Ann Arbor, Mich, March 28th, 2023 — VergeIO, the Ultraconverged Infrastructure (UCI) company, today announced that it is providing a robust disaster recovery solution, IOprotect, for VMware. The solution promises to reduce customer costs by more than 60% and, in most cases, requires no additional hardware while improving recoverability and resiliency.
IOprotect is part of VergeIO’s Ultraconverged Infrastructure (UCI) solution VergeOS and enables customers to take a safe first step of a VMware Exit Strategy. Customers can load IOprotect on the existing hardware at their disaster recovery location and replicate, in near real-time, their VMware virtual machines to it. IOprotect enables customers to cut costs almost immediately while increasing the number of workloads protected thanks to the efficiency of VergeOS.
“Disaster Recovery is an excellent first step in a VMware Exit strategy. It enables customers to fully vet the potential alternative by having it run a function that is critical and vital to the enterprise,” said Yan Ness, VergeIO CEO, “Later, once customers experience the stability and robust capabilities of VergeOS, they seamlessly upgrade to the full version of VergeOS. Then they are ready to transition their production environment as their VMware licensing agreements expire, face a VMware audit, or want to avoid another round of disruptive upgrades.”
The IOprotect solution enables customers to maintain continuously updated copies of their VMware virtual machines on VergeOS but does not replace backup solutions. Instead, it is a radically affordable DR alternative to software from VMware, Zerto, array-based replication Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) bundles. It is also significantly easier to set up, operate and maintain.
IOprotect runs on the customer’s hardware at a site they deem appropriate for disaster recovery, eliminating the shock of unexpectedly high monthly bills from public cloud providers. With IOprotect, customers can restart protected workloads within minutes of a site outage. If organizations don’t have a suitable DR site, they can connect with one of VergeIO’s IOpartners and easily address their disaster recovery needs with a few mouse clicks.
Due to the solution’s cost-effectiveness and modest hardware requirements, many customers leverage existing hardware to create an on-premises DR instance for disasters that are not site-wide. This “on-site” DR environment protects them from local failures like storage system failure, double drive failures, and ransomware corruption. The VergeOS environment maintains immutable copies of the customer’s VMware virtual machines, which increases their resiliency to a ransomware attack.
Disasters and ransomware attacks are something to prepare for but not something customers must deal with daily. It doesn’t make sense to pay full price for a solution that sits waiting for use. IOprotect low price enables customers to reduce DR costs and begin investigating a possible VMware Exit strategy. IOprotect is licensed per target node, not capacity. It can start with as few as two nodes and support unlimited virtual machine sources. Customers can run workloads for 36 hours to validate disaster recovery readiness.
Customers can easily upgrade the solution for other use cases like workload spike mitigation, testing, development, reporting, and eventually complete VMware migration.
To learn more, join VergeIO on Wednesday, April 12th at 12:30 pm ET, for “ VMware Disaster and Ransomware Disaster Recovery, The Three New Best Practices,” for an interactive whiteboard session describing the three new best practices for rapidly recovering from these worse case scenarios.
VergeIO is the Ultraconverged Infrastructure (UCI) company. Unlike hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), it rotates the traditional IT stack (compute, storage, and networking) into an integrated data center operating system, VergeOS. Its efficiency enables greater workload density on the same hardware with high levels of data resiliency. The result is dramatically lower costs and greatly simplified IT.