Continuity Software battles configuration drift

Continuity Software monitors the configurations of disaster recovery and high availability software to make sure that needed changes have been made everywhere.

The folks at Continuity Software stopped by to introduce themselves and talk about their product, RecoverGuard.

As with other folks presenting their configuration management software, the presentation started with a discussion of how complex distributed, multi-tier, multi-platform, hybrid physical/virtual/cloud computing environments are.

Once they had established that the world is complex, they launched on to talk about how often companies have portions or all of their computing environment fail because changes made to the configuration of one instance of an application or tool that was made in one place were not propagated  to the other instances. This, they point out, can lead to big problems if disaster recovery or high availability software have configuration problems. Software that is designed to manage or prevent failures shouldn't be the cause of a failure.

Continuity Software then focused in on how their software, RecoverGuard, pokes around disaster recovery and high availability software configurations to make sure that everything is configured the same way everywhere in the organization.

There are many suppliers offering tools that assess the configuration settings in an organization's IT infrastructure. Since every organization's configuration, portfolio of tools and staff expertise are unique, it is hard to recommend one tool over the others. Continuity Software appears to have a firm grasp on the problem and appears to have developed a reasonable solution.