Monday, January 24, 2011

Instant Recovery of Hyper V using dBeamer

I came across this application on the web yesterday that I thought was worth a mention in relation to DPM.

It is called dBeamer and is available from a company called Instavia.

The main purpose of this product is to maximise uptime whilst performing a recovery of a replica from DPM. This product enables you to allow access immediately to a Hyper V VHD that you are restoring from DPM to your Hyper V host and the end user sees very little downtime from the time the recovery job has been initiated within DPM.

If you have ever performed a full Disaster Recovery test of yours or a clients Virtual Environment using DPM and Hyper V, then although it is a perfectly seamless recovery and it enables you to have the whole virtual environment back up and running exactly how it was, you cannot get away from the fact that the DPM server still needs to recover this data from the DPM server to your newly commissoned Hyper V host and this could take anywhere from 1 hour to 10 hours depending on data size.

dBeamer allows you to get around this issue by enabling access to the VHD immediately and allows administrators to achieve a Recovery Time Objective (RTO) of near zero!

Here's the link to Instavia's site and I would recommend downloading the 64 bit client onto your DPM server, requesting a trial licence and testing away!

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