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NHS trust gets Veeam virtual machine backup; and more news

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

NHS trust opts for Veeam virtual machine backup

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has implemented Veeam Backup & Replication v5 to carry out virtual machine backup in an ongoing project to virtualise its server estate. The trust decided on Veeam’s latest version because its existing backup app was not designed to back up virtual machines, and the process was slow and cumbersome.

The trust will now be able to back up, test and recover critical virtual server infrastructure that services essential IT functions in hospital departments across its three sites and 2,500 users in a fraction of the time previously possible. Departments include Accident & Emergency and Pathology, which need services such as patient records and diagnostics to function 24/7 and where any failure to provide data could cost lives.

The trust currently has 80 virtualised servers in its infrastructure and 40 physical servers. It plans to virtualise its entire physical IT infrastructure to gain the maximum benefits and cost savings from the technology.

Jon Potts, infrastructure manager at the trust, said, “Veeam Backup & Replication has ensured we suffer minimal downtime. It has also allowed us to test all of our backups to verify they will recover without any extra cost. This provides us with a level of resilience we never had with physical-world infrastructure and backups.”

The trust worked with its IT services partner SITS Group and selected Veeam Backup & Replication from a shortlist of three products. Plus points included Veeam Backup & Replication’s near-instant recovery times; capability to verify the recoverability of backups; capability to manage more machines; lower cost; and richer variety of functions, including the ability to create isolated testing environments and to run a virtual machine directly from the backup if needed.

Acronis upgrades Backup & Recovery

Acronis has announced Acronis Backup & Recovery 11, which offers file-based backup and system-level recovery in a single product that can be used in physical and virtual server environments and includes the cloud as a target. Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 features include catalogue and search capability, disaster recovery planning tools, bare-metal recovery for Linux environments, data deduplication, and simultaneous backups of multiple virtual machines for VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V. Acronis Backup & Recovery 11 will be available later in the second quarter.

Autonomy acquires Iron Mountain products

UK-based data management specialist Autonomy will acquire Iron Mountain’s online backup and recovery, digital archiving, and e-discovery products for $380 million in cash.  The acquisition is subject to regulatory review and customary closing conditions and is expected to close within 45 to 60 days.

Drobo appoints Bangs to world sales role

SOHO and SMB storage vendor Drobo has announced that David Bangs has been appointed senior vice president of worldwide sales. Bangs joins Drobo from HP, where he led the HP StorageWorks sales organisation, focused on the emerging growth accounts in the midmarket. Bangs was previously the vice president of worldwide sales at LeftHand Networks. Prior to LeftHand Networks, Bangs served in sales roles at Quantum, Control Data  and Toshiba.

Two new Infortrend models

Array maker Infortrend announced it has added two new models to its EonNAS family of unified storage systems: the EonNAS 3210 and 3220. The new models are designed to meet the storage needs of SMBs, remote/branch offices and enterprise departments and will complement the EonNAS 3200, Infortrend’s existing model for this market segment. The new models feature deduplication and ZFS data protection.

Redstor partnership to boost its Atmos cloud

Cloud storage and IT solutions provider Redstor has announced a partnership with network provider Exponential-e to enable low-latency customer access to its data centres in Slough and Reading at submillisecond speeds. The partnership comes as part of Redstor’s drive to maximise use of its EMC Atmos cloud storage platform and provide secure storage infrastructure services to help customers manage and optimise external clouds. Exponential-e will allow Redstor to develop this cloud offering by enabling customers to upload and download data at high speed from its data centres.

Tandberg acquires ProStor’s RDX IP and team

Norway’s Tandberg Data announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the RDX removable disk technology business from Colorado-based ProStor Systems. Tandberg Data will acquire the RDX business, including intellectual property and key members of ProStor’s RDX engineering team. ProStor Systems, founded in 2005, is the developer of the RDX removable disk technology and the InfiniVault line of intelligent, compliant archive solutions. After the asset acquisition, ProStor will focus on the development, marketing and sales of the InfiniVault range.

Texas Memory Systems awarded patents

Flash storage maker Texas Memory Systems announced it has been awarded two patents by the US Patent Office for techniques it developed to increase reliability within its systems and for the solid-state media used with its devices. The first patent increases the reliability of the company’s RamSan systems by providing predictable performance for a wide range of integrated circuit devices. The second patent relates to a new way in which Texas Memory Systems prevents “read disturb” errors.


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