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Actifio's Resiliency Director automates DR testing

The new version of Resiliency Director adds the ability to apply multiple resource pools and port groups to a single recovery plan to streamline DR planning and testing.

Actifio Inc. has upgraded its Resiliency Director to make it easier to set up and test disaster recovery plans...

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The Resiliency Director works in conjunction with Actifio CDS and Actifio Sky copy data management products. Customers use Resiliency Director to set a priority order for the restoration of virtual machines.

The new version adds the ability to apply multiple resource pools and port groups to a single recovery plan. Previously, customers would have to apply a disaster recovery plan to each resource pool that was used to recover systems in the environment.

The software also now allows customers to set up multiple administrative roles for specific operations for a single user. That can benefit large enterprises and service providers with a large number of users involved in a disaster recovery.

The Resiliency Director was upgraded to automate the management of network interface cards (NICs) when creating a DR plan, eliminating the manual process of setting up IPs to each NIC. The software has been enhanced to allow self-service upgrades.

"This becomes extremely important and beneficial for enterprises and service providers," said Chandra Reddy, Actifio's vice president of product marketing.

The Resiliency Director helps cut down on the numerous manual tasks that administrators need to do during and after disaster recovery.

Actifio's Resiliency Director helps cut down on the numerous manual tasks that administrators need to do during and after disaster recovery.

Steven Hill, senior analyst for storage technologies at 451 Research, said Actifio's new automation features can help manage "the small stuff."

"They are standardizing so the testing is not a pain in the butt," Hill said. "The improved security helps a lot because it gives flexibility. It gives administrators great flexibility on what permissions they have, so if you have a complex environment, it standardizes DR plans across multiple pools.

"When you are talking about disaster recovery plans, the small stuff is what gets you in trouble. As infrastructure becomes more disparate, it's harder to manage these environments."

Actifio launched Resiliency Director in 2014 to help coordinate the recovery of compute, network and data for enterprise disaster recovery sites.

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