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Architects add Asigra cloud backup, and other storage news

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

Architects add Asigra cloud backup

The UK's Architects Registration Board (ARB) has implemented online backup provider Databarracks' Asigra Televaulting, which is powered by Asigra's cloud backup product.

The ARB is the body set up by the UK Parliament as independent regulator of architects. A lack of confidence in legacy backup systems -- reliant on tape storage media and susceptible to human error -- led the ARB to seek alternatives. An automated online backup solution for its Windows- and Linux-based platforms appeared the most suitable to ensure the ARB's IT environment and data were protected by a dependable, robust and cost-efficient service.

Databarracks was selected as a supplier and it designed a solution based around Asigra Cloud Backup. It runs automatically, eliminates the need for the removal and storage of backup media and enables the ARB to completely remove any human interaction from the backup process.

Karen Holmes, ARB's deputy registrar, said, "As an organisation with limited IT resources, we were keen to outsource this important but often mundane and time-consuming process to dedicated professionals. Since the service was deployed, our IT staff has been less strained, allowing us to focus on adding value to the organisation as well as bolstering business continuity."

NetApp announces UK education customers for virtualization projects

NetApp has announced three UK customer wins in the education sector at colleges that have implemented storage hardware to support server virtualization.

Regent's College, London, required migration of server and data infrastructure from an existing mix of physical and virtual server infrastructure to a fully virtualized server environment. It now uses NetApp FAS2040s with VMware to gain fast response times to stored systems and data and an increase in storage capacity. The integrator was Logicalis.

Meanwhile, Salford City Academy engaged LIMA Networks to implement NetApp and VMware technology to virtualize the majority of its servers while decommissioning many out-of-date physical servers.

Elsewhere, York College has implemented NetApp V Series storage virtualization hardware to bring about disaster recovery provision using the institution's existing hardware.

Paul Wooding, head of public sector at NetApp, said, "In common with every other public-sector organisation, each of these organisations are examining every opportunity to maximise their budgets. In each case the customer has not only met their initial requirement, but has put in place a highly adaptable storage strategy which will deliver the most efficient and cost-effective data management solution available today."

Acronis expands UK operations and adds disk products

Backup software vendor Acronis has opened a new UK office and added eight people to its UK operations over the past six months to support its customers and channel partners. The company has strengthened its marketing and sales teams with the appointments and opened a new office in Hounslow to accommodate the expanded team.

Acronis has also announced disk management products, Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Server and Acronis Disk Director 11 Advanced Workstation. The two products aim to simplify the job of moving, resizing and creating partitions on local and remote machines. They combine several features to shorten the time administrators need to convert, resize, copy, split and merge both local and remotely located volumes.

Buffalo TeraStation gains VMware certification

SMB storage-focussed storage vendor Buffalo Technology has announced its TeraStation III iSCSI product range has achieved VMware Ready status. This designation indicates that Buffalo's TeraStation III iSCSI Desktop (TS-IXL/R5) and TeraStation III iSCSI Rackmount (TS-RIXL/R5) have passed a detailed evaluation and testing process managed by VMware and are now listed on the VMware Partner Product Catalogue.

Drobo adds DroboPro FS to range

SOHO storage vendor Data Robotics has announced the DroboPro FS, which is aimed at enabling small businesses to deploy network storage and offsite backup. The DroboPro FS features BeyondRAID technology, network file sharing, automated backup and redundant network connections.

Fujitsu launches SMB NAS

Fujitsu has launched the CELVIN NAS Server Q800, a network attached storage (NAS) device targeted at SMBs and home-office based workers. The new NAS device targets businesses whose data is currently pooled using storage such as USB drives and file server disks. Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and RAID protection are featured in the Q800.

Overland acquires cloud vendor MaxiScale

Overland Storage has announced the acquisition of scalable file serving vendor MaxiScale. Overland has gained MaxiScale's assets, intellectual property and key members of its engineering team. The company's technology, which is currently being integrated into Overland's file storage portfolio, is used in cloud-scale storage products.

Sepaton appointment

Disk-based data protection vendor Sepaton has announced the appointment of Joe Forgione as senior vice president of business development and product management. Forgione was until recently CEO of mValent, a data centre applications management software company. Forgione has also held executive positions in general management and solution and product management with Novell, Lotus/IBM and Data General.


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