Unitrends, Comtrade Add Integrated Data Protection For Nutanix HCI Deployments

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Unitrends, a Burlington, Mass.-based developer of physical and virtual enterprise backup and continuity appliances, on Wednesday unveiled integration with Nutanix's API, giving users a way to make sure data on its Nutanix's hyper-converged appliances is backed up and ready for recovery in case of disaster or downtime.

This follows a move earlier this Summer by Comtrade Software, a Boston-based developer of data protection products for hyper-converged infrastructures, which unveiled a purpose-built data protection for the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform the company claims can be deployed in under three minutes.

[Related: Nutanix Introduces Multi-Cloud Capabilities, Extends Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Across The Data Center To Cloud]

Comtrade and Unitrends are joining a number of other vendors, including Veeam and Rubrik, that have recently developed their own data protection technologies targeting easy integration with Nutanix.

Unitrends updated its Recovery series backup appliances and its Unitrends Backup virtual appliances with hypervisor integration for the Nutanix AHV, or Acropolis Hypervisor, said Joe Noonan, vice president of product management for Unitrends.

Unitrends offers disaster recovery as-a-service, with either its own cloud, Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, Noonan told CRN. Its data protection technology integrates with VMware, Microsoft and Citrix hypervisors – and now Nutanix AHV.

"That covers all the hypervisors that work with Nutanix," he said. "We make it easier for partners to sell Nutanix by covering all the hypervisors supported by the company."

With the Nutanix AHV integration, partners can quickly put together a complete data protection or disaster recovery solution for Nutanix hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, said Alex Alvarez, senior vice president of worldwide channels at Unitrends.

This can be done using the Nutanix Recovery series hardware appliance or the Unitrends Backup virtual appliances, Alvarez told CRN.

The hardware appliances offer a lower cost integration, but some customers may prefer to run the Unitrends technology as a virtual machine on the Nutanix appliances, he said.

"Customers already invested in the Nutanix hardware may want to add the Unitrends virtual machines," Alvarez said. "It's perfect for backups. However, the virtual appliances need significantly less performance than what the Nutanix hardware provides. If the virtual machines are running on the Nutanix hardware, they will use capacity and performance that could be used for Tier 1 applications, like Oracle."

Unitrends channel partners should find connecting the Nutanix appliances to Unitrends' own cloud a better offering than connecting to AWS or Azure, Noonan said. In most cases, the Unitrends storage cloud provides the ability to move higher volumes of data to the cloud at a lower cost than public clouds, and it allows partners provide money-back SLAs (service level agreements), he said.

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