Storage roundup: New Acronis product adds deduplication, virtualization support

Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 gets data deduplication and virtualisation support; Clearpace NParchive now archives on Centera; Airport deploys DataCore SANmelody

New Acronis backup product gets dedupe and virtualisation support

Backup software vendor Acronis has launched Backup & Recovery 10, the latest version of its True Image family of tools. The new version incorporates data deduplication and support for virtualised environments, including VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer and Parallels.

Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 can back up and restore Microsoft or Linux-based servers or workstations to their full operating state prior to any failure, including operating system and individual applications, updates, settings and data. The product is aimed at small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but can scale to thousands of machines. It includes a new host-based virtual machine (VM) backup agent that enables backup and restore of live VMs through VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V APIs without installing a client in each virtual machine.

"Organisations, regardless of size, are striving to maximise the impact of their technology initiatives," said Dave Russell, research vice president at analyst group Gartner. "They require such important features as using one product for both virtual and physical backup, data deduplication for faster and more efficient backups, and the ability to manage every backup process from a single console."

Clearpace NParchive now archives on Centera

Archiving vendor Clearpace has completed integration between NParchive and EMC's Centera content addressed storage (CAS). NParchive is a purpose-built software repository for structured or semi-structured data, and integration with the EMC product means the NParchive repository can sit on the Centera platform. The integration of NParchive with Centera allows inactive relational data from any database or log file to be stored on the Centera storage platform while preserving full SQL access through industry-standard reporting tools.

Airport deploys DataCore SANs

Newcastle International Airport has implemented a pair of DataCore SANmelody storage-area networks (SANs) at the airport's two data centres. The airport deployed two storage servers, one in each IT facility, with synchronous replication across a Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network using iSCSI. DataCore's product allows SANs to be built using Windows servers and commodity disk.

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