Yesterday PHD Virtual Technology announced the acquisition of Virtualsharp. Personally I have never heard of Virtualsharp. I am looking forward to seeing where this transaction will take PHD Virtual and how it will impact the market.
Here is a marketing Youtube video on Virtualsharp’s ReliableDR
Shared Press Release
Below is the press release.
PHD Virtual Technologies, a pioneer in virtual
machine backup and recovery, and innovator of virtualization monitoring solutions,
announced today that it has acquired privately-held VirtualSharp Software, a McLean,
Virginia-based leading provider of next generation automated disaster recovery assurance
solutions for virtualized environments and private and public clouds.
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Provider for Virtualized environments and Private and Public Clouds
With the acquisition of VirtualSharp, PHD Virtual delivers transformational technology for
virtual backup and disaster recovery assurance providing the easiest, most affordable
solutions for data protection and business continuity, automatically certifying achievement
of Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs).
In today’s compliance-focused world, organizations are demanding more frequent
verification that their disaster recovery processes actually work. VirtualSharp Software has
pioneered the concept of Disaster Recovery Assurance in order to address this complex
problem. Disaster Recovery Assurance leverages the synergies between the virtualization
and storage layers, which allow disaster recovery to be orchestrated and fully automated
across data centers. Recovery tests can be executed without any human intervention and
without impacting production systems. Disaster Recovery Assurance enables the
automated enforcement of RPOs (maximum data loss) and the continuous measurement
and compliance of RTOs (maximum outage time).
“PHD has experienced unprecedented demand for our virtual backup products with eleven
consecutive record quarters in a row,” said James Legg, President and CEO, PHD Virtual.
“With the addition of VirtualSharp to our portfolio we enhance our position in the disaster
recovery market as the value leader, as well as extend our ability to effectively serve our
customers who must cost-effectively certify that their disaster recovery processes work
and achieve regulatory compliance.”
“Just like backup alone is worthless without the ability to recover data, disaster recovery
(DR) implementations are marginalized without the ability to guarantee, or assure, that DR
will take place successfully when needed,” said Dave Simpson, senior storage analyst with
The 451 Group. “Combining PHD Virtual’s backup, recovery and replication with
VirtualSharp’s disaster recovery assurance ensure end-to-end data protection and
compliance at significantly lower cost than existing approaches.”
Like PHD, VirtualSharp has also received accolades for its assertive growth and was
recently named one of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Storage Start-Ups in 2012 by
“We are thrilled to have VirtualSharp become part of PHD Virtual because the worlds of
virtual backup and disaster recovery are merging and the combination of the two
companies is a game-changer,” said Carlos Escapa, CEO and Co-Founder of VirtualSharp
Software. “Our product portfolio becomes the one-stop shop with a solution spanning
backup, replication, disaster recovery testing and compliance assurance. PHD Virtual also
provides us with the marketing and sales resources we need to exponentially grow our
combined solutions on a global scale.”
About VirtualSharp’s Product Portfolio
The cost and complexity of virtual backup and virtual disaster recovery management
continues to increase as the number of virtual machines in production continues to grow.
VirtualSharp’s ReliableDR is a solution that orchestrates disaster recovery testing, failover,
and failback for VMware virtual environments and private clouds. It offers significant
capabilities, which constitute its unique ability to cost-effectively deliver Disaster Recovery
• Service-Oriented, Fully Automated RTO and RPO Compliance Measurement
ReliableDR allows a user to specify the RTO and RPO of all necessary
components of a business service, then automates the granular testing of each
component in ways that measure and report the service’s compliance with those
• Application Aware Testing
The testing processes used above go well beyond simple booting of VMs.
ReliableDR granularly tests the application components themselves to ensure that
the components are functioning as a whole and the service they comprise is truly
workable and operationally available to support the business. It then stores each
successfully tested job as a Certified Recovery Point (CRP) for an end user to
failover to in case of a service outage.
• Replication Flexibility
ReliableDR can integrate with all of the popular storage replication solutions, as
well as offer its own host-based software replication, providing application
protection capabilities in a flexible manner. Examples of key storage vendors
supported are EMC, NetApp, Dell, HP, IBM, Oracle, Datacore, Nimble, and
ReliableDR has built-in, granular user based access in order to provide strict multitenancy for large environments and cloud providers, as well as Role-Based Access
Control to securely facilitate the use of ReliableDR to all BC/DR stakeholders
across the organization, from DR planners to external auditors.
“Our combined company goal is to provide the best value in virtual backup and disaster
recovery assurance. We will be the leader by supporting all major virtual hypervisors and
by catering to public and private clouds in the areas of backup, replication, and automated
recovery, providing continuous proof that systems are recoverable and RTOs are
achievable,” continued Legg. “We’re focusing on problems in today’s virtual environment
that force users to undertake complex, time consuming, manual processes, and deliver
unprecedented value significantly more affordable than competitive alternatives.”
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I love hearing about acquisitions. One of the things that intrigues me is how the company will utilize the technology with-in it’s current portfolio. Is it a successful transaction only time will tell. But it definitely looks interesting. Companies need to plan for disasters, if not they could be out of business.