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HP Helion adds new cloud DR capabilities

HP Helion adds DRaaS support for Oracle RAC and Red Hat clusters, facilitating database replication.

HP has expanded its Helion Continuity Services to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux physical clusters and Oracle real application clusters (RAC) as part of its disaster recovery as a service (DRaas) offering. It also opened five additional hosting centers worldwide.

HP Helion Continuity, formerly called Storage Management Services and Backup Restore Services, is a managed cloud offering that uses HP 3PAR StoreServ and HP StoreOnce Backup systems as the underlying hardware. The services support private, virtual private and public cloud, and include block, file and object storage along with backup services.

Alejandro Froyo, HP's global director of continuity services, said Helion's DRaaS already supported physical and virtual Windows servers and SUSE Enterprise Linux servers. Support for Red Hat and Oracle RAC will help HP replicate relational databases with large batch operations.

"Typically, we see databases that support SAP applications [in Red Hat and Oracle RAC clusters]," Froyo said. "We provide continuity for those workloads that are now in the cloud, with asynchronous replication that can protect on-premises-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud."

HP Helion upgrades include the ability to provision additional storage at the time of recovery and the option to use a dedicated hypervisor for applications that need real-time replication. HP also improved snapshot integration with 3PAR technology.

"We have increased the ability to be more flexible in rehearsals. We added new configurations that give the customer more choices as to the size of the recovery footprint," Froyo said.

Froyo said Helion's DRaaS uses a form of continuous data protection to do replication, which tags data so customers can pick a point in time for recovery.

"That is key when you are dealing with large batch operations," he said.

HP Helion Continuity offers recovery time objectives of one to four hours and recovery point objectives of zero to 15 minutes. It features fast provisioning to have things running within two days of purchase; can be tested with two-day advance scheduling; and is priced comparable to traditional tape-based recovery of a couple years ago, according to the company.

Dana Gardner, president and principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, said HP is moving to support standard IT functions as services that the IT department previously controlled.

"They are all mature enterprise IT functions that are moving to the cloud," he said. "It's a buyer's market right now and choices for customers have to benefit different palates. [Customers] have new options to go to the cloud with enterprise vendors, and it makes it easier for them to take advantage of doing disaster recovery in a way that is cheaper than if you did it yourself."

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