Marathon Technologies Corporation, a provider of automated, fault tolerant-class availability solutions for virtual and physical environments, just launced everRun CDP. This software extends the capability Marathon’s everRunTM family of availability software by allowing data stored in remote locations to be protected. Marathon told me that its goal was to dramatically reduce or completely eliminate downtime that can be attributed to system, storage or network connection failures. The product provides added protection from catastrophic failure by capturing and replicating application data across any distance, in real-time.
Snapshot analysisOver time it is clear that virtual systems (based upon either virtual machine software or operating system virtualization technology), when combined with tools such as VMware Vmotion or Citrix XenSource's XENmotion, are beginning to take on many of the characteristics that made high availability or single system image clustering products so helpful. As this evolution occurs organizations must address making the storage that contains their critical applications and data equally virtual.
This need is being addressed at several levels including in network attached storage subsystems and in virtual storage software such as everRun CDP. Depending upon the need, both solutions can be workable.
What makes this announcement interesting is that it offers quite a high level of availability without requiring organizations purchase expensive storage servers, drivers for those storage servers, management software for those storage servers and replication software for that environment. I'm thinking that this approach would be appealing to many organizations.