Extending its strategic virtualisation partnership with Microsoft, Citrix Systems has announced a new version of its virtualisation management solution for Microsoft Hyper-V.

The new Citrix Essentials 5.5 for Microsoft Hyper-V will now include Citrix StorageLink Site Recovery, a powerful set of tools that make end-to-end business continuity accessible, affordable, and easy to deploy. Citrix will make the solution available in both an Express edition, to provide customers an easy way to test and deploy disaster recovery, and as part of a full-featured Platinum edition.
As virtualisation becomes more broadly deployed in corporate data centres, companies of all sizes are increasingly moving mission-critical applications into virtual machine environments, enhancing the need for proven and reliable disaster recovery systems. Site recovery solutions for virtual environments, however, have remained complex and expensive to implement.
Now, with the new StorageLink Site Recovery capability from Citrix, users will be able to setup, test and manage disaster recovery services, including utilisation of storage hardware for replication, through a single console, using a set of intuitive operations.
In addition, new features in StorageLink Site Recovery allow customers to test “what-if” disaster recovery scenarios, ensuring confidence that systems can be restored in the event of an outage. Customers can also choose to integrate recovery services directly with their existing systems management applications, making it easier than ever to protect key assets. In total, StorageLink Site Recovery provides customers with a comprehensive end-to-end solution that orchestrates the implementation, management, testing and failover processes – at significant savings when compared to alternate solutions.
“Customers are looking for a reliable, rapid site recovery strategy that isn’t time-consuming to implement and expensive to manage,” says Garth Fort, GM of System Centre marketing: Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. “We’re working with Citrix to deliver a configurable and integrated solution that removes the complexity associated with competitive solutions. With its new site recovery technology, Citrix Essentials for Microsoft Hyper-V gives customers an easy way to improve disaster recovery and bullet proof application and data availability.”
Lou Shipley, vice-president and GM of virtualisation management for the Data Centre and Cloud division at Citrix, adds: "We are continuing to build further capabilities into our virtualisation management products. As we have done in desktop virtualisation, our collaboration with Microsoft has once again resulted in solutions that bring a high degree of value to our joint customers. Customers that want to develop proof-of-concepts with disaster recovery services can deploy the Citrix Essentials 5.5 for Microsoft Hyper-V Express edition and those that want the functionality for their entire virtualization farm can upgrade to the Platinum edition. We will continue this partnership to extend our StorageLink Site Recovery solution to include additional business continuity services."