RackWare Automates Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

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    Disaster recovery (DR) in the age of the cloud still isn’t as simple as it should be. But thanks to RackWare for providing the ability to encapsulate an entire IT environment from the operating system up through the application environment, DR is about to get easier.

    RackWare today launched RackWare Management Module (RMM) 3.0, an update to its cloud management software, which now includes DR capabilities.

    Rather than forcing customers to align with a cloud service provider that supports their particular virtual machine environment, RackWare CEO Sash Sunkara says RMM now allows IT organizations to replicate operating system, applications and data from production servers into instances of that software running in the cloud. Once that relationship is established, Sunkara says IT organizations can incrementally synchronize data without having to replicate the entire environment.

    Originally designed to help IT organizations automate the movement of workloads into the cloud, Sunkara says RMM can now be used to provide DR capabilities between on-premise environments and the cloud or between multiple cloud computing environments.

    In an ideal world, DR capabilities would be a set-it-and-forget-it kind of thing. Unfortunately, that’s not the way things are quite yet. But as cloud management software continues to become more sophisticated, it’s clear that enterprise IT is finally heading in that direction.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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