Also new to HotLink DR Express is the ability to set restore point retention policies, which state how often changes to data are sent to the cloud and how long they are kept, Haner said.
Customers also now can schedule restore points on an ad hoc or recurring basis, he said. "If you know changes will be made at 6 p.m. on Saturday, you want to make sure the entire environment is backed up before the changes are made," he said. "These restore points can be used for restores using AWS in minutes."
Day1 Solutions uses HotLink DR Express as a way to help its NetApp customers have a seamless disaster recovery solution via Amazon Web Services, said Luis Benavides, CEO and founder of the Falls Church, Va.-based solution provider, systems integrator and MSP.
Day1's solution is based on NetApp storage and AWS, and having the right disaster recovery technology to tie the two together is essential, Benavides said.
"HotLink lets us bring a lot of flexibility to our solution," he said. "And there's no vendor lock-in."
Because of its NetApp storage relationship, Day1's customers have a large number of virtual machines and, until HotLink, had no easy way to move them to Amazon, Benavides said.
"HotLink provides the tools to help customers of NetApp and VMware to extend to the Amazon cloud," he said. "This includes FlexPod customers. If such customers want to leverage Amazon, this is our tool to help them do it."
HotLink also provides single-pane-of-glass management to disaster recovery, making it easy to work with the Amazon cloud, Benavides said.
"It enables us to bring in value-added services, and move the conversation to around how to adopt cloud services," he said. "The alternative has been native Amazon tool sets for virtual machine input into Amazon. Those tools are OK, but they're not fast."
HotLink DR Express is available with a list price of $300 per virtual machine per year.
PUBLISHED FEB. 25, 2014