Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Kroll Ontrack announces data recovery breakthrough on VMware virtualized environments

Data recovery leader unveils solution for businesses experiencing data loss during and after server virtualization

Minneapolis – June 10, 2008 - Kroll Ontrack®, the leading provider of data recovery and legal technologies products and services, today announced it is the first company with the ability to perform data recovery services on VMware® systems. Using newly developed proprietary technology, Kroll Ontrack conceived and developed capabilities specifically designed to recover folders and files on all types of virtual systems. This capability provides businesses with a viable resource when data loss occurs in these environments.

Virtualization is a software technology that is transforming the IT landscape and in turn has created radical changes in computing. While most of today’s computing hardware was designed to run only one operating system at a time, virtualization helps businesses overcome this limitation by allowing a single system to run several operating systems simultaneously, increasing its usage and flexibility. With virtualization, users of VMware software save time, money and resources while optimizing and rationalizing their IT infrastructure. These advantages and savings explain the growing rate of virtualization in business environments.

While there are space saving, environmental and cost benefits to virtualization and server consolidation, having all your data in one place can leave businesses vulnerable to experiencing substantial data loss. The rise in virtualized environments paired with instances of physical or operating system failure during configuration has lead to a significant spike in the amount of virtual environment recovery requests Kroll Ontrack has recently received.

“The number of virtual environment jobs has increased ten fold over last year,” said Jeff Pederson, manager of data operations, Kroll Ontrack. “When virtual infrastructure data loss occurs, identifying the cause and recovering the data is very complex. This requires deep expertise and extensive knowledge of VMware environments. Kroll Ontrack has the required level of knowledge to perform these recoveries and can restore lost business data in one of our labs, onsite or remotely.”

Specifically, Kroll Ontrack can successfully recover lost data on the following VMware systems:

  • VMware Infrastructure 2 & 3 (ESX Server, VMFS)
  • VMware® Server
  • VMware® Workstation (all versions)

Performing recoveries for more than 20 years on all forms of hard drives, Kroll Ontrack has also developed techniques and tools to successfully recover from flash media, solid state disk (SSD) and LTO tapes. Like virtual environments, recoveries from these mediums add a layer of complexity to the process. Specifically, Kroll Ontrack now has expertise with all types of flash media and SSD controller chips and can bypass end of tape markers, which often hinders successful recoveries from these storage devices.

For more information about Kroll Ontrack’s offering visit www.ontrackdatarecovery.com.

Through its Ontrack® Data Recovery products and services, Kroll Ontrack is the largest, most experienced and technologically advanced provider of data recovery products and services worldwide. Using its hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques, Ontrack Data Recovery solutions help businesses and consumers recover lost or corrupted data from all types of operating systems and media and storage devices through its do-it-yourself, remote and in-lab capabilities.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.

Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers recover, search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, advanced search, paper and electronic discovery, computer forensics, ESI consulting, and trial consulting and presentation services. Kroll Ontrack is a technology services division of Kroll Inc., the global risk consulting company. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.com; www.ontrackdatarecovery.com; www.engeniumsearch.com; www.trialgraphix.com.