Welcome!

Blog Feed Post

Extending the power of VMware’s Site Recovery Manager & Virtual Clustering products

Neverfail Extending vSphereSome people (including VMware themselves) often refer to the deployment of VMware vSphere infrastructure as a journey, with an ever-growing set of economic benefits to be unlocked at each stage along the way. Early adopters seek to reduce platform operational costs by driving up host server utilization rates and reducing power and server footprint costs. The next stage focuses on leveraging the benefits of vSphere availability services such as virtual clustering for local high availability and Site Recovery Manager (with SAN or vSphere replication) for disaster recovery. For advanced users, VMware is now offering the “Software-Defined Data Center”, a logical extension of server virtualization concepts to storage and networking services with an integrated management suite. It’s a compelling story and I must confess that, when listening to it for the first time at VMWorld, my initial reaction was: “what’s left for the rest of us in the industry to do now they’ve solved all the world’s IT problems?” Fortunately, the answer is: “plenty”.

Back in the real world, I see plenty of customers taking this journey but seldom do I find folks who have arrived at the destination of a 100% virtualized datacenter. Many support multiple platforms beyond vSphere because it’s not unusual to find x86 workloads still stubbornly deployed on physical platforms. Reasons vary, but I’ve seen customers who keep heavily loaded SQL databases running on physical systems because they consume all available resources. Or, sometimes, customers leave certain apps on physical servers because the app vendor doesn’t support it running on vSphere.

This platform mash-up creates a few headaches for the I&O guys and gals responsible for protecting service availability. Different platforms often require multiple clustering and replication infrastructure and VMware’s availability tools are, of course, only available for the vSphere platform. The problem is compounded when a complex, multi-tier app spans both physical and virtual servers. As an example, think no further than a Sharepoint farm with its SQL databases running on physical servers and everything else virtualized. How can a coordinated failover of all components across physical and virtual servers be achieved?

Even when applications have been fully virtualized, there are still circumstances where the most business-critical of apps require failover and replication performance beyond that which vSphere native technologies can deliver. For example, how can an HA cluster detect a failing app and trigger failover to a fresh copy before the sick instance fails and causes user downtime? Or in a DR scenario, how can SRM fail over the most critical apps in less than two minutes with seconds or less of data loss?

Neverfail has provided app monitoring and failover infrastructure for close on a decade and we were the first supplier to patent the use of virtual servers as failover targets. We’ve worked with VMware for the last five years as an OEM supplier to protect their most critical component, vCenter Server, with a VMware-branded version of Neverfail called vCenter Server Heartbeat. The expertise we’ve picked up along the way has been built into the latest generation of our product, recently released as the Neverfail IT Continuity Engine. It’s theme is to integrate with and extend the capabilities of native vSphere availability technologies. Take a look here and you’ll find some neat ways to include failover for physical servers within SRM recovery plans, and to add application-awareness into virtual HA clusters to detect sick applications before they cause downtime. And all of this managed within the vSphere web client. We’d like to think this new technology can help remove some key roadblocks in our mutual customer’s journey to vSphere virtualization nirvana.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By Josh Mazgelis

Josh Mazgelis is senior product marketing manager at Neverfail. He has been working in the storage and disaster recovery industries for close to two decades and brings a wide array of knowledge and insight to any technology conversation.

Prior to joining Neverfail, Josh worked as a product manager and senior support engineer at Computer Associates. Before working at CA, he was a senior systems engineer at technology companies such as XOsoft, Netflix, and Quantum Corporation. Josh graduated from Plymouth State University with a bachelor’s degree in applied computer science and enjoys working with virtualization and disaster recovery.

Latest Stories
"At the keynote this morning we spoke about the value proposition of Nutanix, of having a DevOps culture and a mindset, and the business outcomes of achieving agility and scale, which everybody here is trying to accomplish," noted Mark Lavi, DevOps Solution Architect at Nutanix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are an IT services solution provider and we sell software to support those solutions. Our focus and key areas are around security, enterprise monitoring, and continuous delivery optimization," noted John Balsavage, President of A&I Solutions, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We want to show that our solution is far less expensive with a much better total cost of ownership so we announced several key features. One is called geo-distributed erasure coding, another is support for KVM and we introduced a new capability called Multi-Part," explained Tim Desai, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
There is a huge demand for responsive, real-time mobile and web experiences, but current architectural patterns do not easily accommodate applications that respond to events in real time. Common solutions using message queues or HTTP long-polling quickly lead to resiliency, scalability and development velocity challenges. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ryland Degnan, a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, will discuss how by leveraging a reactive stream-based protocol,...
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to w...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
"The Striim platform is a full end-to-end streaming integration and analytics platform that is middleware that covers a lot of different use cases," explained Steve Wilkes, Founder and CTO at Striim, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Calligo, an innovative cloud service provider offering mid-sized companies the highest levels of data privacy and security, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Calligo offers unparalleled application performance guarantees, commercial flexibility and a personalised support service from its globally located cloud plat...
"With Digital Experience Monitoring what used to be a simple visit to a web page has exploded into app on phones, data from social media feeds, competitive benchmarking - these are all components that are only available because of some type of digital asset," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Me...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DXWorldExpo has been named “Global Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place on Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Digital Transformation is the key issue driving the global enterprise IT business. Digital Transformation is most prominent among Global 2000 enterprises and government institutions.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Datera, that offers a radically new data management architecture, has been named "Exhibitor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Datera is transforming the traditional datacenter model through modern cloud simplicity. The technology industry is at another major inflection point. The rise of mobile, the Internet of Things, data storage and Big...
Kubernetes is an open source system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Kubernetes was originally built by Google, leveraging years of experience with managing container workloads, and is now a Cloud Native Compute Foundation (CNCF) project. Kubernetes has been widely adopted by the community, supported on all major public and private cloud providers, and is gaining rapid adoption in enterprises. However, Kubernetes may seem intimidating and complex ...
"Outscale was founded in 2010, is based in France, is a strategic partner to Dassault Systémes and has done quite a bit of work with divisions of Dassault," explained Jackie Funk, Digital Marketing exec at Outscale, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We focus on SAP workloads because they are among the most powerful but somewhat challenging workloads out there to take into public cloud," explained Swen Conrad, CEO of Ocean9, Inc., in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.