Council saves with Acronis disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and data deduplication

Storage roundup: Council saves with Acronis disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and data deduplication; BlueArc sees further revenue growth; Buffalo debuts new NAS devices; and more.

Council saves with Acronis disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and data deduplication

Rochford District Council has cut labour spent carrying out backups by two hours a day and saved nearly 70% of disk space using disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and data deduplication after ditching Veritas Backup Exec 10 and implementing Acronis Backup & Recovery.

The Essex local authority began to evaluate its backup options via incumbent consultancy SunGard Availability Services and found that server restore times were unacceptably long and that the Veritas software did not support disk-to-disk backup, which was felt to be more reliable and faster than existing tape methods.

Data is held directly on HP physical servers and VMware virtual servers and was backed up each night to tapes, which were stored at a remote location. Backups were time-consuming, often creeping into working hours and impacting staff productivity.

SunGard put Acronis' disaster recovery features to the test by running an exhaustive two-day workshop where the IT team had to restore six live servers using Acronis Backup & Recovery 10. This task was accomplished by the Acronis software the first time and without any issues, and SunGard advised Rochford to upgrade to 25 Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 licenses.

The council now backs up to disk cache, and backups are complete by 4 a.m. each morning. In addition, Rochford is using the Acronis product's data deduplication feature and has reduced data from around 500 GB to less than 200 GB. Restores are near instant as files can be recovered from disk instead of off-site tape.

Barrie Madsen, contract manager for SunGard, said, "We can now do a lot more with the same amount of equipment. We have knocked hours off our day. This is due to two factors. Firstly, we can back up to disk to an image server, which is then backed up to tape so we can store the backups off-site. Secondly, we deployed Acronis' deduplication option, which had some benefits which we had not previously examined."

BlueArc sees further revenue growth

Clustered NAS vendor BlueArc has announced it has achieved record third-quarter revenue driven by rapid growth in customer adoption and 100% quarter-over-quarter growth in channel revenues. BlueArc claims new customer adoption has tripled since the Mercury storage platform was introduced last year, growth in the enterprise through key partners and rapid progress in data intensive markets such as e-discovery, plus channel revenue that has grown over the past several quarters, more than doubling in each of the last two.

Buffalo debuts two new NAS devices

Buffalo Technology has announced two NAS products that offer small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) high-speed processing, data transfer and data protection functionality. The LinkStation Pro, which is available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities, is an update on the vendor's existing home and SMB NAS device. The LinkStation Pro Duo, available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities, is a new addition to the LinkStation V-series line and offers dual drives with RAID redundancy for data protection and user-removable quick-swap hard drives.

CMS in StratoGen cloud deal

London-based distributor CMS Peripherals has announced the signing of a partnership agreement with StratoGen, a managed hosting company, to provide cloud replication for Dell EqualLogic array users. Under the terms of the agreement, CMS Peripherals will distribute StratoGen's services to its reseller channels throughout the UK and Ireland and recruit and authorise resellers for StratoGen.

Dot Hill's new storage appliances

Dot Hill Systems has announced a new portfolio of storage appliances -- AssuredUVS Standard and AssuredUVS Datacentre. The products aim to bring the benefits of storage virtualisation to the SMB market by combining software, servers and storage into an appliance. The products enable users to manage block storage (Fibre Channel or iSCSI) and file storage (NAS systems with CIFS or NFS) with a common set of data management features such as snapshots, thin provisioning, tiered provisioning, replication, synchronous mirroring and data migration from a single user interface.

Dot Hill has also announced the availability of its AssuredSAN 3320 and 3330 four-port 1 Gigabit Ethernet iSCSi storage arrays, which will be sold into OEM and channel markets.

Fortuna shifts Proware RAID/MAID

Distributor Fortuna Power Systems has announced the UK availability of Proware EPICa EP-3164 RAID/MAID subsystems. Proware's EP-3164 range is VMware, XenServer 5.0.0 and Microsoft Hyper-V compatible and provides high-speed and high-availability general-purpose storage to virtualised, cloud computing and grid computing platforms. Fortuna claims customers in vertical markets including video, bioscience, oil and gas, banking, and CCTV.

Infortrend Fibre Channel/iSCSI in EonStor DS

Array maker Infortrend has announced that hybrid Fibre Channel/iSCSI host connectivity available in its midrange ESVA family is now also available in some of its new entry-level EonStor DS storage systems. The new EonStor DS systems enable SMBs to deploy mission-critical applications on Fibre Channel while configuring remote replication via iSCSI-based data transmission over Ethernet. The new EonStor DS hybrid models come with four 8 Gbps Fibre Channel and two 1 GbE iSCSI ports per controller and are available in single- or dual-controller configurations.

Mozy 2.0 for Mac in Europe this year

EMC's Mozy backup service has announced Mozy 2.0 for Mac. With a native-Mac user experience, Mozy 2.0 for Mac aims to make it easier and faster for Mac users to run and monitor backups and restores using MozyPro for business information or MozyHome for personal data. Mozy 2.0 for Mac is available now in the US and will roll out across Europe by the end of the year.

QStar launches object storage device

QStar Technologies has announced the launch of QStar Object Storage Manager (OSM). QStar's OSM stores data to disk as objects rather than files and has the potential to grow to billions of objects as each object is given a unique hash and replicated a user-defined number of times to unique disk locations. QStar's OSM includes a back-end object storage system containing servers with disk storage and a front-end CIFS/NFS gateway server.

VirtualSharp's new release 

VirtualSharp Software has announced the availability of the latest release of its flagship VirtualSharp ReliableDR product, Release 2.1. VirtualSharp's products offer "disaster recovery orchestration," a technique it claims leverages cloud computing concepts to generate Virtual Verification Containers, mini data centres where recovery policies are ascertained in fenced environments using automated certification processes. The latest release offers support for hybrid applications and out-of-the-box recovery certification for the most popular Microsoft and Oracle application components, as well as Linux Apache.


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