“This week’s “Vendorwag” is with the folks at Double-Take Software. Specifically, with Ian Masters
of DoubleTake. Ian is UK Sales and Marketing Director at Double-Take Software, and has been
advising organisations on their requirements for business continuity, disaster recovery and backup
for over a decade. He has a wide background in the virtualisation, storage and high availability
space, working across multiple platforms. Recently, he has also entered into the world of desktop
virtualisation following the launch of Double-Take Flex.
As for me I’ve been looking increasingly at availability technologies in recent weeks – as I write
thought pieces for TechTarget on the subject, and also prepare for presentation at this year’s
VMworld. In case you don’t know I will be speaking about VMware Site Recovery Manager. In case you
don’t know that’s:
VMware Site Recovery Manager: Misconceptions and Misconfigurations
In the session, Mike Laverick (author of the only two books on VMware SRM) will discuss popular
misunderstandings about what is possible for a configuration of SRM, and popular misunderstandings
about the product. Drawing from his book, Mike will outline some of the limitations that SRM
possess, and how you can work around these with a combination of PowerCLI and SDK. Finally, Mike
will discuss what he thinks future versions of SRM will attempt to deliver, and how thinks the
technology will evolve in the next 5 years.
So when the “Session Builder” opens in the next couple of days/weeks – be sure to track me down and
add me to schedule. I understand folks will be able to walk along and drop into any session without
pre-booking. So please make me your chosen destination. I hope to make folks laugh and think –
back to Double-Take. My vendorwag was quite wide-ranging, and it asked the following
Some people might say Double-Take is very rich on the in-guest services, but less so at the
virtualization layer – what would you say to that?
Double-Take “Move” is similar to tools like PlateSpin’s Recon – what made Double-Take want to get
into this area that is already well populated by free tools, and software from virtualization
What is “Double-Take for Virtual Hosts” and why might a customer pick Double-Take over say VMware
Site Recovery Manager.
Double-Take for Virtual Hosts – offers real-time replication for Hyper-V, but not for ESX. Do you
have plans to take the product in this direction?
Double-Take Backup – does it support de-duplication and back-up of virtual machine files? Do you
plan to add this functionality.