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Backup appliance - virtualization

Looking for a backup to disk appliance that will, in turn replicate to cloud and also act as a virtual server if the server goes down.
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
try Cloudswitch it will do that for you.

Trials available,

it's a Virtual Appliance available for download, that will replicate your existing Virtual Machines to the Cloud.


It's not a Backup Product though.

If you want a backup to disk appliance for VMware (for virtual machines), I would try VMware vDR or phd Virtual.
Derf238Author Commented:
hanccocka -
Thank you for your response. I am not trying to replicate virtual machines. I want a backup to disk appliance, in house, for a single server. This appliance should be able to be activated as a virtualized version of the original until it comes back on line. Zenith Infotech markets a BDR appliance like this. I am looking for who else may have something like this.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Just saw a presentation on HeroWare - but you have to buy through an authorized vendor.
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Derf238Author Commented:
Leew - Thanks. this is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. I'm hoping there are a few more leads to competitive products but this does fit the bill
It does look like Heroware does what you've outlined -- but what happens if you get a virus or accidental overwrite of a file on your primary server: is the problem replicated to your "backup" server as well?  How do you recover then?

What I like about backup as opposed to some kind of server or storage mirroring, is that the data in a backup is safe from normal business access, so it serves as an independent restore source to allow you to recover from errors, virus, malice, etc.

That said, I know nothing of Heroware other than what I scanned on their web site; maybe it protects even in these cases.   The thing to ascertain is how long you can be protected (a week?  a month?) and if that's long enough for your business requirements.

Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
> but what happens if you get a virus or accidental overwrite of a file on your primary server
Why are you not using Volume Shadow Copy?  

Further, HeroWare leverages DoubleTake which allows you to restore to different times.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Just saw another thing you might want to check into... not quite the same... http://www.appassure.com/
Derf238Author Commented:
Leew - You get the points. I had hoped to get info on more like this but this your was the only one
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