Disaster Recovery Accelerated with "Virtualize Me"by Phil Curran

Monday, September 24, 2012

Guest post by Phil Curran

It's that time of year again. Hurricanes continue to churn in the Gulf of Mexico – threatening to blast another big city U.S. city. Wildfires blaze out of control on the west coast and in Colorado. Meanwhile, typhoon season in the Far East is peaking for another year. And we seem to be seeing even more frequent incidences of earthquakes – you can even look it up on the USGS website. These disasters certainly make you pause for a second and ask a few basic questions about preparedness. Does your business have a plan in case the unthinkable does occur? How do you manage through it and recover quickly? These are all critical questions to be asking.

So it is timely to cover the topic of disaster recovery as it is certainly top of mind for many businesses and IT organizations. There are already many good and comprehensive overviews for why DR is important, how to go about planning and implementing and overall DR solution. I don't want to bore you with yet another step by step methodology.

Instead I'd like to introduce you an extremely cool capability built into CommVault Simpana software that dramatically simplifies the process of running DR operations we call "Virtualize Me". This capability was a hit at VMworld 2012 San Francisco.

As the name indicates, the heart of "Virtualize Me" is the ability to run an automated physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion starting from a system state backup copy as the source and leveraging any instance VMware vSphere at the DR site. At a high level, running "Virtualize Me" for Disaster Recovery operations and test is essentially a two-step process:

  1. Create a system state backup copy with CommVault Simpana 1-Touch: The 1-Touch process generates a backup image file in an .iso format that captures all data on the servers and storage being protected, including OS, drivers, etc.
  2. Run "Virtualize Me": This process starts with the .iso image created from 1-Touch. Then leveraging deep integration with VMware vCenter, new VMs are automatically provisioned, created and powered on. The data from the bare metal copy is use to automatically populate the new VMs with OS, application and user data.
Virtualize Me: 1-Touch Boot CD Wizard Virtualize Me: 1-Touch - CommCell Browser

But enough describing what "Virtualize Me" is. I think the best way to experience it is to see it in action. So we've got a nice little demo prepared for you.

And if the demo peaks your interest, our friends at long time CommVault partner Lewan & Associates have already created a nice detailed step-by-step walk through of the entire "Virtualize Me" process.

And you can find detailed documentation on "Virtualize Me" on the CommVault website.

Drop me a line at pcurran@commvault.com or on Twitter at @PhilJCurran.

Phil Curran is the Director of Product Marketing for CommVault.


The content of this blog reflects the thoughts and opinions of the author, and does not represent the thoughts, opinions, plans or strategies of CommVault Systems, Inc. ("CommVault") and CommVault undertakes no obligation to update, correct or modify any statements made by the author of this blog. Any and all third party links provided by this blog are not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, CommVault.

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Phil Curran

Phil Curran is Director of Product Marketing for CommVault Infrastructure Solutions. In this role Phil has spent the last several years working with CommVault customers to define and deploy industry-leading data management solutions for the burgeoning virtual and cloud-based infrastructures.

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