Recruitment firm gets cloud backup

Storage roundup: Jobs firm gets cloud backup; Eden Project grows for NetApp; Law firm’s WAN optimisation; German space centre gets Atempo, and more news.

Recruitment firm gets cloud backup

UK-based Monarch Recruitment has implemented Asigra-powered OnDemand Recovery’s cloud backup and cut data restore times by about 80%. Monarch’s previous backup strategy was based on tape, with restore times often in excess of 12 to 13 hours.

By sending the backup into the cloud, it is stored safely off-site and is easily accessible from any of Monarch’s 13 locations, according to Asigra. Even data from remote offices with no dedicated IT staff is now easy to reach and control remotely from any company branch, said Asigra; in addition, the agentless solution also significantly reduced administration costs.

Phil Hynes, head of IT operations at Monarch, said, “Moving our backups to the cloud has had a significant impact on our productivity by improving recovery times and making accessing our data quicker and easier. We can now spend more time on other business-critical applications to better support the organisation.”

Monarch Recruitment’s applications, including Microsoft SQL, Active Directory and Hyper-V, are all supported by Asigra Cloud Backup.

Eden Project grows for NetApp

The Eden Project, an environmental education resource center in Cornwall, has moved to a shared storage infrastructure based on NetApp filers to support a VMware-based server virtualisation project. The revamped virtual environment took only a month to implement and proved its efficient IT promise with an ROI payback within 18 months. The Eden Project worked with NetApp partner S3 Consulting to deploy a shared infrastructure combining a NetApp FAS2000 array with 7 TB of capacity and VMware ESX.

Law firm gets WAN optimization

Sussex-based law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has deployed Silver Peak WAN optimisation as part of a move to deliver IT services from a hosted data centre. Faced with an outdated IT infrastructure, the firm has simplified its network infrastructure and ensured a consistent desktop experience across its offices. Thomson Snell & Passmore built a completely new infrastructure with Microsoft Office 10, SharePoint and Pilgrim Systems Lawsoft all delivered via Citrix XenApps from a hosted data centre in Reading.

German space centre gets Atempo backup

Backup vendor Atempo has announced that the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is protecting all its data from the Columbus research project at the International Space Station (ISS) with the Atempo Time Navigator (ATN) backup solution. The DLR uses two Hitachi NAS products in combination with USP VM storage systems in a primary data centre that are mirrored to the backup data centre. Backup of the entire system is performed centrally with Atempo Time Navigator, which saves the data daily to a tape library and completes a full backup every two weeks for the 14 file systems in the DLR's six independent subsystems.

ExaGrid supports IBM TSM

Disk-based backup product vendor ExaGrid has announced support for IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).  IBM TSM customers will now be able to deploy an ExaGrid disk-based appliance in a TSM backup environment. ExaGrid claims customers will gain a further 10:1 data reduction for 30 days’ retention on top of gains made from TSM’s “incremental forever” methodology.

GreenBytes’ deduplicating SAN launch

GreenBytes has announced the HA-3000, an inline deduplicating SAN appliance designed for primary storage applications. The HA-3000 combines solid-state storage with spinning disk in a dual-controller form factor. Each HA-3000 controller comes equipped with four 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and two 10 GbE network ports, making it suitable for use as an iSCSI SAN. It also has built-in snapshots and replication.

Infortrend gets STEC SSDs

Array maker Infortrend and SSD maker STEC have announced that storage products in Infortrend’s ESVA, EonStor DS and EonNAS product families are now available with STEC Mach16 SSDs. Mach16 SSDs available for Infortrend solutions include single-level cell (SLC) models with capacities of 100 GB and 200 GB and performance of up to 26,000 IOPS. Sustained data transfer rates can reach up to 250 MB per second (read) and 180 MBps (write), the companies said.

Virsto supports Hyper-V

Virsto Software has announced that Virsto for VDI, Hyper-V edition, has earned certification for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. Virsto for Hyper-V is the first storage hypervisor solution to be certified for Windows Server 2008. Virsto’s software installs directly into the Hyper-V parent partition, enabling users to achieve superior levels of VM density, I/O performance and storage capacity utilisation.

Virtual Instruments’ partner programme launched

SAN testing product vendor Virtual Instruments has launched its Virtual Instruments Partner (VIP) Program, designed to help channel partners engage with target accounts and strengthen their relationships with customers. Through the programme, channel partners can leverage Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom virtual infrastructure optimisation solution. A key element of the VIP Program is the VIP Web Portal, which provides access to sales tools, marketing documents and sales incentives plus product details, technical education and online support

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