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Oil group gets 80-to-1 data deduplication with ExaGrid; and more news

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

Oil industry group gets 80:1 data deduplication with ExaGrid

Oil industry data services group Fugro Data Solutions has achieved data deduplication ratios of up 80-to-1 following the implementation of ExaGrid disk-to-disk backup devices. The company already used a disk-based backup solution but as the business grew, the capacity to cope with the data rapidly shrunk while the backup window became unmanageable. With such long backups and capacity rapidly reducing, the data that Fugro Data held for its customers was at risk and Niels Jensen, IT systems manager at Fugro, began to look for an alternative.

Fugro selected the ExaGrid solution after reviewing alternative providers. Since the ExaGrid system was installed, Fugro said its daily backup window has been significantly reduced to less than three hours, while the weekly backup is completed well within the weekend backup window. The IT team has seen compression rates on average at 15-to-1 with some up to 80-to-1.

Jensen said, “From an operational point of view, the time savings are a huge hidden benefit. My team can deliver almost-instant restores to people throughout the business -- thus enabling them to deliver a better service to Fugro customers. It also frees my team to focus on other projects.”

IBM helps with ancient landscape

The University of Birmingham’s Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity has installed an IBM high-performance computing cluster with 12 TB of storage in a project to reconstruct the prehistoric landscape of the UK. The institute is exploring the submerged landscape of the western UK using sea bed mapping data collected from the oil industry and the fishery protection agency to understand the landscape of our ancestors between 8,000 and 12,000 years ago.

Processing data for the project is an IBM System x3550 M2 Server with 2x4C Intel CPUs and a 12 TB IBM System Storage EXP3000 Express. The solution was designed, configured and installed by Sheffield-based OCF and has reduced the project’s completion time from potentially decades to just two years due to its ability to rapidly recall, store and query vast volumes of data.  

ITN deploys EMC Isilon clustered NAS

Independent news broadcaster ITN has deployed EMC Isilon clustered NAS to consolidate a range of broadcast and business operations. ITN has unified its news production, media asset management and data backup onto a single storage resource to improve workflow efficiency and reduce operating costs. Working with Isilon channel partner Root6, ITN has deployed three Isilon clusters throughout its IT infrastructure to streamline its broadcast operations.

StorageCraft launches new Exchange product

StorageCraft has announced the release of ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange Version 6.1. The new version of the backup software delivers e-mail recovery, search and migration to new Exchange servers. ShadowProtect Granular Recovery for Exchange Version 6.1 complements ShadowProtect Server and ShadowProtect Small Business Server, which provide point-in-time backup images of Exchange servers.

West Brom Building Society deploys NetVault: Backup

The West Bromwich Building Society has implemented Quest (formerly BakBone) NetVault: Backup to consolidate, streamline and strengthen its data protection strategy. The organisation said it selected Quest NetVault to back up 10 TB of data because of its ease of use and deployment, excellent support, and the option to encrypt. The effort to resolve backup failures on legacy software was proving challenging, leading the West Brom’s IT team to investigate alternatives. A Quest NetVault server is now connected to a tape library via a dedicated backup switch and handles all LAN-based backups with all applications now protected by the backup app.

Balesio launches Fileminimizer PDF

Balesio has unveiled Fileminimizer PDF, the latest addition to the company’s stable of data reduction products. Using Balesio's native format optimisation technology, Fileminimizer PDF reduces the size of PDF documents, including those of photographs and graphics, by as much as 90%, generating optimised, high-quality files primed for email sharing. The company said Fileminimizer features an easy-to-use multi-lingual client interface and 50 powerful compression settings for visually lossless PDF files optimisation.

Dot Hill goes to the movies

Dot Hill Systems has launched a certified AssuredSAN video post-production solution for Apple users. The AssuredSAN solution combines Dot Hill’s AssuredSAN shared storage solution with ATTO Celerity Fibre Channel host bus adapters, Final Cut Pro editing software and Autodesk Smoke software. The combined solution has been tested and certified to integrate with Apple workstations running Mac OS X and the Apple Xsan file system.

Druva offers laptop cloud backup

Laptop backup app vendor Druva has announced Druva inSync Cloud, a cloud-based, fully automated, enterprise backup solution that offers instant recovery of data from multiple near-continuous restore points. The company said Druva inSync Cloud can be deployed rapidly and has application-aware data deduplication and integral WAN optimisation that result in 90 percent savings in bandwidth and storage. The application also guarantees 100 percent accuracy in data deduplication for backups and restores, not only on individual laptops but on multiple copies of the same data block that may exist on multiple laptops.

Syncsort announces European resellers

Backup vendor Syncsort has announced two new reseller partners for its NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup: Avnet Technology Solutions in the EMEA region and Altimate group in Europe. Avnet will initially focus on Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK while Altimate will distribute the product in Belgium and Luxembourg. NetApp Syncsort Integrated Backup provides source-side data reduction and target-side data deduplication, eliminates backup windows, provides unified data protection across all data types, and delivers simplified disaster recovery.

TMS to use Toshiba 32 nanometer chips

Texas Memory Systems announced it has selected Toshiba’s next-generation, 32 nanometer SLC flash chips for use in its storage products. These chips allow Texas Memory Systems to lower the price of its flagship RamSan-630 by 15%. Texas Memory Systems claims its customers will be the first enterprise solid-state disk users to benefit from the performance improvements and greater cost efficiencies provided by this new generation of chip.

Virsto launches virtual desktop storage

Virsto Software has launched Virsto VDI, a hypervisor-based storage virtualisation solution designed to decrease the costs of virtual desktop deployments while improving the end-user desktop experience. Initially supporting Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft VDI running on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, Virsto VDI is architected to be storage- and hypervisor-agnostic and enables users to provision and manage thousands of virtual desktops, maximise consolidation of server and storage hardware, and reduce overall storage costs for VDI deployments by more than 70 percent.

Virsto Software has also launched the Virsto Partner Program to address the growing market for storage solutions for virtual server and desktop environments. The new program includes the company's flagship virtual server storage solution, Virsto VSI, and its virtual desktop storage solution, Virsto VDI. 


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