Continuity Software adds IT resilience assurance for software defined infrastructure with AvailabilityGuard 7.3

Continuity Software, provider of proactive IT resilience assurance solutions, enhanced this week capabilities for software-defined infrastructure with support for Dell EMC ScaleIO and VMware NSX, as part of AvailabilityGuard 7.3. This new version can identify misconfigurations that until now, would go unnoticed.

Dell EMC ScaleIO allows customers to create a server-based storage area network (SAN) from local application server storage using existing customer hardware. With AvailabilityGuard 7.3, ScaleIO customers ensure that no new single-points-of-failure, including risks to data and availability, are introduced when using advanced software-defined storage and hyper converged technologies.

For instance, when using ScaleIO fault units, AvailabilityGuard 7.3 will guarantee that there is no physical dependency between units, and that no data is mirrored in the same fault unit. This removes the possibility of introducing any single-points-of-failure to data and availability, guaranteeing that if the whole fault unit should fail, customer data is never lost.

AvailabilityGuard 7.3 also provides support for VMware NSX, a network virtualization platform for the software-defined data center. With this added support, AvailabilityGuard 7.3 can collect information from vSphere and scan for potential risks, such as inconsistent transport zones and readiness of Distributed Logical Router (DLR) on all clusters, avoiding downtime and data loss.

Additional enhancements include a data protection report that allows customers to understand the system’s data protection status. Based on the system’s environment scan, IT resilience architecture and protection methods, AvailabilityGuard 7.3 automatically suggests service level agreement (SLA) policies. This new report allows customers to immediately identify any problems with the system’s protection and to verify what percentage of the system and data is at risk.

“With the new version of AvailabilityGuard, our customers can continue to enjoy the agility and cost savings that software defined infrastructure offer without worrying about single-points-of-failure and risks associated with each individual component and layer,” said Gil Hecht, CEO of Continuity Software. “We continue to advance our products in order to support the most innovative technologies to provide our customers with IT resilience.”

Last December, Continuity Software announced enhanced operational capabilities for Cisco UCS users, which were part of the AvailabilityGuard version 7.2.3.

With that version, AvailabilityGuard will be able to identify the latest risks unique to Cisco UCS environments and give organizations the ability to visualize the UCS environment (chassis, blades, internal networking, and service profiles) to see how it connects to the rest of the IT environment, as well as what workloads it runs.  

The new version will also allow organizations to continually validate that the environment is correctly configured, making sure that Cisco’s best practices for maximum redundancy and resiliency are met; no single points of failure are introduced, either at the infrastructure level or in the way virtual workloads are configured (e.g., profiles correctly guarantee blades are using redundant fabrics, physical clusters are well distributed between each chassis, virtual machine affinity rules are correctly designed and implemented, and much more); and that the experiences of dozens of real-world UCS users are incorporated.


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