VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat product

As a request of Neverfail I am removing the past post and Including this instead

READING, UK and AUSTIN, Tex. – Feb. 24, 2009 – Neverfail®, a leading global software company providing affordable continuous availability and disaster recovery solutions, today announced a new OEM license agreement with VMware.  The deal incorporates Neverfail’s continuous availability technology and application management framework (AMF) software into the new VMware vCenterTM Server Heartbeat, a new VMware product that monitors and manages the automatic failover of VMware vCenter Server.

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat can provide proactive protection against planned and unplanned downtime for VMware vCenter Server, protecting customers’ investments in their VMware Infrastructure deployments and ensuring that key capabilities such as VMware VMotionTM and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) are continuously available.

With this OEM agreement, VMware extends its ability to protect VMware vCenter Server against a broad range of downtime risks by replicating the server configuration and data to a passive standby server. It monitors VMware vCenter Server connectivity and components, including the license server and VMware Update Manager, and can restart the entire VMware vCenter Server instance on the passive server. This helps ensure the consistent, reliable operation of VMware vCenter Server if it is threatened by unplanned or planned downtime, and it provides the broadest range of protection against operator errors, operating system or hardware failure, or external events.

“Over the years, our customers have come to depend on VMware Infrastructure as a flexible and reliable platform on which they can run their production applications.  At the same time, they have turned to VMware vCenter Server to ensure proper management of their virtualized applications and infrastructure,” said Patrick Lin, vice president, product management, server business unit, VMware. “By utilizing Neverfail’s proven industry-leading availability technology to provide comprehensive protection for the entire VMware vCenter Server stack, customers can help ensure that VMware vCenter Server’s virtualization management capabilities are continuously available.”

In January 2008 Neverfail introduced Neverfail for VMware VirtualCenter (now called VMware vCenter Server) which has seen a growing level of interest and use by blue-chip organizations. The same technology behind Neverfail for VirtualCenter forms the basis of VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat.
“As a recognized leader in keeping users productive 24×7, we’re delighted that VMware chose Neverfail as the technology provider to power this new product,” said Nick Harmer, VP Alliances, Neverfail. “VMware vCenter Server is a mission-critical application that requires continuous availability. With thousands of organizations around the world already leveraging Neverfail to deliver continuous availability of their critical applications such as email and databases, it was a natural fit for our technology to be used to assure the resiliency and reliability of VMware
vCenter Server.”

VMware vCenter Server Heartbeat will be available in March 2009. It will be available directly through VMware reseller and distribution channels and supported directly by VMware