SIOS DataKeeper ensure high availability for critical applications of an organization?

SIOS DataKeeper eliminates the need for complex and costly hardware SANs when configuring systems for high availability or disaster recovery. It uses fast, efficient, block-level replication to transfers data across both local and wide area networks with minimal bandwidth. It delivers incredibly fast replication speeds without the need for additional hardware accelerators or compression devices. This allows companies to flexibly configure the optimal recovery environment to meet their business objects without the constraints of hardware SANs.

3. What kind of organizations fit in for having SIOS DataKeeper?

SIOS software is used by companies large and small and by applications with just a few gigabytes of data to many terabytes. The software works with any Windows application transparently without modification. It is employed across a wide variety of industries. DataKeeper is used where a company’s day to day operations rely on the availability of the application. With over 70,000 licenses, many of the world’s largest companies use SIOS software to protect the applications their business depend on.
SIOS software runs business-critical applications like SAP and databases such as SQL Server, Oracle, and many others in a flexible, scalable cloud environment, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, and Google Cloud Platform without sacrificing performance, high availability or disaster protection.

4. How SIOS DataKeeper edges over other similar products in the market for its Cost-effectiveness and Application-agnostic Design?

The extreme flexibility to create high availability clusters using existing hardware with or without a hardware SAN in both high availability and disaster recovery configurations is the key differentiator. You don’t need to purchase new hardware or learn new technology. DataKeeper works out of the box with Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clusters (WSFC) as a simple add-on and is installed and configured in minutes. Since it’s based on Windows and works at the operating system level, any application that runs on Windows can be protected by WSFC with SIOS DataKeeper. And you don’t need to change the application – it’s all transparent.

5. What advantage did ALYN Hospital get after deploying SIOS DataKeeper?

ALYN Hospital IT was seeking to use existing hardware and their Hyper-V environment that was configured and operating in separate server rooms on-premises. They needed to achieve both high-availability with no loss of data and minimal uptime and disaster protection while providing them ways to maintain uptime during upgrades. SIOS DataKeeper gave them all of these capabilities without costly new expenditures or reconfiguration.

The ability to create 3-node SANless failover clusters with a single active and two standby instances has proven to be especially valuable for ALYN’s needs. They are updating systems and software continuously, and with DataKeeper they can do that without any disruption to operations. Because the data replication supports multiple standbys and enables manual, dynamic assignment of the active and standby instances, the active instance can be moved to any server in a 3-node cluster and remain fully protected during periods of planned hardware and software maintenance.

Other SIOS DataKeeper features that are important to ALYN’s needs include the ability to work with any type of storage and WAN-optimized data replication. The SIOS cluster seamlessly supports any storage volume recognized by Windows, and this substantially simplifies their operations while enabling them to utilize all of their storage resources. Additionally, the WAN optimization will prove useful as ALYN Hospital implements its remote disaster recovery site.

ALYN Hospital is confident the SIOS SANless failover cluster will perform as desired when needed: They test the configuration regularly and routinely change the active and standby designations while redirecting the data replication as needed during planned software updates, and the applications have always continued to run uninterrupted.

6. What was their evaluation criteria?

To evaluate third-party failover clustering software, ALYN Hospital established three criteria: The solution had to work with existing hardware; it had to provide both high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) protections all of the hospital’s critical applications; and the total cost had to fit within the department’s limited budget. The IT staff quickly narrowed the third-party options to two, and after carefully evaluating both, found that only one met all of its criteria: DataKeeper from SIOS Technologies. While they needed a solution that was cost-effective, they were determined not to sacrifice quality or capabilities. With SIOS they found a solution that delivers carrier-class capabilities with a remarkably low total cost of ownership.

7. What are all the platform SIOS DataKeeper works on?

SIOS DataKeeper software adds disaster recovery protection to a Windows cluster or to create a SANless cluster for complete failover protection in Windows environments where shared storage clusters are impossible or impractical, including any combination of physical, virtual, cloud, or hybrid cloud infrastructures. SIOS software runs business-critical applications in a flexible, scalable private or public cloud environments, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, hybrid clouds or on-premises datacenters.

SIOS also offers SIOS Protection Suite for Linux which is one of a suite of Linux and Windows clustering solutions offered that use artificial intelligence (AI) to improve IT resilience, maintain uptime and lower operational costs.

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