I've spoken with the folks at Racemi many times in the past to discuss enhancements made to the company's DynaCenter backup/recovery/system migration software. DynaCenter 4.2 was the topic of conversation this time. Racemi has added the ability for Windows images to be moved to/from several cloud service provider's offerings.
Here's what Racemi has to say about DynaCenter
“Our software technology fully automates migration of server workloads with no application changes and no performance impact,” said James Strayer, vice president of product management, Racemi. “It is without a doubt the easiest, fastest way to move workloads to or from clouds.”
Racemi makes its DynaCenter software available to cloud and IT software management partners to incorporate into their product offerings providing an easy way to add cloud-ready capabilities to offerings.
Workloads are migrated to the cloud by comparing the configurations of the source and destination servers, and then configuring the necessary cloud tools, virtual machine components, disk, and network layout "in-flight" to ensure that the image can be run on the target cloud platform. Unlike other technologies, Racemi’s image-based provisioning software does not require modifications to the application.
With the automation capabilities in the DynaCenter software, significant time can be saved migrating to the CA AppLogic platform. Web hosting companies, managed service providers and cloud providers that leverage the AppLogic platform can accelerate their implementations and migrations while dramatically reducing their costs.
Racemi DynaCenter started life as a backup/disaster recovery product. The product offered a powerful set of capabilities that made it possible for system images to be moved from physical to physical, physical to virtual and virtual to physical configurations. It addressed the challenges of updating device drivers, configuration files, as well as both networking and storage settings to that the image would execute properly in its new environment. This, by the way, is no simple task. It made sense that the company would extend DynaCenter's capabilities to move images into and out of cloud environments as well.
Racemi picked Amazon EC2, GoGrid, Rackspace and Terremark's environments to be the first to receive the DynaCenter treatment. I have no doubt that other cloud providers will be added to this list over time.
If your organization is considering moving some workloads from your physical or virtual workloads to a cloud computing supplier's environment, DynaCenter should be on your short list of products to consider.