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Chemical firm opts for Acronis for XenServer backup

Antony Adshead, UK Bureau Chief

Chemical firm gets Acronis for XenServer backup

Zeon Chemicals Europe has implemented Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 for XenServer backup in a move that saw it drop incumbent backup app Symantec and cut restore times to four hours with the ability to operate with mixed physical and virtual servers.

Zeon is a developer and supplier of polymers used in applications including plasma TV screens and in mobile phones. The company’s European IT operations are run from its Windows- and Linux-based data centre in Wales, from where its WAN connects to 183 staff and 150 workstations at remote sites in Italy, France, Germany and Spain.

Nigel Trego, ICT manager at Zeon, decided to look at a new backup app when the company set out on a project to virtualise its server estate using Citrix XenServer. “Ideally, we wanted a single solution that would allow the company to back up and recover workstations and servers in a hybrid physical and virtual environment.”

Zeon looked at several solutions, including products from Symantec and PHD Virtual, but Trego believed they lacked the physical-to-virtual capabilities and Citrix integration he was looking for.

Eventually, Trego settled on Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 for XenServer backup. He said, “Its ability to convert data from a physical to a virtual environment and back again is impressive. It also provides key functions such as bare-metal restore and the ability to restore to dissimilar hardware that were not available or so easily manageable elsewhere.”

A full image of each Zeon server is scheduled once a month, and incremental backups of email databases and shared files take place daily. If a critical server goes down, it can be restored in less than four hours. Bare-metal restore enables fast recovery of a failed server without having to first manually load the operating system and applications. Also, the new XenServer backup setup allows restoration of virtual servers to a physical server if needed.

Print firm installs ATA-over-Ethernet

Printing equipment company Duplo International has deployed Coraid EtherDrive ATA-over-Ethernet technology to build shared-storage infrastructure for a Microsoft Hyper-V environment.

Duplo opted for shared storage for the first time to support a server virtualisation project and engaged reseller Axis First for help designing the architecture. Both parties agreed a Fibre Channel-based infrastructure would be too expensive and complex, but Duplo was not prepared to sacrifice performance by deploying iSCSI.

Axis First implemented a no-single-point-of-failure architecture centred around two Coraid EtherDrive SRX2800 16-disk high-performance Ethernet SAN arrays and two VSX2500 SAN virtualisation appliances, which run over Duplo’s 1 Gbps Ethernet network.

Nick Dixon, technologies sales director at Axis First, said, “We initially looked at Coraid because of the low TCO, but we were then blown away by the performance and the simplicity. We have been able to deploy enterprise-class features with a midrange budget; the Coraid solution came at less than half the cost of a similar-performance Fibre Channel environment.”

Dot Hill support 3 TB drives

Dot Hill Systems has announced its AssuredSAN 3000 Series storage arrays are now available with 3 T B disk drives. Dot Hill claims it can now deliver customers up to 36 TB of data capacity in a 2U entry-level system. AssuredSAN 3000 Series arrays also have AssuredRemote capability, which enables disaster recovery protection with support for up to 1,000 snapshots per storage array.

Enhance’s new EU HQ

Array maker Enhance Technology has announced the establishment of its EU headquarters in Telford, Shropshire. The new EU headquarters aims to provide Enhance customers in Europe and Africa with better sales service and support and will serve as logistic centre for branch offices in Germany and Italy.

Infortrend also supports 3 TB drives

Array maker Infortrend has announced that storage systems in its EonStor DS and EonNAS families now offer support for enterprise-class 3 TB disk drives. Thomas Kao, director of product planning at Infortrend, said, “Raw capacity remains one of the key considerations for SMBs and enterprises when buying storage systems. By working in close cooperation with HDD vendors such as Hitachi GST, we are among the first storage system vendors to offer support for 3 TB drives.”

Nexenta launches open source scale out

Open source storage vendor Nexenta Systems has announced the availability of Namespace Cluster, which allows thousands of storage nodes to dynamically scale out capacity and performance while working as one file system. Namespace Cluster adds horizontal scalability to NexentaStor’s existing ability to scale vertically, allows migration of data between nodes without end-user disruption, simplifies management of numerous files across up to 256 storage machines and manages an entire federation of nodes from any single node. 

NovaStor launches cloud backup app

Data protection vendor NovaStor has announced the availability of NovaBackup xSP 12.1, a cloud backup platform for managed services providers. The company said the platform features faster data transfers, a reduction of cache load during online backup, cloud restore functionality, Microsoft Exchange 2010 support for single-mailbox availability, and a full set of features that allow service providers to offer individualised customer management with little administrative effort.

VirtualSharp’s new version

VirtualSharp Software has announced the availability of ReliableDR 2.5, the newest version of its flagship product. VirtualSharp ReliableDR 2.5 allows organisations to completely automate disaster recovery testing to reduce its risk, cost and complexity. The product also offers a real-time view of the recovery readiness of an IT environment to help enterprises ensure they are meeting compliance and IT governance requirements.


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