i365 Expands Microsoft DR Solution to i/OS, Other Platforms
April 27, 2010 Alex Woodie
When Microsoft developed its Data Protection Manager (DPM) software, it was intended to serve Windows-only environments. That will change as the result of the new EVault for DPM appliance announced last week by the i365 (formerly EVault) subsidiary of Seagate. The device will enable organizations to use the new version of Microsoft’s DPM to not only protect data residing on Windows servers, but also System i, Unix, Linux, and VMware servers, or even data residing in the cloud.
EVault for DPM is an all-in-one backup and recovery appliance that combines Microsoft’s DPM 2010 software and i365’s backup agents on a preconfigured X64 server made by Dell. In addition to storing and protecting backup data from Windows, i/OS, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, NetWare, VMWare, Oracle‘s database, and Microsoft’s SharePoint, Exchange, SQL Server, and Cluster Services software, EVault for DPM also allows customers to upload their data over the Internet to i365’s cloud data centers, providing another level of disaster preparedness.
Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing of DPM 2010 last week during the Microsoft Management Summit, an annual conference dedicated to Microsoft’s System Center family of systems management software. Enhancements in the new release include: better protection for roaming laptops; better support for Hyper-V environments; better protection for SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint; native site-to-site data replication; and improved scalability and management.
Microsoft worked closely with i365 to develop EVault for DPM, says Vij Rajarajan, general manager of the management and services division at Microsoft. “Together, Microsoft and i365 are helping companies manage heterogeneous data protection with a single pane interface, and extending the benefits of System Center.”
The popularity of SharePoint is one reason that heterogeneous data protection is becoming a necessity. MadWolf Technologies, which develops Windows apps that complement SharePoint, applauds the approach taken by i365 and Microsoft. “Now that i365 has joined forces with Microsoft to protect every platform within the enterprise under a single interface, we see a powerful opportunity to leverage the strength of Microsoft’s presence to protect heterogeneous environments,” says the company’s president and CEO, Douglas Wolfire.
i365’s DR software–including platform-specific agents and management and control utilities–can be purchased as software that customers can install on their own servers. But lately, the Seagate company has been pushing the appliance approach. Last fall, it unveiled a new line of Plug-N-Protect appliances for small and medium-size businesses that start with just 3 TB of usable storage.
Pricing for EVault for DPM starts at $9,995. For more information, see www.i365.com.