NetEx bolsters WAN replication performance

* NetEx's Sync on Demand

WAN optimization vendor NetEx this week announced a new synchronization service for customers needing to migrate or replicate their data across wide distances for disaster recovery purposes.

The company’s Sync on Demand capability uses NetEx’s HyperIP software and appliances on each end of the connection. When customer install HyperIP, the appliance includes a temporary software-based key that runs at the maximum data rate based on the available bandwidth. This lets customers perform data synchronization in the most efficient manner. Subsequent replications will again use the maximum speed of the software purchased, and data replication will include only changed data blocks, thus minimizing the amount of data that needs to be transmitted.

Sync on Demand is available through the channel and includes partners such as EMC and EDS. In a typical implementation, a customer may bring in Sync on Demand when they have a large migration or replication project and then turn it off when the project is completed. (Compare Data Backup and Replication products)

HyperIP appliances are available in a  variety of configurations with data rates ranging from 1Mbps to 800Mbps.

HyperIP has been qualified with EMC’s Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), Centera Replicator and Celerra Replicator, TrueCopy from Hitachi Data Systems, IBM’s Tivoli Storage Manager and Global Mirror, SnapVault and SnapMirror from Network Appliance, DataGuard and DBsync from Oracle and Symantec’s NetBackup, Replication Exec and Volume Replicator.

NetEx is located in Minneapolis and was spun out from StorageTek in 1995.

HyperIP is available now starting at $6,000 to $8,000 per appliance.

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