Storage roundup: Ambulance staff gets secure USB sticks; Acronis signs Bell Micro deal and more

Ambulance staff gets secure USB sticks; Acronis signs Bell Micro deal; Macro4 offers SAP archiving; backup for failing drives; and the world's most secure data centre?

Ambulance staff gets secure USB sticks

West Midlands Ambulance Service will issue BlockMaster SafeStick USB Flash drives to all members of staff who need to transport data securely. The sticks employ hardware encryption to secure data and can be managed remotely using SafeConsole, which is Web-based and can audit the devices, reset passwords and apply custom policies to SafeSticks no matter where they are.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of more than 100 UK emergency services and NHS organisations currently using SafeStick and SafeConsole to protect portable data. Other medical bodies using the BlockMaster SafeStick include the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust and the Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

"We have been delighted with the SafeSticks, their durability, compact size and military encryption levels. The SafeSticks have provided the reassurance that our data is protected no matter where or who it is with," said Tony Carne, head of ICT at West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Acronis signs Bell Micro deal

Backup software vendor Acronis has signed a partnership agreement with distributor Bell Micro. The deal will see Bell Micro offer Acronis' recently launched portfolio of Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 disaster recovery products. Acronis only offers its products through the channel.

Acronis has also announced the appointment of David Blackman to lead channel relations across its operations in Northern Europe. Blackman joins Acronis from VMware where he served as director of the partner organisation for the Australia and New Zealand region.

Macro4 offers SAP archiving product

Data archiving vendor Macro 4 has announced the launch of its Data Archiving Packaged Service, an entry-level service aimed at enabling faster upgrades of SAP software by reducing the volume of data that needs to be migrated. The new service combines Macro 4 archiving software with consultancy services to move older, static data off SAP databases and into a separate archive.

Backup for failing drives

StorageCraft UK has announced the release of StorageCraft ShadowProtect 3.5. The product is the latest update to the vendor's line of disk-based backup, disaster recovery and system migration software. ShadowProtect 3.5 includes support for Windows Server 2008 R2 plus several new features, including the ability to back up failing hard drives. ShadowProtect 3.5 can also be set up to report when a hard drive begins to fail.

The world's most secure data centre?

Vault Technology Services will offer data centre services from a facility located in the fortress in the Rock of Gibraltar. The 3,000 square metre facility contains 80 rooms and is surrounded by more than 150 metres of solid limestone. It has three independent power sources, pumps its own filtered air and is able to generate power for 30 days.

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