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BlueArc clustered NAS brings savings to hosting company; other data storage news

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief
BlueArc clustered NAS brings savings to hosting company

Implementing clustered NAS from BlueArc has enabled managed services provider Claranet to save £150,000 by halving staff headcount on mail and web hosting services. The project saw Claranet move storage for 200,000 websites and 1.1 million mailbox users from NetApp filers at numerous UK and Europe locations to two BlueArc Titan 3200 clustered NAS devices, each with 30 TB of Fibre Channel (FC) and 30 TB of SATA drives.

Claranet evaluated NAS devices from EMC, NetApp and BlueArc, and took hardware from all three vendors on trial after the firm's existing NetApp filers came to end of life. BlueArc won out over the other two vendors chiefly on the grounds of better pricing and support, said Stephen Richards, Claranet's hosting services centre manager.

"We needed the most competitive option in terms of power usage and capacity. BlueArc struggled at first. We had throughput troubles with millions of very short-lived small files, but BlueArc responded well and issued an upgrade," Richards said.

"Also, being honest here, we're a key customer for BlueArc, whereas we'd be one among very many for NetApp or EMC," he added.

Core Consultancy launches DataSafe data backup and recovery service

London-based Core Consultancy launched a new version of its DataSafe data backup and recovery service. Core DataSafe uses a local backup appliance and a remote data centre network to store and recover critical data. The DataSafe service will now be built on an HP server platform and offer continuous data protection (CDP).

DataFort debuts offsite backup service with AES encryption

DataFort has debuted Bytebaq Professional, an offsite backup service that protects data on workstations, laptops or servers for a fixed yearly fee. Bytebaq Professional charges a fixed cost per machine, regardless of the amount of data to be secured, based on the size of the server's hard drives. The service also offers multiple backup sets, USB disk recovery, 256-bit AES encryption and advanced compression algorithms.

Cloud backup from MTI

Surrey-based consulting services group MTI has released its cloud backup as a service offering. The MTI Cloud Backup service hosts all data in Europe, which ensures customers can comply with local legislation by not letting data out of the continent. The service offers fully automated, secure and encrypted online backup and recovery.

Nasuni virtual NAS device passes beta stage; available for download

Nasuni has announced that its Nasuni Filer has passed the beta stage and is available for immediate download. The Nasuni Filer is a virtual NAS device that runs in VMware to provide access to storage physically located in the cloud. It can be used as primary data storage instead of or in combination with traditional file servers, and features synchronous snapshots, data deduplication and encryption, plus key management for security.

Latest StorageCraft UK products offer bare metal recovery

Backup software vendor StorageCraft UK has released StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server 4.0 and ShadowProtect Small Business Server 4.0. The new versions allow the option of granular recovery of files and folders, or full bare metal recovery. The Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) feature allows users to recover data to the existing system, to different hardware, or to and from virtual environments; the VirtualBoot feature gives administrators the ability to boot any ShadowProtect backup image into a virtual machine (VM).

Sepaton enters into reseller agreement with Hitachi Data Systems

Sepaton has entered into a global reseller relationship with Hitachi Data Systems, under which it has selected the Hitachi Adaptable Modular Storage 2100 (AMS 2100) as the basis for the new generation of Sepaton S2100-ES2 Series 1900 and 2900 data protection appliances. The devices can scale from one to eight nodes of performance, while the physical usable capacity of a single appliance can scale from 12 TB to 1.6 PB.


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