XOsoft, BMC Beef Up Replication on Unix and Windows Servers
Published: February 1, 2006
by Timothy Prickett Morgan
When you have a Unix or Windows server running mission critical applications, the last thing in the world you want is to have transactions that are being processed or database files that are being otherwise rejiggered to crash and take information with them. This is why myriad companies have created methods of replicating information across servers. But the tools to do data replication are not necessarily integrated very well, and that is why BMC Software has partnered with XOsoft to deliver an integrated product for replication.
Specifically, BMC has taken the WANSync replication software created by XOsoft, which uses a technology it calls continuous data protection, and embedded it within BMC's SQL-Backtrack, a backup and recovery solution for SQL databases, as the name suggests. The idea is to not only back up information, but to replicate it in such a way that the recovery time and the amount of data that is lost and that has to be recovered from journal files is reduced in the event of a crash is significantly diminished.
BMC and XOsoft are targeting Unix and Windows servers with the initial release of the integrated solution, and say that it will be available some time in the first quarter. BMC will sell the bolstered SQL-Backup software through its distribution network as well as through its direct sales force.