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Storage roundup: Mimecast helps Salvation Army, StorMagic boosts channel network and more

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief
Mimecast helps Salvation Army

The Salvation Army UK Territory has selected Mimecast's software-as-a-service email archiving, continuity and security product to help eliminate spam -- previously up to 90% of all incoming emails -- and improve email security. Mimecast now provides more than 3,000 of the charity's users across the UK with an email content filtering system.

The charity's IT staff was spending vast amounts of time each week identifying legitimate emails and was in danger of eliminating genuine messages. The Mimecast product now provides The Salvation Army with multiple tiers of anti-malware, including zero-day protection technologies, data leak prevention and multiple forms of encryption.

"The benefits gained through this service were immediately apparent and even the implementation was seamless," said Martyn Croft, chief information officer at The Salvation Army UK Territory with the Republic of Ireland. "Because of the success of this project so far, we look forward to taking advantage of Mimecast's additional services such as email archiving and continuity that can retrieve over 10 years' worth of emails within just a couple of seconds."

StorMagic boosts channel network

iSCSI storage-area network (SAN) management product vendor StorMagic has expanded its channel network in the United States, Europe and Australia. Among the new partners who recently joined the StorMagic worldwide channel network are Bulgaria-based reseller eFellows and Applaud IT in Australia. The company attributes this growth to a successful promotion in which end users can obtain a promo key for a free copy of its SvSAN software that allows management of up to 2 TB of data with no expiration date.

Email archiving supplier chooses 3PAR arrays

Cloud-based email archiving provider LiveOffice has saved more than $500,000 by reducing capacity requirements, administration costs and power consumption after deploying 3PAR Utility Storage. LiveOffice also reduced its data centre footprint by 66% as a result of replacing three legacy storage arrays with a single 3PAR InServ T-Class storage server. LiveOffice has already saved $300,000 on disk purchases using 3PAR's thin provisioning software, which enables the SaaS provider to allocate storage only as it's actually required for Exchange data writes.

NetApp adds native compression to SnapMirror

NetApp has added native network compression to its SnapMirror thin replication product. NetApp claims that SnapMirror customers can now improve network bandwidth efficiency by up to 70% compared with existing storage and network efficiencies achieved with SAN thin replication. Thin replication can efficiently replicate production data and, with NetApp FlexClone copies, provide multiple, instant copies for disaster recovery, decision support and business intelligence analysis, as well as support a development and test environment.

3PAR and Exanet offer SAN/NAS combo

3PAR has partnered with Exanet by supporting Exanet ExaStore Clustered NAS Servers on 3PAR Utility Storage SANs. The combination of NAS and SAN -- known as multiprotocol storage -- addresses the requirements of customers who need to add file services to block-level storage environments.

BakBone embraces disk-based backup

BakBone Software has announced the launch of the Open Data Protection platform, which is optimised for disk-based backup while also allowing for tape-based operations. The new platform will allow users to centralise their data protection operations under one "pane of glass," even with third-party applications, while also offering these environments the ability to deduplicate their data using BakBone or third-party deduplication technology. Product rollout is set for later in the autumn.


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