NetIQ Announces PlateSpin Forge 700 Series Disaster Recovery Appliances

All-in-one solution delivers efficient disaster recovery for a seamless enterprise experience and lower TCO.

27 August 2014

NetIQ announced today the general availability of the PlateSpin® Forge 700 Series, its latest and most powerful disaster recovery appliances for protecting both physical and virtual server workloads in the event of a production server outage or disaster. The PlateSpin Forge 700 Series appliances protect 60% more workloads and provide significantly higher performance and capacity than the previous generation 500 Series. An all-in-one solution with advanced capabilities like disaster recovery requirements sizing and sand-boxed virtual testing, the PlateSpin Forge 700 Series provides a high-capacity high-performance recovery environment that powers enterprise-class workloads efficiently and seamlessly until the production environment is restored.

Recent market research published by Forrester Research recommends that Infrastructure & Operations professionals should replace existing tape backups with disk-based backup appliances to reduce manual efforts and improve recovery time objectives1. NetIQ pioneered this approach with a first-of-its-kind disaster recovery appliance in 2008. The PlateSpin Forge 700 Series builds upon that legacy, delivering a faster, more efficient and streamlined approach to protect today's virtual and physical server workloads, with a very low TCO.

"With PlateSpin Forge, I know that if there is any kind of unplanned outage, we have the safety net of a solution that can restore our core services in twenty minutes," said Tom Lockhart, IT systems manager for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. "Having a comprehensive solution like the PlateSpin Forge appliance that is extremely simple to setup and use has given me the peace of mind that we can recover our services effectively, quickly and reliably."

Featuring the latest PlateSpin Forge 11 software, the PlateSpin Forge 700 Series appliances support the latest OS and hypervisor versions from Microsoft, VMware, and others, and include support for new UEFI physical servers with GPT hard drives and boot drives larger than 2TB.

All PlateSpin Forge 700 Series appliances include PlateSpin Recon 4 licenses capable of monitoring the CPU, memory, network bandwidth, and disk utilization of up to 100 production server workloads for 30 days. Armed with this planning and analysis data, IT professionals can best balance recovery performance with infrastructure costs, assure their workloads are protected while maintaining their service-level agreements in disaster recovery scenarios most efficiently.

"Unplanned downtime can have disastrous effects on a business. Companies need a disaster recovery solution that minimizes impact to productivity, revenue and their reputation with their customers," said Mike Robinson, senior manager, Solution Strategy at NetIQ. "The PlateSpin Forge 700 series all-in-one solution dramatically improves a company's ability to protect their business-critical assets while offering rapid recovery – and with a far greater value and lower TCO than other solutions."

PlateSpin Forge 700 Series Models:

  • PlateSpin Forge 710: protects up to 10 physical or virtual workloads
  • PlateSpin Forge 725: protects up to 25 physical or virtual workloads
  • PlateSpin Forge 740: protects up to 40 physical or virtual workloads

Workload licenses can be purchased for each model to protect additional workloads. All three models include:

  • Dual 8-core hyper-threaded CPUs, for a total of 32 processor threads
  • 128 GB of RAM, expandable to 768 GB
  • Over 20 TB of usable RAID-protected storage for workload backups
  • Six, gigabit Ethernet ports for fast lag-free operation as a recovery environment

Availability and Pricing
The PlateSpin Forge 700 Series disaster recovery appliance is available today and starts at $54,000 USD, including the license to protect 10 workloads and standard maintenance. For more information, visit

About NetIQ PlateSpin
Beginning with the industry's first automated physical to virtual (P2V) server consolidation tool, today's PlateSpin family of workload management products include the advanced analytics needed to plan successful migration and disaster recovery initiatives (PlateSpin Recon), anywhere-to-anywhere migration technology (PlateSpin Migrate), as well as affordable high-performance disaster recovery products available as both a hardware appliance (PlateSpin Forge) and software (PlateSpin Protect).

About NetIQ
NetIQ is a global, enterprise software company with a relentless focus on customer success. Our portfolio includes scalable, automated solutions for Identity, Access, Governance, Security, Systems and Application, Service and Workload Management that help organizations securely deliver, measure and manage computing services across physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. For more information, contact us.

1 Sudhanshu Bhandari, Forrester Research, "Key I&O Technology Trends To Watch In 2014, Part 2," May 2014.

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