Carbonite Availability

Carbonite Availability
Formerly DoubleTake

Score 8.5 out of 10
Carbonite Availability


What is Carbonite Availability?

Carbonite acquired Double-Take, a data replication and disaster recovery option, in early 2017. The technology now powers Carbonite Availability, the now Carbonite supported high availability and data replication product.
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DoubleTake Move

5 out of 10
July 25, 2017
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What is Carbonite Availability?

Carbonite acquired Double-Take, a data replication and disaster recovery option, in early 2017. The technology now powers Carbonite Availability, the now Carbonite supported high availability and data replication product.

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What is Carbonite Availability?

Carbonite Availability (formerly DoubleTake) migrates physical, virtual and cloud workloads over any distance with minimal risk and near-zero downtime. Using real-time, byte-level replication technology, Carbonite Availability creates a replica of the data, application, database or entire server being migrated and keeps it in sync with the production system. The migrated data can be validated without disrupting business operations, and downtime is limited to the seconds or minutes required for cutover to the new server.

Carbonite Availability™ software lets IT organizations maintain the highest availability of their Windows and Linux servers by preventing downtime and data loss. The software does this using a continuous replication mechanism that maintains a secondary copy without taxing the primary system or network bandwidth. With support for physical, virtual or cloud source systems or target environments, the Availability solution is a comprehensive replication option for organizations with mixed IT environments.

Carbonite Availability Features

  • Supported: Lightning Fast Recovery: Failover to your secondary site with minimal downtime with seconds-long recovery points
  • Supported: Streamlined Migration: Migrate from any hypervisor or cloud to any other, easily and with minimal downtime for users
  • Supported: Broad Platform Support: Replicate physical, virtual and cloud-based systems to any environment, locally or with one of our cloud service provider partners.
  • Supported: Self-Service Management: End-user control over configuration, monitoring, and failover through a self-service portal.
  • Supported: No Performance Impact: Protect all your workloads with continuous replication without impacting system performance.

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Carbonite Availability Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle Enterprise Linux, CentOs, SUSE Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Sharepoint, Oracle MySQL
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Carbonite acquired Double-Take, a data replication and disaster recovery option, in early 2017. The technology now powers Carbonite Availability, the now Carbonite supported high availability and data replication product.

Zerto and Veeam Backup for Google Cloud Platform are common alternatives for Carbonite Availability.

The most common users of Carbonite Availability are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are using DoubleTake Availability for Windows and Linux for our customers. We are a department for [creating] projects for customers and have a lot of projects with Carbonite DoubleTake. Most of our customers very satisfied with the product.

There are huge solutions we create for our customers to save the data when some disaster occurs so I think there is a lot business impact that we keep in mind every day and work to solve it.
  • Very professional support team, a lot of complex bugs and problems are solved very quickly by the support team.
  • Every time a new version is published there are new features.
  • Temporary licensing for a POC or for checking [out] some features is very good idea.
  • Videos and articles about Carbonite DoubleTake are hard to find.
  • There are very few articles and solutions [available] for Carbonite DoubleTake for Linux.
Carbonite DoubleTake for Windows with operation systems later than 2003 works well.

For a lot of customers with windows operation system [older than] 2003, it doesn't work well. The doubletake agent crashes and for older versions, there is full support but on the customer side, it does not work well.
  • From data recovery perspective for customers- Carbonite DoubleTake is a good solution.
  • The honest price for Carbonite DoubleTake and for the ROI -it's a good transaction for the customer.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
We use doubletake in several different ways. We have customers that use doubletake availability for their DR solution. For others, we use doubletake for migrating their environments from their local site to the cloud, or to different locations around the world. In some instances, customers have virtual servers that need to sit on physical hardware. Doubletake has the ability to migrate the virtual server back to physical hardware with virtually no down time.
  • A product is worthless in my opinion if you don't have a great support team to work with. I've had issues with replication jobs that were resolved quickly and easily by the support team.
  • DR - Doubletake is the only tool that I'm aware of that can handle DR replication of both physical and virtual environments. There sre others, but they use a snapshot technology, where doubletake has continuous replication of data.
  • Move - we have moved physical and virtual environments from around the world without ever having to leave the office. One of the companies we migrated started off with their equipment in Switzerland, and after the servers were in a fully protected state in the US, that failover to the new location took 45 min.
  • Reporting - Reporting is a very important tool which is required by auditors after performing failover tests. I know they are currently working on this, and we hope to see a working product that we can use shortly.
  • The inability of using the latest versions on the older OSs. When we migrate or protect 2003 servers, we have to stay with version 7. It would be nice to be able to use version 8 and well as it's new features.

Any disaster recovery solution can be handled by doubletake as well as server migrations. We have performed virtual to virtual, physical to physical, virtual to physical and physical to virtual migrations. There is no other product that can perform a continuous replication process with these different scenarios.

I have yet been able to find a scenario where I found it to be less appropriate.

  • Using Doubletake, we have been able to out quote our competitors.
  • Doubletake is easy to install and operate. An engineer would be able to download the product in the morning and have replication jobs running by that afternoon.

Zerto is a very nice tool when performing virtual to virtual replication. If you were to add a physical server in the mix, it would not be able to handle that server or the data on it.

Veeam is a way is similar to Zerto where it only has the ability to handle virtual to virtual replication. The big difference is that it's not continuous replication. It uses a snapshot technology to grab the changes from the last snapshot and replicate that over.

These folks are engineers within the company
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
I work for the Australian distributor of DoubleTake. We sell the product to our partners and provide 1st and 2nd level support in ANZ. We also use DoubleTake as a migration tool to migrate customers' workloads to the cloud.
  • It migrates Windows servers well
  • It is easy to use
  • It has a great RPO
  • DoubleTake is more expensive than competing products
  • DoubleTake is more manual than competing products
  • Being agent-based at source can cause concern for customers migrating hundreds of servers
Migration/protection of physical servers.

Migration into Azure/AWS.

Less suitable for large numbers of VMs between hypervisors (as competing products can do this agentlessly).
  • It has helped us to service our customers
  • It has helped us provide tools for re-sellers
  • It has allowed our customers to keep their critical apps running in the event of a disaster
It is better for critical apps than Veeam due to the lower RPO. Veeam is favoured by some customers due to it's attractive price point.

Zerto is a very strong product and is innovating continuously. I don't see so much of this from DoubleTake.
July 25, 2017

DoubleTake Move

Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
DoubleTake is being used by the IT department to migrate the workload from a number of deprecated systems to a new data centre site and new infrastructure. It addresses the movement of large volumes of data transparently and without impact to the business and allows a seamless switch over from one site to another (ninety miles apart).
  • System Synchronisation
  • License management is poor and the online system is very restrictive, We are using a one time "Move" product that has a fixed life ... but sometimes in a small team other high priority tasks come along.
  • We lost all access to all licenses in the portal and all support because we hadn't used them in ninety days. Very poor service. We did get access back eventually but it took a lot of "bargaining".
  • Failover isn't always as smooth as it could be. VMDKs don't release properly and the move fails and has to be done manually. Not hard just frustrating. VMWare to VMWare.
I believe it would work well with continuous replication in a DR scenario with no time limits and having the ability to fail back is a bonus, but in a one off move the decision to restrict the time it can sync for has proven to be an issue for us.
  • Moves have been completed without any loss of business and no downtime (previously incurred weekend outages).
  • Old equipment has been retired so the architecture is more secure and resilient.
  • Product Features
  • Third-party Reviews
A managed service partner recommended the product as one they use and we were able to see its use on an environment they manage for us.
I'd look at other products despite the recommendation if I had the time, but I probably wouldn't change anything.
Once through to support it is very good and they have assisted us through a number of issues. I don't always think that they provide a solution, more a workaround, but in a move situation where each copy is moving once, that isn't an issue. I'd be more concerned if we were using it to manage a DR scenario.
We paid to have an engineer online with us and talk us through the first full server failover. This went very smoothly and he spent the remainder of the time we had paid for assisting my colleague to get the setup working properly. This was not part of the engagement but as there was time available he wanted us to be happy and made sure everything was working.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
DoubleTake is being used by the whole organization to provide HA to the critical ERP business systems.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Easy to manage.
  • Support has worked wonders assisting us with troubleshooting.
  • Overall functionality is good. I am good with the way it is now.
Well suited for Windows, VMware and the like type of environments. Can be used for physical to physical, or physical to virtual. I probably would not go from virtual to physical environment, but I suppose it could be done if needed, depending on the situation.
  • No negative impact, only positive. We have used in past the keep essential business systems up and running.
  • We use MIMIX for iSeries. and No other products for Windows / VMware
DoubleTake was recommended by our VisionSolutions partner, because we already using MIMIX.
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