Affordable high-performance recovery
PlateSpin Forge® offers you a fast, affordable and complete disaster recovery solution in a single, totally self-contained appliance. Here are a few ways you can use PlateSpin Forge to protect your organization from disasters and data loss.
Protect more workloads in the data center with affordable consolidated recovery
Protect and recover multiple physical and virtual workloads quickly using a single PlateSpin Forge appliance.
With PlateSpin Forge, you can protect workloads across geographically dispersed sites and rapidly recover in the event of server downtime or a site disaster. By using PlateSpin Forge as a consolidated recovery platform, you can protect a larger percentage of your workloads without having to invest in costly duplicate hardware or redundant operating system licenses. In addition to standard file-based replication, high-speed block-level replication options allow you to protect high-transaction workloads, such as email and database servers. Efficient incremental transfers ensure that only changes to source data files are replicated to the PlateSpin Forge remote recovery environment. This feature minimizes WAN usage and lets you efficiently meet recovery time objectives (RTO). PlateSpin Forge also integrates with existing storage area networks, allowing you to seamlessly protect a greater share of workloads across your SAN.
Quickly and easily test the integrity of disaster recovery plans and processes
Gain peace of mind knowing that your recovery plan is sound before a disaster occurs.
According to industry experts, you should test your recovery solution at least every 6 to 12 months. Despite the importance of regular testing, it's often overlooked because it has traditionally been too difficult and too time-consuming. Now, Test Time Objective (TTO), or the speed and ease with which a recovery plan can be tested, is emerging as a key measure of recovery effectiveness. With one-click recovery, PlateSpin Forge makes it easy for you to quickly test the integrity of your replication and recovery plan. To perform a test failover, PlateSpin Forge takes a snapshot of the recovery workload and powers it on within a "fenced off" private internal network. This allows you to quickly validate the recovery plan and related business services with no disruption to the production workload. As soon as the disaster recovery plan has been validated, PlateSpin Forge drops any changes from the recovery workload snapshot and resumes normal workload replication.
Take control with rich monitoring, reporting and actionable alerts
Easily monitor and report on key workload replication and recovery functions.
The PlateSpin Forge web-based interface provides a dashboard that allows you to view the status of your protection plans at all times. You can easily manage, monitor and report on all aspects of your workload protection. This includes:
- Automatic email alerts in the event of production server downtime or disasters.
- Notification messages that include context-sensitive actions. Simply click a link within the email from a PC or mobile device to perform the action.
- Rich reporting features that provide a clear picture of how protection resources are being used.
- The ability to report on actual versus target recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTO and RPO), replication windows and data transfer rates.
- Protection logs that demonstrate successful replication and recovery tests. These logs provide the audit capabilities you need to meet service level agreements and regulatory requirements.
Rapidly recover workloads with one-click failover and flexible restore options
Power on recovery workloads with a single click and restore them to the same or different hardware.
In the event of a production server outage or disaster, PlateSpin Forge makes it easy to recover protected workloads on an individual basis with a single click of the mouse. In these instances, the PlateSpin Forge appliance takes over the workload, so it can continue to run normally while the production environment is being restored. When the production environment is back online, PlateSpin Forge offers flexible options for restoring the workload. If the original production server is repaired and the hardware is intact, you can move the workload from the virtual recovery environment back to the original platform by performing a virtual-to-physical (V2P) workload transfer. If the original hardware cannot be repaired, you can restore the workload with a V2P transfer to new hardware. Workloads can also be easily moved to a virtual production environment. Flexible, hardware-independent restore capabilities also mean you never have to worry about whether the new hardware is the same make, model or configuration as the original. PlateSpin Forge also gives you the flexibility to select multiple recovery points, so you can roll workloads back to any of a number of available recovery states.