New product hopes to bridge gap between disaster recovery and the business.
IT continuity software provider, Neverfail, has extended availability for its IT Continuity Architect solution, following its closed beta programme.
A tech preview of IT Continuity Architect is now available for free download in advance of general availability scheduled for October 2013. Architect aims to help companies bridge the gap between IT infrastructure and business services by automatically analyzing infrastructure and applications, mapping dependencies and tracking changes so IT can trust their business continuity/disaster recovery (BCDR) plans will always work.
Despite the benefits of new technologies like virtualisation and cloud computing, they have added significant complexity to BC/DR operations. Until now, IT organisations have simply lacked the proper tools to identify which infrastructure components and applications are most critical to the business, according to Neverfail. IT Continuity Architect is designed to remove that roadblock by providing clear visibility into how the IT infrastructure maps to business services and identifying gaps that stand in the way of meeting business continuity objectives.
A number of companies are participating in the Neverfail Beta programme, including Baker Donelson, First Acceptance Insurance, Direct General, and AMBAC Assurance.
Shawn Robertson, senior systems engineer at First Acceptance, said: "With Architect, I finally have discovery and dependency mapping capabilities that show me the relationship between infrastructure and applications – and provides me the assurance my business continuity plans will work like they are supposed to.
"Analysis that used to take hours and hours of manual work now takes minutes."
Martin Mackay, CEO of Neverfail, said: "The biggest take-away from our customer beta program is that, no matter how much testing is performed, most IT departments can’t be sure their BC/DR plans will work when needed.
"Managing the ever-changing environment in a modern data centre requires a level of visibility that simply has not been available – until now. Architect was designed with today’s fluid infrastructure in mind."