With over 10 years experience working on Double-Take software we at ACC are the ideal choice for anyone needing to purchase either licenses or expertise for high availability or server migration projects.
Double-Takes unique replication and migration capabilities are impressive (on one occasion we were able to use it to perform the worlds first 'Windows Update' transplant) but perhaps the most amazing thing about Double-Take, is that after such an epic journey through time (spanning nearly three decades), its core technology is still going strong today (under the Carbonite brand). Such longevity must be considered the ultimate hallmark of outstanding product performance & quality. Double-Take has more than stood the test of time, it has defied convention in that it has continued to improve and evolve through multiple acquisitions. Up to the present day, Double-Take technology remains the impregnable rock which IT managers across the globe cling to for server salvation in times of crisis!
The only downside of such a prolific product journey is that with the passage of time, and with so much change, a little confusion is unavoidable.
Double-Take products have come and gone. There have been multiple product (and company!) re-brands. It could be argued that the hardest part of deploying Double-Take for your server migration or high availability project, is working out what on earth that product you knew and loved from a previously successful project, is actually called today!
"What is (insert Double-Take product name here) called today" is by far our most frequently asked Double-Take query.
In a bid to clear up this confusion we have invested a little time in documenting this amazing products ancestry.
So whether you are searching frantically for Double-Take DR, Double-Take Flex, or perhaps Vision Solutions Double-Take SQL Move, and have hit a dead end - a quick read through our Double-Take product timeline should reveal all!
Once you have found the answer to your Double-Take quandary don't forget that if you would like us to help you on your voyage to high availability or server migration nirvana, all you need to do is get in touch!
Double-Take is born, created by NSI Software!
Double-Take Version 4. Protects Windows NT 3.51 or 4.0, Server or Workstation but crucially protected applications which included Oracle, MS SQL and MS Exchange also.
GeoCluster functionality. Unlike MSCS (Microsoft Cluster Server) which required both sites to run from centralised shared storage, GeoCluster enabled cluster stretching from site A to site B but with without the requirement of a shared (single point of failure) storage pool.
March: re-brands to Double-Take Software.
July: Launch of www.doubletake.com
January: Double-Take Server Recovery Option announced for system state / fully server restore.
November: Double-Take 5 released.
December: Double Take acquires Time Spring.
Product line up for 2007:
Introduction of ‘TimeData’ product (using technology from acquired TimeSpring) for CDP. Double-Take Linux appears (replication only).
July: Double-Take acquired Emboot Software (netboot/I and Sanfly) (would later become ‘Flex’ product).
October: ‘LiveWire’ product launched (would become Double-Take Backup, then Double-take RecoverNow, and then Double-Take DR).
Product line up end of 2008:
November: Launch of new product line up:
February: Double-Take Cloud launched.
May: Vision Solutions agrees to acquire Double-Take.
VISION SOLUTIONS OWNERSHIP
November: Double-Take Backup re-branded as Double-Take Recover Now.
Double-Take Share appears. Share was a cross database 'translation/transformation' solution, previously going by the name of Replicate 1, previously OmniEnterprise from Lakeview Technologies. Lakeview was acquired by Vision in August 2007. Lakeview did not create OmniEnterprise themselves, they acquired the technology from arch rival Praxis International Inc in October 1998!
DoubleTake 6.0 launched.
DoubleTake 7.0 launched.
Double-Take RecoverNow becomes Double-Take DR
February: Double-Take SQL Move appears (MS SQL Migration solution) - this product is regularly confused with Double-Take Share. SQL Move is essentially Double-Take replication technology accentuated with Powershell scripting. The products main use is to facilitate the migration of SQL Databases from older to newer editions with minimal downtime.
May: Clearlake Capital acquires Vision Solutions “Behdad Eghbali, a Managing Partner of Clearlake. “We are pleased to partner with Vision’s highly talented management team, led by Nicolaas, to continue to grow and build out both the Vision Power Systems and Double-Take Software businesses.”.
November: Double-Take Move For Linux launched.
Late 2016: Double-Take 8 launches.
Product line up at end of Vision Solutions ownership:
January: Clearlake Capital sells Double-Take part of Vision Solutions to Carbonite. Double-Take Share remains at Vision Solutions.
August: Clearlake Capital sells majority share of Vision Solutions and SynSort to Centerbridge Partners.
October: Carbonite introduce Carbonite Availability, Carbonite Move, Carbonite Cloud Migration. Double-Take DR (formally RecoverNow and Backup) is discontinued.
December: Carbonite introduce Carbonite Recover (DRaaS) – a backup as a service solution to Carbonites own cloud.
Product Line up at end of 2017:
May: Carbonite Move re-named Carbonite Migrate.
Carbonite Cloud Migration becomes integrated inside Carbonite Migrate.
Product line-up at end of 2018 (Double-Take technology based)
The three Double-Take technology based products nicely compliment Carbonite's other backup solutions that cover endpoints and traditional server backup. These capabilities were previously missing from the Double-Take range.
These solutions are currently:
The final line up results in an incredibly strong & capable product portfolio, meaning that at last it is now possible to purchase award winning solutions for H/A, Migration, Cloud Backup, Endpoint Backup and Server Backup, all from the same vendor.
Some may say this is great for 'one throat to choke', but I prefer to take a more positive attitude of: 'one back to pat!'