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Release: Platespin Forge

Posted by Gerben on 18/1/2008

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Platespin announced the release of Platespin Forge, a device used for recovery of physical and virtual servers. It is a Hardware appliance with Virtualized Disaster Recovery aiming at the SMB-market.

A closer look reveals that it’s DELL hardware with VMware’s VI3 (probably 3i?). The hardware configuration consists of a quad-core dual processor 2,6 GHz, 16 GB of RAM memory, 6 GB ethernet nic’s and 2,5 TB of SATA storage with RAID-5. Platespin says it can protect 25 workloads with one appliance.

Where does it fit in the current market of Backup and DR-solutions:

http://www.platespin.com/products/forge/whereitfits.aspx

The list of workloads that can be protected is limited to this list:

Workload Operating
Systems Support

  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Windows 2003 Server
  • Windows 2003 Server R2
  • Windows XP Professional (SP2)

In the event of production server downtime or a disaster, administrators are automatically alerted via email. Notification messages enable context-sensitive actions that can be performed simply by clicking a link within the email from a PC, Blackberry® or other mobile device.

Platespin’s uses the technology of it’s well known product PowerConvert to make identical copies of physical (P2V) or virtual (V2V) machines which incase of recovery can be restored back on the same or different hardware (V2P) or even on a production virtual environment (V2V again).

The product was released in America on the 15th of January, unfortunately Europe has to wait until april of this year.

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