By John Farrell, Product Manager
Last week, our Senior Manager of Product Management, Matt Kowalski, gave you an overview of the new features in our Fall Release ’13. This week, I’d like to walk through one of the most important additions to our product this release, one that should be a big help to partners using our VMware backup solution.
That feature is our added support for VMware clustered environments. Many of our partners use VMware host clusters every day, and we even use them in our own internal VMware environment. We wanted to make sure that our product supported VMs stored in this environment, enabling our partners to consolidate their VMware backup under one data storage solution.
Host clusters are a great way to manage resources because they allow for load balancing across VM hosts in the same cluster. They also take advantage High Availability, a failover feature where if one host goes down, the VMs on it can easily be started up on another host in the same cluster.
Clusters also enable the use vMotion, a live migration tool within VMware that automatically moves VMs across hosts – for example, when you need to performance maintenance – without having to power them down.
Moving forward, partners who back up VMware with Intronis will be able to see, select, and back up virtual machines that live on hosts in clusters. (See the screenshot below for a view of host clusters in our management portal.) You’ll also be able to restore VMs to a host in a cluster using our Standard VMware backup solution, and if you use QuickSpin, you can create and restore a Recovery VM on clustered hosts.
We also improved QuickSpin to accommodate this feature addition. Prior to the Fall Release, a QuickSpin backup set only allowed you to set one destination host for each Recovery VM within that set. If you wanted to set different destinations for each VM, you would have to create unique backup sets.
We’ve now enabled the ability to define unique destination hosts for multiple VMs within a single backup set. And to provide partners with the benefit of high availability, we will automatically track if a Recovery VM is moved to a different host and update the appropriate QuickSpin backup set with the new destination host details.
For example, you can make it so that Recovery VMs A, B, and C live on Host 1, while Recovery VMs D, E, and F reside on Host 2, all from the same backup set.
We think our added support for host clusters brings Intronis one step closer to being the only VMware backup solution our partners will need. It’s all about helping you save time managing your backups and save money by eliminating the need for multiple solutions.
I’ll demo our updated VMware support and walk current Intronis partners through our Fall Release updates in a Partner-Exclusive webinar this Friday, November 1. So if you want to get a firsthand look at this update in action, be sure to register for the event by clicking the image below.
If you’re not a current Intronis partner, you can gain a first-hand look at the new features of the Fall Release ’13 and receive an overview of our cloud backup solution in a webinar next week with Senior Solutions Engineer Nathan Bradbury. Register for that webinar by clicking the image below.
Stay tuned for another Fall Release '13 preview blog post next week from Smitty Kirsten, our VP of UXD Design. He'll blog about the redesigned selection interface that will make the creation of backup sets in Intronis even easier. And read Matt Kowalski's Fall Release overview to learn about the other ways we made Intronis better.