Double-Take Software today announced the release of its netBoot/i and sanFly products. Together, they can provide a centralized means of booting and managing servers and desktops from iSCSI storage area networks (SANs). These products give IT administrators the flexibility to streamline workload management across both physical and virtual environments, and the cost efficiency of ‘greener IT’ through reduced power consumption and energy costs. Double-Take for Windows, the company’s flagship product, is known for its non-disruptive, affordable, hardware agnostic solutions. The addition of these new product offerings combined with existing capabilities such as continuous full server wide area replication build upon Double-Take Software’s objective to be the leader in Dynamic Infrastructure; that is, to move workloads, for whatever purpose, whenever needed, affordably and non-disruptively.
NetBoot/i is a software-based solution for booting systems from industry-standard iSCSI storage using “off-the-shelf” networking hardware found in most organizations’ server or desktop systems. IT administrators today are often faced with the expense and labor-intensive effort of deploying IT workloads. Once deployed, these same workloads are difficult to move between different servers or desktops because they are tied directly to the servers they run on. With netBoot/i, administrators can use a centralized workload management console to assign workloads, including their boot images, to any available physical or virtual machine in the environment regardless of hardware configuration. Additionally, by enabling diskless servers or desktops, netBoot/i reduces power consumption by minimizing cooling, maximizing cabinet and server rack efficiency.
SanFly is a software-based iSCSI target that turns any Windows server into an iSCSI SAN. With sanFly, setting up iSCSI storage for use by server or desktop systems is as easy as five clicks. SanFly also provides a “shared mode” for iSCSI storage it manages, allowing multiple servers or workstations to access the same shared volume on the storage network.
Double-Take Software acquired netBoot/i and sanFly in the recent purchase of Toronto-based emBoot.