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Hyper-V Live Migration over Distance Solution: Jointly Architected, Tested and Validated by Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft

by Bob.Braham on ‎06-07-2010 10:55 AM (544 Views)

In today’s environment of natural disasters, power outages, virus outbreaks and other IT interruptions that can bring business to a halt, it’s crucial for companies to have reliable IT solutions that give them always-on access to critical enterprise data. Some companies have learned the hard way – through life experience – that application downtime and data loss can be extremely costly, even to the point of decimating businesses altogether.

In addition, we are seeing companies depend more heavily on data centers that are remote and dispersed. It wasn’t too long ago that doing any type of data replication or migration “over distance” would have been an extremely novel, cutting-edge (and even scary) concept. Today, companies routinely manage systems across the world to gain efficiencies and scale for competitive advantages.

Given the importance of these trends, we are excited today to announce the Hyper-V Live Migration over Distance solution, which has been jointly architected and tested with our partners Hitachi Data Systems and Microsoft. Live Migration over Distance builds on the Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V to take virtual machine (VM) mobility to the next level. This solution provides technology and integration that help organizations to proactively migrate Hyper-V VMs and data across distance, without worrying about user interruption or data loss. This can provide reliable, high performance, predictable VM-mobility for disaster recovery, application workload balancing, routine maintenance, and decommissioning or integration of new data centers.

Brocade provides the virtualization-aware network infrastructure (Brocade Fibre Channel SAN and IP) – and the end-to-end network management capabilities that optimize the environment. There are three advantages to Brocade’s technology for this solution:

  1. The network reliability for this solution should not be underestimated. Brocade’s nonstop networking gives companies a reliable networking solution – without dragging down server performance.
  2. The virtualization-aware element of Brocade’s network means that the network knows when a VM is migrated across servers, and takes appropriate actions for the VM’s network profiles to follow the VM.
  3. Integrated with the toolset provided by Microsoft, Brocade’s management capabilities enable performance monitoring of virtualized workloads and policy-based migration of virtual machines for workload optimization.

Our partners are also supplying key aspects of this solution. Hitachi is providing the storage foundation as well as the storage clustering and synchronous replication software, which enables the movement of the VMs and associated data across distance. And of course, Microsoft’s piece is the Hyper-V virtualized environment, live migration functionality and management.

We think the Microsoft Tech∙Ed 2010 show, taking place this week in New Orleans, is an excellent venue to announce Hyper-V Live Migration over Distance. Brocade is a silver sponsor at the show. If you’re attending, come by and visit us at Booth #501. Also, Brocade is a finalist in the Best of TechEd Awards, so be sure to vote for the Brocade DCX-4S Backbone in the Hardware and Storage category for the Attendees’ Pick Award!

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