Continuity Software Adds AvailabilityGuard/SAN to Portfolio
Aug 29, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Continuity Software announced it has expanded its family of service availability risk management solutions with the addition of AvailabilityGuard/SAN.
According to a release, the new software solution detects downtime and data loss risks across the entire Storage Area Network (SAN), further ensuring that data protection and business continuity goals are consistently met.
Continuity Software reported that the modern SAN has become very complex, made up of numerous vendors' technologies and managed by multiple teams. Keeping up with hundreds of instruction pages published regularly by each storage, server, HBA, multipathing, virtualization, and other vendors at all times is essentially impossible for any IT team. Configuration errors that violate vendor best practices are practically inevitable in this environment.
Compounding the challenge for IT teams, the company noted, with frequent changes made across the environment and no single universal management tool, changes originating in one area of the infrastructure are often not carried through to completion across other areas that are managed by other teams.
AvailabilityGuard/SAN offers visualization that allows IT teams to coordinate activities across domains. Drawing on the strength of a community-supported knowledgebase containing thousands of potential risks, the software proactively detects risks, validates vendor best practices, and ensures the configuration is optimized. AvailabilityGuard/SAN features:
-Automatic daily verification of the SAN fabric
-Validation that configuration changes do not introduce downtime and/or data loss risks
-Impact review of configuration changes prior to deployment
-Clear visibility into SAN configuration
"Indeed, we see this at customer sites on a daily basis. Given the vast range of vendor technologies combined with ever-changing conditions, maintaining complete visibility and control has seemed like an unattainable ideal," said William Weber, President and CEO, Market Experts, a Continuity Software value-added distributor. "The scary part is however, that many customers are unaware of just how 'out-of-control' their environment is, until it's too late." He continued, "Continuity Software's AvailabilityGuard/SAN will provide a welcome relief."
"One of our most popular services is a one-week health check using AvailabilityGuard. We scan up to 500 ports / 100 physical servers, with the results summarized in a complete risk analysis report," said Doron Pinhas, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Continuity Software. "100 percent of those assessed to-date have uncovered gaps and other vulnerabilities they were completely unaware of, many associated with critical systems." He continued, "By providing customers with automated daily verification, complete visualization and comprehensive reporting and analysis, AvailabilityGuard/SAN reduces data loss and downtime risks by over 90 percent, thereby ensuring the highest levels of data protection and service availability possible, while also significantly increasing the overall efficiency of their SAN fabric."
Continuity Software is a provider of service availability risk management solutions.
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