Hitachi Data Systems Corporation announced Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V, an innovative new business continuity and disaster recovery solution for virtualized environments based on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
The solution combines Microsoft Windows Server 2008 capabilities such as high availability through Microsoft Multipath I/O, server virtualization and clustering with the proven platform capabilities of Hitachi storage virtualization and system-based replication to create a cost effective, highly available and remotely replicated virtual server infrastructure for organizations looking to reduce business risk and associated downtime costs.
The product extends Microsoft migration capabilities to remote sites, allowing midrange to enterprise customers to replicate and migrate virtual machines within virtualized environments either locally or across geographically dispersed sites. The solution also features breakthrough automated failover and data resynchronization, as well as simplified failback of virtual machines. Additionally, organizations looking to optimize business continuity can use the quick and live migration capabilities of Windows Server for local protection of virtual machines.
Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V consists of three fundamental components: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise or Data Center Editions, Hitachi Storage Cluster, and Hitachi TrueCopy software or Hitachi Universal Replicator system-based replication:
- Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise or Data Center Editions – Consists of Hyper-V, Microsoft’s hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, Failover Clustering, and Windows 2008 Server Core Installation.
- Hitachi Storage Cluster – Works with Microsoft Failover Clustering and Hitachi system-based replication to enable simple, reliable, remote replication with automated fail over and re-sync of disk resources and simplified fail back in a disaster recovery scenario. Hitachi Storage Cluster manages the direction of replication and storage resource ownership within the Hyper-V clustered environment.
- Hitachi TrueCopy and Hitachi Universal Replicator – Two Hitachi system-based replication technologies enable the physical replication of virtual machines and their associated data between sites. Both Hitachi TrueCopy software and Hitachi Universal Replicator are proven Hitachi replication technologies and are supported on the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage and Hitachi Unified Storage Platform storage systems.