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Vol. 4 No. 9 November 2005

The lowdown on replication appliances

Replication appliances can work across heterogeneous storage devices, but not all appliances are appropriate for every environment. With growing heterogeneous server and storage environments, some enterprises are finding that host- and storage array-based replication approaches no longer satisfy their requirements. A replication appliance may be the solution. Operating system- and storage array-agnostic, replication appliances give companies increased flexibility to address one-time and continuous data replication needs while allowing applications to continue processing without data loss or to recover with minimal downtime. Replication appliances Click here for a comprehensive list of replication appliances (PDF). Replication appliances allow administrators to: Deploy the appliance in their existing networked storage infrastructure Choose from a variety of replication options that best suit particular applications Replicate data between different brands and tiers of storage Replicate data locally or remotely to provide different...

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