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QLogic's 10 GbE Hardware, Veeam's Virtualization Software to be Combined in Infrastructure Solutions

April 08, 2015

QLogic announced recently that it was working with Veeam to create network infrastructure solutions that use 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) with virtualized environments. These solutions will allow customers to provide resources with minimal downtime and facilitate rapid backups and restorations of data.

Aliso Viejo, California-based QLogic Corp. develops networking hardware including adapters, switches and ASICs. Its 8400 Series 10GbE converged network adaptors support virtualized environments like the ones in the combined solution with Veeam. Veeam Software is based in Baar, Switzerland and develops the Veeam Availability Suite (VAS), which includes Veeam Backup and Replication (VBR).

According to a video produced by Veeam, one of the biggest problems companies face is something it refers to as the ‘availability gap’. Companies have been quick to adopt the latest in technologies with virtualization, advanced storage systems, and the cloud, but often use legacy backup systems that weren’t designed for a modern data center. These systems work fine when there are no problems, but when a system goes down and needs to be restored, the process can take hours. This is extremely costly in any IT system, especially one that supports remote employees and e-commerce.

Veeam claims that the typical company meets its recovery time objectives (RTO) only 43 percent of the time, but with VAS, this increases to 96 percent. One of its customers is Flybe, an airline company that had a maintenance application crash on one occasion, but had the application back up and running in two minutes thanks to an instant recovery solution.

Another success story comes from Chelsea Groton Bank. It used to take 12 hours to bring up its Active Directory and a half-terabyte database with a legacy system. Now, it takes only five minutes to have Active Directory running and only 10 minutes for the database to start up. To give some perspective, the half-terabyte database would be hundreds of times larger than many feature films.

Veeam’s objective is to have companies improve their recovery time and point objectives (RTPO) to below 15 minutes. This software cannot do its job without hardware that performs at the highest level like QLogic’s 8400 Series of adaptors. If they work as advertised, these products will allow companies to limit their downtime through rapid restorations that support big data environments. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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