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Vol. 3 No. 11 January 2005

Cross-platform bare metal restore emerges

It's been about a year since bare metal restore software providers Veritas and Cristie Data Products, Stroud, U.K., introduced software that allows you to restore a disaster recovery image to a different hardware platform than the one it was created on. But already, most customers have come to expect this kind of cross-hardware support, says Peter Shkurko, who heads up Cristie's global business development operations. Cristie Bare Machine Recovery (CBMR) allows you to restore a system to a hardware platform with different disks, disk controllers and network interface cards, says Ian Saner, a Cristie professional services consultant. To that list, Veritas Bare Metal Restore with Dissimilar System Restore features adds different numbers and types of processors, video adapters and Fibre Channel host bus adapters. Unitrends Software also plans to announce support for restoring to a dissimilar hardware platform with its BareMetal Plus 2.0 product, due out shortly, says founder and CTO Steve Schwartz. At restore time, the software ...

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