Double-Take adds Hyper-V support to replication/failover apps

Double-Take plans to release a Hyper-V version of its Double-Take software for protecting virtual machines

Data replication and failover vendor Double-Take Software Tuesday unveiled a lineup of products to support the forthcoming Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization environment.

The company made the announcement at Microsoft's annual TechEd conference.

Double-Take said it plans to release a Hyper-V version of its Double-Take software for protecting virtual machines. The company already has a version for VMware.

Double-Take's tools will include support for real-time physical-to-virtual full system replication for migration and failover, and virtual-to-virtual (V2V) replication and failover.

The company also plans to add support for Hyper-V, an add-on to Windows Server 2008, to its Virtual Recovery Assistant, and will extend Hyper-V compatibility to its GeoCluster software, which adds data protection to Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS). The GeoCluster enhancements will be added to Double-Take's Quick Migration tools so administrators can migrate virtual machines from one host to another host, and from one location to another remote location to eliminate single points of failure.

Microsoft plans to release Hyper-V before the end of August.

In May, the company released Hyper-V Release Candidate (RC) 1, the last planned beta before the code is shipped.

Microsoft said in April that it was ahead of schedule on the new timetable for release of Hyper-V and said that the technology would likely show up in June or July.

"We are feeling pretty good that it won't be up to the full 180 days," Dai Vu, director of virtualization products and solutions in Microsoft's server and tools division, told NetworkWorld at Microsoft's Management Summit in April.

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