Storage roundup: Disk-based/remote backup fits shoe firm and more

Storage roundup: Hybrid disk-based and remote backup fits shoe firm; financial services firm implements Double-Take failover; 3PAR adds features to InServ platform; and more.

Shoe firm opts for hybrid disk-based and remote backup

London-based footwear maker FitFlop has ditched its Hewlett-Packard (HP) tape library and installed a Barracuda Backup Server 490 disk-based backup appliance plus remote backup to the supplier's data centres. The move has enabled FitFlop to cut costs and management time for backups, and made recovery of files a speedy operation.

The company has two sites with 60 users running Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and Dynamix ERP on virtualised servers. Data is backed up to the 1 TB RAID 5 Barracuda appliance where copies up to a month old are retained before being transferred to Barracuda's data centres.

Simon O'Sullivan, head of IT at FitFlop, said he looked at remote backup services from Iron Mountain and Carbonite, as well as network-attached storage (NAS) products before opting for the Barracuda device/service suggested by incumbent IT services provider to the firm, Bracknell-based Ventrus.

"It works and I can trust it," O'Sullivan said. "It means we have a much decreased time to respond, whether that's getting a file back or recovering from a disaster. It cuts down costs and minimises the work for us in a day-to-day sense in a way that having a device from one supplier and a service from another wouldn't have done."

Financial services firm implements Double-Take failover products

Financial services company Premier Asset Management has implemented Double-Take failover products alongside remote backup and recovery services provided by Commensus, a specialist in cloud hosting services. Premier relies on Double-Take Software to provide high-availability and disaster recovery (DR) support for its applications and data, including Microsoft Exchange 2003, SQL Server and Oracle databases, Citrix and file servers.

"We rely on Double-Take to replicate our application data and workloads, providing comprehensive protection against issues such as downtime or IT failure," said Kevin Strange, divisional director of information technology at Premier Asset Management. "By using Commensus to host our backup and recovery systems, we can reduce our IT running costs and operating expenses using this subscription-based model."

3PAR adds utility storage provisioning and scheduling to InServ platform

3PAR has announced three new features for its InServ platform: 3PAR Autonomic Groups, which is utility storage provisioning and monitoring software; 3PAR Scheduler, which provides an automated scheduling facility for execution of InServ provisioning commands; and 3PAR Host Explorer, which automates host discovery and collection of detailed host configuration information.

Acronis appoints first chief marketing officer

Backup products vendor Acronis has hired Steve Mann as its first chief marketing officer (CMO). He brings more than 20 years of experience in technology marketing to Acronis. Most recently, Mann was with SAP and before that was a principal with BRM Group, a venture capital firm. He was formerly vice president of product strategy at CA.

Crossroads announces SPHiNX virtual tape library

Crossroads Europe has unveiled SPHiNX for the IBM Power Systems server, a virtual tape library that combines disk and tape backup with encryption for AS/400 systems. SPHiNX for Power Systems supports IBM i5/OS and Backup Recovery and Media Services (BRMS). The product allows replication of data from different locations to one target location.

iStorage PIN-encrypted portable hard drive

Portable storage device supplier iStorage has announced the launch of diskGenie, which offers PIN code protection and hardware encryption in a compact form factor. Access to data stored on the diskGenie can only be obtained with a PIN code. The device features AES-256 bit real-time hardware encryption to keep data secure even if the hard drive is removed from the enclosure, and storage capacities of up to 1 TB.

Walsky named new Overland VP of EMEA

Overland Storage has announced the appointment of Andy Walsky as vice president (VP) of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) sales and marketing. The announcement was made at SNW Europe where Overland Storage showcased its recently launched family of NEO 200s and 400s automated tape library solutions, as well as its award-winning family of Snap Server network-attached storage appliances.

SNIA Europe 2009-2011 directors named

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) Europe has announced a new Board of Directors elected by its members for 2009-2011. They are as follows: chair, Bob Plumridge of Hitachi Data Systems; vice chair, Malte Rademacher of EMC; secretary and marketing chair, Denise Ridolfo of NetApp; treasurer, Daniel Sazbon of IBM; and directors Gilles Chekroun of Cisco, Aad Dekkers of MTI, Mike Murphy of Brocade, Thomas Pavel of LSI, Marcus Schneider of Fujitsu and Chris Sopp of HP.

Spectra Logic announces Spectra T-Finity tape library

Spectra Logic has announced the Spectra T-Finity tape library. The product line features multiple, redundant robots, as well as scaling to more than 45 petabytes in a single library and to more than 180 petabytes in a single, unified library complex. The Spectra T-Finity is targeted for use in data-intensive environments such as the large enterprise IT, government, high-performance computing and media/entertainment verticals.

Spectra Logic also announced that it has promoted Brian Grainger to vice president of worldwide sales to oversee all global sales functions, processes and management. Grainger joined Spectra Logic in 2001 as regional sales director of southeast US commercial sales. In 2004, he founded the federal US sales division of the company.

Storage Fusion's new Storage Resource Analysis (SRA) release

Storage Fusion has announced the newest release of its comprehensive Storage Resource Analysis (SRA) flat-rate service. The new release combines all of Storage Fusion's analytic modules into a single unified service with a small monthly subscription fee. Using non-intrusive SaaS technology, SRA claims to help organisations reclaim storage capacity and to optimise the performance of heterogeneous storage estates

Texas Memory Systems announces Opera for Oracle

Texas Memory Systems (TMS) has announced Opera for Oracle environments. Opera integrates TMS' Flash solid-state drives with Oracle 11g, Oracle Automatic Storage Management and Oracle Real Application Clusters to optimise performance-sensitive I/O to RamSan speeds. Opera is scalable to support small- to large-sized databases.


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