Charity opts for cloud disaster recovery; and more storage news

Storage roundup: Save the Children opts for cloud disaster recovery; Frontline Club moves to disk photo archive; West Mids voice communications company gets 15-minute restores; and more.

Save the Children opts for cloud DR

Charity Save the Children UK has implemented cloud disaster recovery from Asigra to protect 20 TB of data. The charity – which focuses on education, food and healthcare work with children in war- and disaster-stricken areas – decided to implement a new disaster recovery plan earlier this year.

With a sizeable amount of data and applications, including finance systems, communications and numerous databases, the charity decided it needed a new strategy that would require fewer in-house resources and a service provider that would manage the organisation's data lifecycle from backup to recovery.

After a thorough evaluation of several options, the IT team chose Asigra Cloud Backup from Asigra partner Databarracks as it promised a minimal-risk course of action and offered agentless enterprise-grade software.

Duncan Wood, server manager at Save the Children, said, "We now have a backup solution that is tailored to our needs, one that requires minimal human intervention and that is financially viable. With Asigra Cloud Backup, data recovery is now almost instantaneous, easy to manage and reliable."

Frontline Club moves to disk photo archive

Journalists' club and charity The Frontline Club -- recently in the news as temporary home of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange -- has upgraded from tape to disk-based systems from Object Matrix as it moved toward digitising its photographic archives.

With access to and longevity of existing tape archives a concern, journalist and club founder Vaughan Smith began to look for a new solution to allow Internet access to the club's 40 years' worth of picture resources.

He said, "With the tapes reaching the end of their life and with limited financial resources, I needed to find a hard disk solution that was robust enough to protect this unique archive into the future. MatrixStore's data self-healing is an overwhelmingly impressive feature, and I wasn't prepared to trust hard disks without it."

West Mids voice communications company gets 15-minute restores

West Midlands-based voice communications provider Wavenet has implemented an off-site disaster recovery service with a 15-minute restore window from Discus Systems and StorageCraft.

Wavenet and its partners provide communications services to more than 8,000 UK business clients, and it had run an off-site backup and recovery solution for a number of years. But, following the accidental deletion of a large volume of critical files, its legacy backup and recovery solution was found to be slow and cumbersome at restoring data.

The disruption lasted several weeks and prompted senior management to seek a replacement. It turned to incumbent IT supplier Discus Systems, which created a Data Vault Security backup and recovery solution using technology from StorageCraft.

"The new system protects all our critical customer account information, service documents and billing in a completely seamless fashion," said Darren Lake, technology director for Wavenet. "Recovering individual files is just a simple phone call to Discus, while a complete server recovery using StorageCraft's VirtualBoot gets us up and running in around 15 minutes," he added.

B2net acquires Cisco specialist Essant

Chesterfield-based reseller B2Net has announced its acquisition of Cisco specialist Essant. The acquisition of Essant will increase B2net turnover for this financial year to £50 million. Essant is a Cisco Gold and Managed Services Partner and was recently awarded Cisco Customer Satisfaction Excellence, which is the highest distinction a partner can achieve within the Cisco Channel Partner Programme.

DotHill in German OEM agreement

SAN array vendor Dot Hill Systems has announced a new OEM agreement with Wortmann AG, a Germany-based IT solutions provider specialising in SMB and home-user markets. Under the terms of the agreement, Wortmann will use Dot Hill products based around the AssuredSAN 3000 Series to develop its Terra IT storage product portfolio and expand the range of storage solutions available to its customers.

Exagrid upgrades dedupe products

Data deduplication appliance vendor ExaGrid Systems has announced it has upgraded its EX1000-EX5000 line of products. The new, smaller EX1000-EX5000 models feature improvements that increase performance by between 25 percent to 160 percent and reduce rack space, power and cooling requirements by as much as 54 percent. The new products are backward-compatible with already installed Exagrid appliances.

Promise brings new NAS lines to UK

Promise Technology has brought the next generation of its SmartStor NS2600 two-bay NAS systems to the UK market. The SmartStor NS2600 can contain up to two hard disk drives and offers users a data capacity of up to 4 TB via a 1 Gbps Ethernet interface. As many as 16 users can access the system, which has transfer rates up to 30 Mbps. It also offers iSCSI functionality for connection as an external hard disk.

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