|The SoftNAS™ Beta 2 Release is now available and ready for Early Adopter Program (EAP) customers. Beta 2 is available as an automated update using the “Software Update” feature of SoftNAS. It takes about 2 minutes for the update process.Beta 2 includes the addition of SnapReplicate™, which supports advanced replication between two SoftNAS systems for backup, failover and disaster recovery purposes.
Amazon EC2 users will appreciate the ability to use SnapReplicate(tm) to create fault-tolerant configurations across EC2 regions and availability zones.
VMware and Hyper-V customers can use SnapReplicate to create redundant SoftNAS nodes for off-site backup/recovery, disaster recovery and SoftNAS VM failover.
For the first time, customers may now replicate data between VMware, Hyper-V and Amazon EC2 platforms, providing cross-platform data and application portability between cloud and virtualization platforms.
This capability enables a new era of disaster recovery, development/QA/production deployment options never before available to IT, and the ability for both legacy and web-based applications to “float” between traditional premise-based data centers and public/private clouds.
SoftNAS and SnapReplicate make the “hybrid cloud” a reality with no additional development work required – just deploy applications with the data and go. With SoftNAS, you’re never locked into a computing platform again.
There is an 11-minute demo video which provides an overview of how to configure SnapReplicate.
The release also includes a built-in, full-featured trial extension for EAP users through the end of February (Beta 1 expires on Friday, 1-11-2013, so be sure to apply this latest update).
The Beta 2 code is delivered as an automatic download and update, which takes about 2 minutes to complete (no manual steps required). The update downloads and applies a 6.5 MB update package to the existing Beta 1 installation, so no download/install is required for an existing Beta 1 installation.
Please see the Release Notes for more details on Beta 2.
If you are an existing Beta 1 customer, you do not need to download and install SoftNAS – simply use the “Software Update” menu within the SoftNAS StorageCenter™ administrator interface to apply the update.
If you are new to SoftNAS, then you can download the original Beta 1 product and install it, then apply the Beta 2 software update. To get the zip file password for the Beta download files, please join our Early Access Program.