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.
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.
I got word of a contest and wanted to share it with you all. Having done some reviews of PHD Virtual‘s products for them figured I would share this as well.
PHD Virtual is giving away a 1 – Year License and Support for that product.
How to Enter
Entering is simple just download one of the products! There isn’t even a stipulation you have to use it.
Visit this Link and download.
The Give away is running from June 18th 2013 until Midnight August 31st 2013
They are doing a drawing each month
I love sharing contests with everyone as I love winning stuff. If you know a legitamte contest let me know and i will do a post for it.
A few weeks back PHD Virtual acquired VirtualSharp, mainly for their ReliableDR product. The other day I attended a webinar on the product which is quite impressive, I can see why PHD Virtual made the choice to acquire them. Disaster Recovery testing is expensive. Gartner cites it aprx. $30-$40K with some costing about $100k in estimates*. *Source
How often would your company do DR testing if that is the cost of it? Would you run tests every hour? Could you run it as often as you want? I’m guessing no. My wife would kill me if I was to say I need to spend $100k once let alone multiple times a day. ( My wife is the CFO for Blurt Media Group)
Taken from documentation I received
ReliableDR for VMware from PHD Virtual automates the Disaster Recovery process to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of testing. It also enables you to certify your VMs will recover as planned, and within corresponding SLAs.
Here is the comparison chart of the different editions currently available at time of this writing. *editions are subject to change so please check with PHD Virtual for current offerings. Clicking image brings you to their website.
As you can see there are currently three versions, Enterprise, Foundation and Free.
ReliabeDR Standout Features
As you can see from the above image you have both your primary and secondary sites. ReliableDR gets installed on your secondary site and hooks back into primary site.
From there, it creates a sandbox where you run the DR test without affecting your primary site and allows for you to run as many tests as you like. In addition to the ability to test your DR process you also receive reports to provide greater visability on recovery times and expectations. Below is a video going over this architecture.
I was impressed with the functionality and testing capabilities of the product. One of the things I was hoping for is multi hypervisor capabilities. I would think that this is on the road map for the PHD team seeing how more and more IT shops are a mixed shop. The major benefit that I see is the ability to test as often as you like. From this with the CRP (Certified Recover Point) you have good insights on your environment.
This product is definitely worth a look at. It was well worth the hour on a webinar to learn about. You can download ReliableDR for free at www.phdvirtual.com