The VMware vCenter plugin integrates data protection with day-to-day operational management of VMware Windows and Linux workloads
September 03, 2013
Hybrid virtualization management innovator HotLink Corp. is touting its new HotLink DR Express as a “disaster recovery and business continuity solution that leverages Amazon Web Services to protect all types of VMware vSphere virtual machines.”
HotLink DR Express offers a plug-in solution for VMware vCenter users to integrate data protection with day-to-day operational management of VMware Windows and Linux workloads. Within minutes of a failure, IT administrators can automatically recover to a DR/BC site within AWS for the cost of basic backup.
“HotLink DR Express addresses the market need for a business recovery solution for workloads that could never sustain the exorbitant cost of a replica DR site,” states a HotLink press release submitted to ChannelPro-SMB.
HotLink DR Express & AWS
HotLink is introducing HotLink DR Express to extend VMware vCenter capabilities to include automated DR/BC site setup, maintenance, recovery and management for AWS, ensuring that downtime is kept to only minutes rather than hours or days, and management is seamless with VMware vCenter.
Built on the HotLink Transformation Engine, HotLink DR Express enables VMware users to benefit from DR/BC in Amazon EC2. HotLink DR Express automatically uploads the initial VM to Amazon S3 along with the ongoing differentials without any manual steps, other consoles, appliances, or conversion tools. Upon a VM failure or during a testing cycle, HotLink transforms the virtual machine and restores operations in AWS.
Instances only incur Amazon EC2 charges during the period of the restoration. Alternatively, restoration back on-premise or to a VMware vCloud provider can be selected, if preferred.
With HotLink DR Express, Amazon restored VMs are fully manageable by VMware vCenter, alongside on-premise VMs, and they are migrated back from AWS whenever appropriate.
Key features of the new HotLink DR Express include the ability to:
- Extend VMware vCenter management to DR/BC operations in Amazon. Administrators have a unified management platform that extends VM administration and management to the AWS DR/BC site and enables recovery plans to be built using such vCenter-compatible tools as PowerCLI and Orchestrator.
- Automate cloud DR/BC site creation and maintenance. vCenter users can select the desired on-premise Windows or Linux VMs for protection, configure recovery point objectives (per VM), and automatically replicate the VMs in AWS with differentials synchronized as changes occur.
- Perform integrated monitoring and continuous testing. With the ability to monitor the AWS DR/BC site from vCenter, the status of all protected workloads for any restore point is readily visible. Test environments can be provisioned and validated to ensure that DR/BC recovery plans are deployed as expected.
- Restore business operations within minutes. HotLink DR Express users can automatically restore protected VMs in any Amazon EC2 region within minutes of a failure at any VM restore point. Amazon EC2 instances are provisioned from vCenter as easily as existing on-premise virtual machines.
- Migrate back on-premise. Administrators can restore on-premise operations—whether to the current state of AWS VMs or the original restore point—when the local infrastructure is available.
“HotLink DR Express makes disaster recovery and business continuity accessible by any organization and for every workload by opening up AWS for VMware recovery,” says HotLink CEO and founder Lynn LeBlanc. “Most importantly, HotLink fully integrates this capability into the existing management environment of VMware vCenter. So, business continues as usual if a failure happens. By combining Amazon economics with HotLink’s unique transformation technology, HotLink DR Express is a win for any VMware shop, large or small.”
Availability & Pricing
HotLink DR Express is available now in both 30-day trial and subscription editions. Subscription pricing is $25 per VM per month on an annual subscription.