ReliableDR from PHD Virtual, now Unitrends is an application that “helps assure business continuity by automating the disaster recovery process to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of fail over, fail back and testing. Now you can certify your VMs will recover as planned, and within corresponding SLAs.” That’s the marketing version, what does it mean for an engineer/administrator? Its a tool that allows you to test your DR plan, pretty straight and simple, then when you actually need to perform your DR plan it provides the tools needed to automate that process as well as the process to fail back, which is generally the harder process of the two!
Installing ReliableDR was amazingly simple and complete, you will need a Windows 2008 OS or greater; you can’t install on Win7 for example, and from there the installer handles all of the dependencies such as .NET 4.0 and IIS 7. I haven’t come across many applications recently where even the installation process was so well done and documented.
Once the installation is complete there will be a ReliableDR shortcut on the desktop which will connect you to the web UI, the default username is Admin / password.
Once you are logged in, you do need to hop around a bit as no wizard was presented, but its a very straight forward process to configure.
Now you are all set to run your first test! Just click on the job, click the Actions button and select Run Test. You will see the status of your replication and….
In less than an hour I installed the product, configured for my environment and was able to successfully test a DR scenario. I can’t think of many tasks that only occupy and hour of your time at work that are more worthwhile than building a DR solution, ReliableDR makes it that easy!
You can find all the current documentation at https://phdreliabledr.zendesk.com/entries/24880616-ReliableDR-Installation-and-Configuration-Guide
As I caught up on my morning email, I received the announcement from Unitrends that they have agreed to acquire PHD Virtual, makers of ReliableDR. Having been exposed recently to both Unitrends Enterprise Backup and PHD Virtual’s ReliableDR I am very excited about the possibilities and future for both products.
Unitrends Enterprise Backup is very easy to use and configure, even with some bugs in their software dedup (any PostgreSQL experts at PHD Virtual?) and adding a robust DR product is very exciting.
Congratulations to the folks at PHD Virtual and at Unitrends for adding a great product to their portfolio. You can read the official announcement here.
Sharing a new tool from PHD Virtual, that will help in your Disaster Recovery planning and execution.
PHD Virtual has released today a free Recovery Time Calculator to quickly and automatically calculate how long it will take to recover virtual machines and critical applications in the event of an outage or disaster.
Dubbed the RTA Calculator, for the ‘Recovery Time Actual’ estimate it provides, PHD’s free tool can be easily downloaded and then immediately provides visibility into what your organization’s actual VM recovery time would be in the event of an outage.
The RTA Calculator has a built-in wizard to connect to VMware. Once installed you are prompted to select the VMs you wish to time for an RTA estimate, and set the appropriate boot order. The RTA Calculator will then take a snapshot and create linked clones for each VM. Due to the use of snapshotting and linked clones, the VM creation process is very quick.
The tool then simply powers up the VMs and times the process, calculating the total time it will take to recover that grouping of VMs – it’s that simple! This gives you an accurate Recovery Time Actual you can use to compare to your Recovery Time Objective and determine if you’ll be able to adhere to your SLAs.
Run the RTA tool as often as needed to produce an estimate with different production loads.
What You’ll Need
Like all PHD Virtual products, the RTA Calculator is highly effective while still maintaining ease of use. It requires no training or product documentation. All you need to know is contained within in this short video demonstration
Other than that just ensure you meet the following 3 requirements
Download the FREE tool here: http://www.phdvirtual.com/free/rta-calculator
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Today PHD Virtual announced the release of PHD Virtual Backup v6.5 and ReliableDR v3.2. I had the luxury of playing with both releases prior to their launch this past week. I have to say that PHD Virtual is delivering a solid product. In addition to checking out the products, I was also checking out how well I was treated if I had a support problem. As much as we would love to have everything go smoothly, it¹s just not the case in life. I found PHD’s support staff to be responsive and very professional while interacting with me. My initial request for help was met with-in a few hours and problem solved in matter of minutes.
What my problem was
For those that beta test products you know things don’t always work and I wasn’t aware of that PHD management consoles aren’t compatible with different versions of their products.
I wasn’t able to configure my host settings in the console. Reason being I was on a newer version VBA and an older version of management console. Simple problem and resolved quickly. But the response and treatment from PHD Virtual support in my problem was a great experience and for that alone I would recommend them.
What’s been added or changed
New in PHD Virtual Backup v6.5:
New in ReliableDR v3.2 includes:
Now let’s also note that there is plans for Hyper-V support on the road map.
You can also check out their recorded session from the #vBrownbag Tech Talks
Since I started working with PHD Virtual I have enjoyed watching the products grow and see how the company takes customer service serious. They engage with it’s customers on all levels and listen to their needs and try to incorporate that back into the functionality of their products. If you are thinking of backup solution for your company you definitely should give PHD Virtual a look.
Over the last few months I have had more and more conversations with individuals and businesses around Disaster Recovery and being prepared for it. I checked out PHD Virtual’s acquisition of Reliable DR and just tonight had Jonathan Frappier covering how to use social media in your DR / BCP plans. With the weather being crazy over the last few years you have to be prepared.
Last week I received the press release below. (under the Shared Press Release section)
Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Survey
It took me about 8 minutes to go through the 33 questions on the survey.
Visit http://drbenchmark.org/ and click on take the free survey to begin.
You are brought to the survey to start
If you select to continue on you will start the survey.
33 questions later you are done. Having done the survey 33 questions actually only took me about 8 minutes.
Once you complete the questions you are given a DR grade.
As you can see I graded a “F”
I thought it was a simple survey, easy to take and I like how you can go in and take survey again if you change something in your plan.
Shared Press Release
July 17, 2013 –
As recent cyber-attacks and natural disaster events have shown, the need for IT disaster recovery preparedness has never been greater. However, research indicates that less than half of all companies have a disaster recovery plan in place, and even fewer have actually tested their plans to see if they will work as expected.
This need to uncover the value of disaster recovery planning and testing, as well as gain a better understanding of DR best practices to make preparedness more cost-effective and efficient was the driving force behind a recently created Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council. Formed by IT business, government and academic leaders to address these issues, its mission is to increase DR Preparedness awareness, and improve DR practices.
The DRP Council has developed an online Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark (DRPB) Survey. The survey is designed to give business continuity, disaster recovery, compliance audit and risk management professionals a measure of their own preparedness in recovering critical IT systems running in virtual environments.
Founding members of the DRP Council include:
“Users can now benchmark their own disaster recovery preparedness and find out real answers on how they would be able to get their IT systems up and running within a realistic time-frame to meet stringent business requirements,” said Steve Kahan, Chairman of the DRP Council. “Just 10 minutes of their time will provide them with some immediate feedback and a benchmark score that rates your DR preparedness with other companies that have participated.”
“I am unsure if our current best practices are the best or most efficient ways to deliver our SLA,” said Darren Hirons, Principal Systems Engineer, UK Health & Social Information Centre. “Learning about best practices through the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark could help us learn new ways to shorten the SLAs and deliver better service to our businesses.”
The DRPB survey provides a benchmarking score from 0-100 that measures the implementation of IT disaster recovery best practices. DRPB benchmarking scores parallel the grading system familiar to most students in North America whereby a score of 90-100 is an “A” or superior grade; 80-89 is a “B” or above average grade; 70-79 is a “C” or average grade and 60-69 is a “D” or unsatisfactory grade. Below 60, rates as an “F”, or failing grade.
Disaster recovery Preparedness Council: http://drbenchmark.org/about-us/our-council/
Disaster Recovery Benchmark Test: http://drbenchmark.org/benchmark-survey/survey-overview/
About the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council
The DRPC is an independent research group engaged in IT disaster recovery management, research, and benchmarking in order to deliver practical guidance for how to improve Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. www.drbenchmark.org
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I like to share information with my readers, I found the survey to be non invasive and simple to complete. I did like receiving an immediate response with a grade.