Storage roundup: UK data backup practices behind those of France, Germany; and more

UK IT managers behind in data backup; Dot Hill 8 Gb Fibre Channel; Iron Mountain acquires Mimosa Systems; Nimbus Technology releases cloud storage service; Overland LTO-5 technology; and more.

UK businesses need to improve their data backup practices, according to a recent Acronis survey of 600 IT managers in the UK, France and Germany about backup and disaster recovery. More than one-third (38%) of respondent firms do not back up employee workstations, and 20% of IT managers expect it would take them a week to recover their systems in a disaster recovery scenario.

The survey found that 40% of UK IT managers backed up workstations automatically, 22% did it manually and a staggering 38% did not back up workstations at all. The UK results compared unfavourably with those from Germany and France, where only 9% and 6% of respondents, respectively, did not back up workstations.

When asked whether they were confident that they could recover in a disaster recovery scenario, 72% of all respondents thought they could. Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed thought they could recover their systems in a morning, while 10% believed they could do so within an hour. The largest proportion of those questioned thought they could recover all systems within a day, although 20% did not expect to be back online for a whole week.

Dot Hill 3000 Series disk arrays support 8 Gb Fibre Channel

Dot Hill Systems has announced it is shipping its 3000 Series disk arrays with support for 8 Gb Fibre Channel SANs, dual interface 8 Gb Fibre Channel, 1 Gb iSCSI and AssuredRemote data management software. The optional AssuredRemote software offers remote-office data protection, recovery and migration. The 3000 Series 8 Gb Fibre Channel capability is backward-compatible with existing 4 Gb Fibre Channel and 1 Gb iSCSI installations.

Iron Mountain acquires Mimosa Systems

Iron Mountain has acquired Mimosa Systems for approximately $112 million in cash, subject to closing adjustments. The deal provides Iron Mountain with an integrated archive for email, SharePoint data and files, and gives the company an on-premises archiving option to complement its existing cloud-based archives.

Mimecast appoints SVP

Email management and archiving service provider Mimecast has appointed Jonathan Gale as senior vice president of product management. Gale joins Mimecast from MessageLabs where he spent eight years working in senior management positions. Prior to his time at MessageLabs, Gale led business development for BT Consulting, and also worked for Touchbase Communications, a technology VAR.

Nimbus Technology releases cloud storage service

UK-based infrastructure hosting and cloud computing provider Nimbus Technology has announced released its Nimbus Cloud Storage Service. The service is powered by Mezeo Software's Cloud Storage Platform, a Web Services API-based cloud storage platform purpose-built for service providers. With the Mezeo platform, Nimbus will offer advanced file sharing and collaboration, content tagging and access to stored files from Windows desktops, as well as BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smartphone clients.

Overland introduces NEO E Series with LTO-5 technology

Overland Storage has introduced the Overland family of NEO E Series tape libraries, which use LTO-5 technology. Storage capacities range from 45 TB to 3 PB, with data transfer rates of up to 24 TB per hour, a claimed 20% increase in data throughput vs. their LTO-4-based predecessors. Overland has also launched the NEO Upgrade and Save Program, which allows current NEO customers to receive cash rebates by upgrading legacy NEO tape drive technologies to new LTO-5 products.

Stonewood Group launches Eclypt encrypted SSDs

Dorset-based Stonewood Group has launched its Eclypt family of encrypted internal and external solid-state drives (SSDs). The external drive is available with capacities of 160 GB and 256 GB, while the internal drive is available in capacities of 128 GB and 256 GB. The drives are manufactured by Intel and Toshiba. Stonewood's encrypted hard drives are approved by state security agency GCHQ for military and government use. Pricing starts from £600.

Mozy moves to StrongMail Message Studio for transactional email

EMC's Mozy online backup service has selected StrongMail Systems' StrongMail Message Studio to centralise its marketing and transactional email on one platform and integrate directly with data, while also lowering costs and streamlining operations. Mozy previously relied on an email service provider for promotional messages and a custom in-house solution for transactional messages.

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