Hostway Launches Replication and Disaster Recovery Solution, Utilizing New Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica Feature

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 04, 2012

Hostway, a leading provider of cloud, managed and hybrid cloud services, today announced the beta launch of its new virtual machine (VM) replication service, one of the first VM replication services for disaster recovery (DR) on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. This service is enabled by the Hyper-V Replica feature included in the newly released Windows Server 2012 operating system.

Hostways new replication service leverages the companys geographically dispersed data centers to provide a complete cloud-based DR solution that enables seamless and low-cost cross-site and site-to-site VM replication to support both planned and unplanned failover resolution. The service provides a compliance-level solution to meet SOX, HIPAA, SEC and other regulatory compliance requirements.

According to a 2011 Symantec SMB Disaster Preparedness Survey, system downtime costs an average of $ 75,000 per day for businesses that are unprepared for failure and lacking a robust disaster recovery plan. The loss is compounded by the fact that these costly outages happen an average of six times per year. Even more concerning, half of the SMB respondents surveyed said their company had no DR plan in place.

Hostways new service enables SMBs and other businesses to leverage the companys affordable public or private cloud infrastructures to establish a real-time, compliance-quality, reliable DR solution. Businesses can perform cross-site replication of VMs from one on-premise Windows Server Hyper-V host to another for example, from an in-house office location to the Hostway cloud. Or, they can perform site-to-site replication of VMs from one Hostway datacenter to another, for real-time, geographically dispersed disaster recovery. Hyper-V Replica is application-agnostic, supporting even legacy systems, and storage-agnostic to support a wide variety of storage environments.

With more companies moving mission-critical data to VMs, its more important than ever for them to have a failsafe in place and create virtual machine redundancy across data centers to guarantee 100% application availability, said Aaron Hollobaugh, VP of Marketing & Communications for Hostway. Windows Server 2012 addresses some of our customers important concerns, because it not only makes it easier to store and manage all this virtual data, it enables companies to easily set up replication and failover to ensure business continuity.

Earlier this year, Hostway became one of the few hosting partners selected by Microsoft to offer the release candidate version of Windows Server 2012 to customers for beta testing and feedback. With the official launch of Windows Server 2012, in addition to Hyper-V Replica, Hostway is now offering the full Windows Server 2012, with capabilities including:

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