Briefing Note: Rovius provides the Mobility to realize Virtual Platform and Cloud Freedom

With the move towards software-defined infrastructures and commodity-based hardware, companies are getting used to freedom and flexibility in IT. They also expect that freedom in the cloud, including the ability to move between platforms, clouds and hypervisors easily as they implement flexible infrastructures to support data protection, DR and other essential IT functions. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been that easy. But Accelerite is trying to change that with technology designed to provide the mobility that’s required to transition between clouds, platforms, providers or locations.

When we speak with IT professionals Storage Switzerland finds that companies are concerned about not being able to leverage multiple platforms or hypervisors easily. They can’t move VMs to address security or capacity requirements and there is an overall need to make administration easier. We also find IT professionals concerned that they can’t migrate data between clouds, essentially locking them into one provider, because migration was much more complicated than just moving data – and moving data is hard enough.

Accelerite’s Rovius is a data and application replication engine focused on the virtual environment, that’s designed to provide mobility across platforms within a data center or between cloud providers or locations. The Rovius replication engine runs in a hardened VM, replicating from one entity to another, private-to-public, public-to-public or public-to-private, and handling all the platform conversion automatically.

They do this by orchestrating the often-complex processes involved in migrating data in a protection group, the logical grouping of applications that are dependent upon each other to maintain integrity to a specific point in time. This includes full run book support with the advanced scripting and subcommands required to start up multi-tiered applications in a particular sequence in order to recreate that protection group.

DR Use Case

One use case is DR, where a company needs to migrate production applications to an off-site data center, keep them updated over time and be able to bring them up in short window. This typically requires complex planning and a dozen or more tools that are designed for the storage system, the platform and the application, plus a sophisticated plan for restarting multiple systems in the right sequence. Many enterprise IT services are deployed through a service catalog, but most don’t include DR because they can’t automate what’s been essentially an ad-hoc process.

Rovius has the sophisticated orchestration required to make complex DR projects work. It’s sold to larger enterprises and integrated into existing service catalogs and also sold to mid-market companies through channel partners and service providers.

Cloud or Platform Migration

In addition to DR, mobility between clouds is another strong use case for Rovius. In these situations, companies often start off with a cloud deployment that works well for them, but eventually get to the point where they want a different cloud environment, maybe one they control or own. In a similar vein, companies often start off with a VMware environment and over time add other hypervisors, but find their lack of platform mobility is creating silos within the data center. These are the scenarios that Rovius was designed for, to provide the mobility that’s needed in the virtualized data center to realize the benefits of the cloud model.

StorageSwiss Take

We often talk about the “agile” data center, an environment that can adapt to the ever-changing demands of the business. At its core agility requires mobility but it’s difficult to move virtual applications between clouds or even between platforms in the data center. This lack of mobility has reduced overall efficiency and created a ‘stickiness’ with cloud deployments, a problem that cloud providers are aware of but, for potentially self-serving reasons, are in no hurry to fix. Accelerite’s Rovius looks like a solution to this mobility problem, one that may help companies realize the freedom and flexibility that sold them on virtualization and the cloud to begin with.

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Eric is an Analyst with Storage Switzerland and has over 25 years experience in high-technology industries. He’s held technical, management and marketing positions in the computer storage, instrumentation, digital imaging and test equipment fields. He has spent the past 15 years in the data storage field, with storage hardware manufacturers and as a national storage integrator, designing and implementing open systems storage solutions for companies in the Western United States.  Eric earned degrees in electrical/computer engineering from the University of Colorado and marketing from California State University, Humboldt.  He and his wife live in Colorado and have twins in college.

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