Smart Availability focuses on adapting to changing business requirements, resulting in fewer OS environments to manage, fewer maintenance issues and IT headaches, lower costs and ultimately a superior marketplace advantage.
Enterprise IT organizations have a valuable opportunity to achieve digital transformation with a new release from DH2i, the application-focused Smart Availability, disaster recovery (DR) and cost improvements provider. The update, DxEnterprise version 17.5 (DxE v17.5), builds on earlier versions of the DxE software with a number of enhanced features, including industry-first support for Windows/Linux failover in a cross-platform environment.
Software Enables Digital Transformation: The expense and difficulty of modernizing old computer infrastructure presents a formidable challenge to IT management. “Over 90 percent of IT managers said security issues and performance issues were inevitable if legacy applications weren’t modernized,” according to research from Futurum. “Companies are spending 60-80 percent of their IT budgets on maintaining old computing infrastructure.” This represents a significant waste in money, along with massive headaches for IT teams.
Digital transformation is crucial, then, for enterprise IT organizations, according to 451 Research Principal Analyst, Jay Lyman. “[Digital transformation] represents effective use of many software components, such as containers, and a growing variety of hybrid infrastructure that includes public clouds, private clouds and on-premise environments,” Lyman says. “Just as organizations must select the right infrastructure based on cost, performance, geography and other factors, they must also have software that is simple, secure and flexible.” The key to digital transformation, then, relies on proper infrastructure with the right software to match it. DxE v17.5 takes on this legacy infrastructure issue with a modern, leveraged approach.
“(Harnessing of Smart Availability) is an improvement over traditional high availability tactics, most of which entail unnecessary infrastructural complexities without regard to domain objectives.”
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How It Works: DxE v17.5 solves a crucial industry matter: ensuring high availability and disaster recovery across Windows and Linux. It is the industry’s first and only solution that automates fault detection and failover between Windows and Linux for databases, Docker containers, cross-platform availability groups, and application services. The new solution unites Linux and Windows management in a single console, and encapsulates native database instances and Docker images for simplified support of digital transformation initiatives.
The release further builds on DxE v17 by adding flexible, native support for Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Availability Groups. It features automatic Windows/Linux failover, management, orchestration and automatic failover of Linux application services, including native, open source databases, as well as automatic Windows/Linux failover clustering in AWS and Microsoft Azure without WSFC or Active Directory.
SQL Server 2017+ users, for example, can seamlessly move workloads and data between any cloud, and can scale cloud-based analytics and business intelligence nodes. Public cloud providers and MSPs likewise benefit from being able to create a single cross-platform service with near-zero planned or unplanned downtime for customer applications. This provides a new recurring income opportunity for these service providers.
Smart Availability Optimizes Workloads: Another key innovation in DxE v17.5 is its harnessing of Smart Availability, which decouples databases, Availability Groups, and containers from operating system and IT infrastructures. This allows workloads to dynamically move to their optimal execution venue in terms of computational and budgetary concerns. It is an improvement over traditional high availability tactics, most of which entail unnecessary infrastructural complexities without regard to domain objectives. Smart Availability instead focuses on adapting to changing business requirements. The result is fewer operating system environments to manage, fewer maintenance issues, fewer IT headaches, lower costs and ultimately a superior marketplace advantage.