Neverfail has released a new version of its Continuous Availability Product Suite. The company said that the enhanced release now offers simpler customisation by doing away with complex scripting required by other replication products.

In addition, version 5.3 offers a self-tuning feature which automatically detects and configures protection for new data locations and services in real time. Monitoring of the primary and secondary server should also guarantee other activities (such as rogue system processes locking access to target files) said the company.

"The combination of application management and full ecosystem protection is a sea change for the business continuity market," said Paddy Falls, Neverfail’s chief technology officer. "Providing intelligent insight into all components gives IT administrator’s confidence that the application stack and the entire IT system are healthy and continuously available to end users."

Neverfail faces stiff challenges from established players in the market, particularly those providing virtualisation as they have all developed capabilities that would help an organisation avoid the effects of an outage, regardless of whether it was caused by a physical problem or an administrative or operational problem. These products often support a number of different types of systems.

Continuous Availability Suite protects a wide range of applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server, File Server and IIS, as well as RIM BlackBerry, VMware VirtualCenter, IBM Lotus Domino and Captaris RightFax, but it addresses only the needs of a Windows-based products. This is fine for medium-sized organisations that have a homogeneous Windows-based IT infrastructure, but it won’t address the needs of larger organisations.