FalconStor virtual storage supports server virtualization project at construction company

FalconStor virtual storage implemented at construction company; Buffalo partners with NovaStor; Cloud provider uses DataCore storage virtualization; Infortrend expands array range; Portable solid-state storage; UK SMEs slack at backup; Sepaton new version; StorageCraft launches VirtualBoot.

Construction company builds on FalconStor virtual storage

Construction company Swift Horsman implemented FalconStor's NSS virtual storage product to support a VMware server virtualization project and saved £40,000 by moving away from its existing server-based storage setup.

The Hertfordshire-based company -- which has 250 users at offices UK-wide -- decided to upgrade from its existing configuration of physical servers with FalconStor IPStor pooling direct-attached storage (DAS) when data volumes expanded and storage management grew increasingly onerous.

It opted to begin virtualization of its 30 physical servers with VMware and needed improved shared storage to support this. Without evaluating any other vendors' products, associate director for IT Simon Green decided to stay with incumbent FalconStor and implemented its NSS virtual storage product to link two HP DL380 G5 NAS storage boxes to provide a fault-tolerant cluster.

As well as saving money by being able to grow the storage infrastructure painlessly, the company has ended traditional backup and now plans to replicate to a second disaster recovery site.

"One year ago again we found ourselves in a situation of our storage capacity growing and we needed to move on," Green said. "The NSS product provides high availability, performance and a SAN that will scale for the next three years and host our virtual servers. If we'd stuck with what we had, we'd have spent around £40,000 on servers, storage and staff time to implement and maintain it over the next three years."

Buffalo partners with NovaStor

SOHO storage device maker Buffalo Technology has announced a partnership with data protection and backup software vendor NovaStor. The joint venture will bundle NovaBackup with Buffalo's network-attached storage (NAS) products and will be available through the channel from June 2010. Resellers and distributors will be able to offer customers NovaStor's NovaBackup Business Essentials software within Buffalo's TeraStation range of NAS devices.

Cloud provider uses DataCore virtual storage

DataCore's SANsymphony storage virtualization product has been selected by Durham-based cloud hosting services provider Waterstons. The company is using a pair of DataCore SANsymphony servers on Dell hardware operating in a synchronously mirrored configuration to provide storage for its virtual server-based hosted data centre provision. DataCore's products enable users to make SANs from commodity disk capacity.

Infortrend expands array range

Storage array maker Infortrend has announced the expansion of its Enterprise Scalable Virtualized Architecture (ESVA) Fibre Channel (FC) Series with a new F60 8 Gbps FC to 6 Gbps SAS model. In addition to 6 Gbps SAS drive connectivity, the new storage system also supports solid-state drives (SSDs).

Portable solid-state storage

Middlesex-based iStorage has announced a number of new additions to its range of diskGenie portable storage devices that combine ATM-style PIN code access and hardware encryption. The diskGenie is now available with a solid-state drive (SSD) to enhance reliability, 128-bit AES encryption to cater to a wider range of business needs and an increased hard disk drive (HDD) capacity of 750 GB.

UK SMEs slack at backup

A quarter of UK small businesses never back up their PCs, according to new research commissioned by cloud storage provider Mozy. The survey also found another 22% back up once per month or less. In total the research found almost two-thirds of UK small businesses -- of up to 20 employees -- fail to systematically back up their PCs. The two main reasons given for not backing up were lack of time (33%) and lack of technical know-how (17%).

Sepaton new version

Sepaton has announced the release of a cloud-optimised data protection appliance with the release of Version 5.4 of its software. Sepaton's Storage Pool technology and DeltaStor data deduplication features enable cloud providers and enterprises with private cloud infrastructures to protect data for multiple customers or business units on a single Sepaton S2100-ES2 data protection appliance.

StorageCraft launches VirtualBoot

StorageCraft UK has announced the launch of VirtualBoot, which enables temporary restoration of servers while repairs to physical machines are made. VirtualBoot is part of StorageCraft's flagship ShadowProtect suite and gives administrators the ability to boot any ShadowProtect backup image into a virtual machine using Sun/Oracle VirtualBox. Alongside VirtualBoot, ShadowProtect now offers functionality that enables all backup images to be converted into a virtual machine in either.VHD or .VMDK format without the need to use any third-party technology.


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