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Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

Cumbria builder slashes backup time with data deduplication from Acronis

Cumbria-based construction company Stobbarts has ditched Symantec Backup Exec and implemented Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 in a move that saw the heavily regulated builder cut backup times by 90% and reduce storage capacity by 55% due to disk-based backup and data deduplication.

IT staff members at the company, which operates in the heavily regulated nuclear industry in the northwest, were becoming concerned at backups eating into the working day and recovery from disaster promising to be time-consuming because backups were file-based.

Stobbarts’ IT partner, Chris Rogan at Unleashed Group, began to evaluate backup products including the latest version of Backup Exec, eventually settling on Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 due to its data deduplication feature and disk-imaging bare-metal restore capability.

A full-image backup of each server is taken once a month and is supported by a differential backup once a week and an incremental one once a day. It takes only a tenth of the time to back up the servers each day, less than an hour per server.

Robert Cooper, finance director at Stobbarts, said, “We use the validation tool on the Acronis software to check that the backups are working correctly so if system failure does occur we can easily recover. We have also invested in redundant hardware and are confident that if our servers did go down, we could restore to the dissimilar hardware and have the systems back up and running in less than a day.”

Atempo results show growth

Data protection vendor Atempo has announced worldwide licence revenues of the Atempo Digital Archive (ADA) platform grew 35 percent last year. Revenues for the company's flagship backup and data protection product, Atempo Time Navigator, also grew 7 percent during the same period. The company said its strong financial results validate the company's strategy to integrate data protection and archiving products.

Väth moves up at HDS

Hitachi Data Systems announced it has named Michael Väth as senior vice president, Global Business Innovation. He will be succeeded as senior vice president and general manager, EMEA, by Niels Svenningsen. Väth’s new role follows six years as senior vice president and general manager, EMEA.

iStorage signs new distribution deals

Portable storage and encryption vendor iStorage has signed five new distribution agreements with the aim of extending its reach into European retail and corporate markets. iStorage has now signed long-term agreements with R&M ICT in the Czech Republic; Bedriftssystems in Finland, Norway and Sweden; and PSP High Value Distribution in Germany. The primary focus for each distributor will be on iStorage’s flagship portable hard drive diskGenie, which features a compact, shock-proof design and ATM-style PIN code access with 128- or 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

Scality partners with Gladinet

Object storage vendor Scality has announced a partnership with US-based cloud services provider Gladinet to offer an end-to-end cloud-based storage solution to help drive cloud adoption for SMBs and enterprises with multiple branch offices. Gladinet's software suite presents a way for SMBs to tap into the advantages of the cloud without disrupting their day-to-day operations. "Scality RING is a massively scalable, object-based storage platform that handles immense amounts of unstructured data with sustained performance and easy operations over time," said Jerry Huang, CEO of Gladinet.


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