HotLink DR Express Ties VMware, AWS Together For Disaster Recovery


HotLink, a developer of technology for interfacing VMware customers to other technologies including the Amazon cloud, on Tuesday updated its HotLink DR Express offering to make it easier for VMware customers to use Amazon as a disaster recovery target.

The new version of HotLink DR Express features a new software defined networking (SDN) capability for replicating networking environments in the Amazon Web Services EC2 cloud, along with improved retention and restore capabilities for backed-up data.

HotLink DR Express is unique in its ability to provide a comprehensive data-protection solution for VMware users to use Amazon Web Services, said Lynn LeBlanc, founder and CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based HotLink.

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"It's not just backup and recovery, but also business continuity," LeBlanc said. "If there's a server failure, customers can have a virtual machine up and running quickly in AWS, but managed via VMware's vCenter. It's a cost-effective way to leverage the Amazon Elastic Cloud to protect VMware environments."

The HotLink DR Express solution is deployed as a virtual machine, with no additional hardware required, LeBlanc said. Virtual machines that replicate the customers' servers are set up and stored using the Amazon Web Services S3 cloud, with changes automatically sent to S3.

In the event of a failure, or to test disaster recovery, HotLink DR Express automatically converts those virtual machines into the AMI format, which allows them to be run in the AWS EC2 cloud environment, LeBlanc said.

New to HotLink DR Express is the HotLink CIMple SDN, or software defined networking, which allows a customer to set up its networking environment on the Amazon cloud so it will operate in AWS EC2 during a failover, said HotLink CTO Oded Haner.

"All the networking configurations are saved off-site in advance to be used in a failover," Haner said. "At a more mundane level, the networking configuration can be used to test disaster recovery using the dormant virtual machines in Amazon S3. There's no need for extra computing resources to test disaster recovery. Amazon has the planet's biggest compute cloud."

HotLink DR Express keeps the configuration information for each virtual machine in order to mirror the total configuration to the Amazon cloud, Haner said.

"Customers can launch in Amazon using their existing IP addresses and virtual switches, letting them go live in the Amazon cloud and work as if nothing happened," he said.

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