The Neverfail Continuity Engine difference

Deploying and managing IT systems is Centurum’s business and for such highly regulated and crucial customers, there is no tolerance for downtime of any kind. Prior to Neverfail, we were essentially relying on luck to keep things running smoothly.

Perry Golden, Senior Systems Engineer, Centurum

Neverfail Continuity Engine ensures the availability and 100% uptime of mission-critical applications on VMware. But Continuity Engine is more than high availability; it is continuous availability. It's a fully integrated business continuity management suite for VMware vCenter that ensures your data and applications will ALWAYS be available. 

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Making VMware vCenter immune from downtime

Proactively Protect vCenter from Downtime

Continuity Engine determines whether VMs are running correctly and measures their consumption of system-level resources and application-level behaviors, such as response times, service availability and database availability.

In addition, Continuity Engine proactively protects VMware vCenter Server from downtime in the following 3 ways:

1. Application-aware intelligence

With application layer monitoring, correction, and failover, Continuity Engine protects the investments you’ve made in virtualization and extends your protection to detect, correct, or failover based on the most probable causes of outage. It expands the capability of application awareness to the intelligence required to detect application availability issues proactively - taking corrective actions and ultimately initiating failover based on the application-specific problem before it fails.

If an SQL database refuses to mount, or if an ERP application service is stopped or hanging (or anything in between), Neverfail Continuity Engine alerts all appropriate staff and takes corrective action automatically.

2. Enhance Failover/Failback for vCenter

While VMware HA provides complete protection from host server failures, it can’t detect problems with applications running on those VMs. This is the key limiting factor for customers seeking to protect critical workloads since many threats that cause downtime are due to application defects or operator error.

When application-level failure events are detected, Continuity Engine calls the VMware HA APIs to initiate failover within the virtual cluster - delivering protection from the broadest range of threats to keep your applications continuously available.

3. Extend VMware Site Recovery Manager to Physical Servers

Current HA solutions can protect either physical/virtual data or applications, but not all at the same time. Continuity Engine seamlessly integrates physical and virtual servers within VMware SRM Recovery Plans. By leveraging Neverfail’s technology, you can standardize on VMware SRM to protect your entire server inventory, not just applications deployed on vSphere.

Simplifying Continuous Availability in Your Enterprise

Maintaining HA can lead to complex administrative overhead because of multiple protection models to support. Continuity Engine provides a true clone-based architecture that boasts no boot times, which speeds up Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) to near-zero. It turns your High Availability solution into a Continuous Availability solution and keeps your recovery architecture simple!

VMware HA solutions have limitations when it comes to disruptions. Neverfail Continuity Engine provides Continuous Availability which eliminates downtime, even for events such as required standard maintenance tasks. More importantly, Continuity Engine removes any disruption to your IT operations regardless of events that may occur.

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