EMC Gives Exchange Users New Disaster Recovery Tools

Thursday Mar 18th 2010 by Paul Shread
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EMC taps into a Microsoft API to offer new data replication, disaster recovery and storage networking tools.

EMC (NYSE: EMC) has unveiled new data replication, disaster recovery and storage networking tools for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environments.

The new offerings use Microsoft APIs in Exchange Server 2010 to integrate with EMC replication and data recovery tools. EMC claims to be the first put the Exchange Server 2010 Replication API to work.

Among the new offerings, EMC Replication Enabler for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is a software utility that integrates synchronous replication into the Exchange 2010 high-availability architecture. It supports EMC RecoverPoint Continuous Replication and EMC MirrorView Remote Synch replication for Clariion systems, and is free for EMC customers.

EMC AutoStart offers heterogeneous application infrastructure monitoring and automated restart for Exchange 2010 and other environments on EMC Symmetrix and Clariion storage arrays, particularly for those with geographically dispersed data centers. AutoStart gauges replication status and maintains availability in the event of network, server, or application failures and offers both local and remote failover. The feature requires a separate AutoStart model at a cost to users.

EMC Replication Manager creates, mounts and restores consistent point-in-time replicas of databases residing on EMC storage arrays. It now includes support for Exchange 2010 in standalone and native Microsoft Database Availability Group (DAG) environments, and is free for Replication Manager customers with a maintenance contract.

EMC said the new features also ease disaster recovery management in both Exchange and storage area network (SAN) environments.

Bob Madaio, EMC's global alliance director, said EMC Consulting also offers a number of services to help users with issues like Exchange migration and upgrades and Microsoft Unified Communications. The company boasts more than 600 Microsoft specialists, he said. The services are aimed at customers with 500 seats to more than 80,000.

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