PHD Reviews and Articles Round Up!

by Patrick Redknap on December 5, 2013

The last few weeks have been busy here at PHD Virtual with the release of the great FREE new RTA Calculator tool and the upcoming release of PHD Virtual for Hyper-V.

I thought in this post today i’d summarise the products and then provide some links to the recent community articles on each product.


PHD Virtual Backup for Hyper-V

PHD Virtual v7.0 is powered by all-new PHD Virtual v7 architecture

  • Supports all three major hypervisors - Only PHD Virtual supports VMware, Citrix and Hyper-V without requiring agents in the guest VM.
  • Provides advanced reporting – All new web-based interface features our new user-friendly dashboard with advanced reporting for the entire backup environment.
  • Delivers global deduplication – Built-in, multi-stage deduplication technology cuts storage to the bone with an average dedupe ratio up to 25:1 typically reducing storage requirements by more than 90%.
  • Assures block level verification – Reliable data transfer can detect corrupted data during backup and automatically correct it.
  • Powered by all-new v7 architecture! – The latest and greatest purpose-built VM data protection architecture provides a unique approach to scalability and enterprise management.

You can check out more of the new features in the video below!

Microsoft MvP Lai Yoong Seng got his hands on v7.0 for Hyper-V and put it through it’s paces! Check out the full article at his blog!

FREE Disaster Recovery Calculator

The RTA Calculator™ has a built-in wizard to connect to VMware. Once installed you are prompted to select the VMs you wish to time for an RTA estimate, and set the appropriate boot order. The RTA Calculator will then take a snapshot and create linked clones for each VM. Due to the use of snapshotting and linked clones, the VM creation process is very quick.

The tool then simply powers up the VMs and times the process, calculating the total time it will take to recover that grouping of VMs – it’s that simple!

This gives you an accurate Recovery Time Actual you can use to compare to your Recovery Time Objective and determine if you’ll be able to adhere to your SLAs.

Run the RTA tool as often as needed to produce an estimate with different production loads.

They video on the tool is below:

There has also been a great response from the virtualization and VMware’s vExpert community on the RTA release! Check out the articles!

Kendrick Coleman:

Vladan Seget:

Bilal Hashmi:

Roy Mikes:

Mike Preston:

Luigi Danakos:


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