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Nasuni Filer and cloud storage help school with offsite DR; and other data storage news

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

School opts for Nasuni Filer and cloud storage

London independent school Shrewsbury House has implemented the Nasuni Filer virtual NAS product, which operates as a NAS device on-site with online cloud storage as its target media. With approximately 650 user accounts, the school needed to implement offsite data protection for disaster recovery (DR) purposes.

With only about 200 GB of data to back up, Shrewsbury House did not require a full-featured backup product or service. After evaluating other products, the school settled on Nasuni Filer. Microsoft Windows RoboCopy is used to back up user data to the Nasuni Filer, which then moves data to an online cloud storage provider.

Simon Burns, head of IT at Shrewsbury House, said the school pays approximately £2,000 per year for a Nasuni license and £130 per month in cloud storage costs. Nasuni allows users the option to choose from various cloud storage providers -- Amazon S3, Iron Mountain, Nirvanix and Rackspace -- but Burns checked the option providing for the cheapest unspecified cloud provider.

"We needed offsite backup, but we didn't need a full-featured enterprise product," he said. "Nasuni's big advantage is ease of use and implementation, which is good for less technical colleagues, as well as doing snapshots as often as I want."

Double-Take Software's new Microsoft integration

Double-Take Software has new integration capabilities for Microsoft management systems, including Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager. The new features offer federated application availability and recovery capabilities across the entire Microsoft infrastructure, including Exchange 2010 and Window Server 2008 Hyper-V. Double-Take has also extended management support for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager users by integrating the Double-Take Availability management console with Operations Manager.

FalconStor SMB CDP launch

FalconStor Software has announced the availability of FalconStor Continuous Data Protector (CDP) for Backup, a hardware/software appliance designed to meet the needs of the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) and remote office/branch office (ROBO) markets in Europe. FalconStor CDP for Backup provides backup and data protection capabilities, and combines local and remote protection into a disk-based product. It enables the recovery of data to the most recent transaction, which is achieved by a process of continuous and simultaneous backup of servers and eliminates the backup window.

Mozy offers new cloud storage services

Mozy is offering general availability of MozyHome 2.0 and MozyPro 2.0 for Windows cloud storage services. New enhancements include faster upload speeds, decreased bandwidth usage, new access features, as well as Mozy 2xProtect, which allows Mozy users to back up to a local external drive in addition to Mozy's online data centres. Mozy claims Version 2.0 customers can achieve up to 25% faster backups vs. previous iterations of the product.

Failover vendor SteelEye adds UK resellers

Failover and business continuity (BC) product vendor SteelEye has added two new reseller partners to its sales and customer support efforts in the UK. The two new partners are Reading-based LETN Solutions and London-based 360is.

StorageCraft UK launches HeadStart Restore disaster recovery tools

StorageCraft UK has launched HeadStart Restore (HSR), which enables rapid server recovery in disaster recovery scenarios. HeadStart Restore is a feature of the latest version of ShadowProtect ImageManager Enterprise that allows organisations to create server backup images while backing up the server. In the event of a disaster, the administrator finalises the virtual disk compiled from backups and runs the Hardware Independent Restore feature to get the server up and running.

 


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