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Disk-based data protection solution provider FalconStor Software announced the availability of RecoverTrac technology, a disaster recovery (DR) automation tool included as a standard feature of FalconStor Continuous Data Protector (CDP), the platform for FalconStor’s platform of service-oriented data protection. The RecoverTrac feature automates complex failover and failback operations of systems, applications, services and entire datacenters.

The RecoverTrac tool not only replicates data, but also stages the recovery of complete services – thus facilitating service-oriented data protection (SODP) – by automating the resumption of servers, storage, networks and applications in a pre-determined, coordinated process.  The RecoverTrac plaform works with all operating systems, virtual machines and networks and supports physical-to-physical, physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual recovery operations, according to a company release.

“The RecoverTrac feature has allowed us to significantly decrease the amount of time needed to activate or test our disaster recovery site,” said Jeff Hutchinson, director of information technology at New York law firm Mendes & Mount. “The ability to easily create, store and rerun RecoverTrac jobs greatly reduces the need for manual intervention.  Previously, we had to create a lengthy and cumbersome step-by-step manual for our DR procedure, but the RecoverTrac tool has simplified this to single, simple page.”

In addition to its primary recovery mode, the RecoverTrac technology offers a test mode and cloning capability. Test mode is engineered to allow every aspect of the recovery process to be executed without impact on production systems. Cloning capability allows a copy of application data to be used for other business purposes. A company release noted RecoverTrac is available immediately as a standard feature of FalconStor CDP and FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) at no additional cost.

“The beauty of the RecoverTrac solution is the way it facilitates a smooth failover of services to the DR site and failback to the home data center, which is a daunting process to manage manually,” said Shawn Mears, network engineer at GDL Consulting, a FalconStor managed service provider. “In addition, the RecoverTrac tool’s test mode allows us to perform regular test runs of recovery jobs for our clients who ask for it, enhancing our service offering to customers.”