School cuts unstructured data by 90% with Balesio

Storage roundup: School cuts unstructured data by 90% with Balesio; Belgian bank gets VirtualSharp DR tool; Bocada teams with Veeam; new Infortrend unified storage arrays; and more news.

School cuts unstructured data by 90% with Balesio

An Oxford school has cut volumes of unstructured data by up to 90%, reducing data volumes by nearly 100 GB and cutting data backup times using Balesio’s Fileminimizer data reduction product.

Bartholomew School has 1,100 students and 250 staff generating an average of about 1.5 TB of data each. Available storage on the school’s servers was running close to maximum capacity and the IT department was finding that backups took too long, but cuts in education budgets meant spending money on additional storage was not possible.

The school deployed Balesio’s Native Format Optimization (NFO) product, Fileminimizer Server, which reduces the size of unstructured Microsoft Office, image and PDF files natively by 50% to 90% from one central installation.

Jason Caul, network manager at Bartholomew School, said, “I was looking at reducing the overall amount of storage and the duration of backups, which, had we not utilised Fileminimizer, could and probably would have undermined user access to the network and their data.”

Belgian bank gets VirtualSharp DR tool

VirtualSharp Software, a provider of automated disaster recovery solutions, has announced that its ReliableDR has been selected by Van Lanschot Bank Belgium to enhance the recovery time of its IT services and 7 TB of business data. VirtualSharp Software's ReliableDR orchestrates enterprise server and storage states to fully automate failover testing and to ensure compliance with business continuity policies.

The bank's storage infrastructure comprises two NetApp filers at the head office and two at the bank's disaster recovery site in an active/active configuration. To ensure that it would continue to meet business continuity standards required by the Belgian and Dutch central banks and the UK Financial Services and Markets Act, Van Lanschot needed to improve its disaster recovery performance and service levels.

Paul Timmermans, managing director at Van Lanschot Belgium, said, "The nature of our business means that we must be able to quickly restore IT services at the push of a button, be it because of an internal exercise, an external audit or an unforeseen data centre outage."

Bocada teams with Veeam for reporting and analysis

Bocada has announced it has partnered with Veeam to provide reporting and analysis on Veeam Backup & Replication activity with Bocada Vision. Bocada Vision correlates VM configuration information from VMware vCentre with Veeam Backup & Replication activity to help improve overall data protection operations. Bocada has also announced a new online store on its website, which enables Quest, Veeam and VMware customers to purchase, download and implement Bocada Vision for virtual backup reporting and analysis.

Two new Infortrend unified storage arrays  . . .

Infortrend has announced two new additions to its EonNAS 1000 Series, the EonNAS 1310 and 1510 unified storage (iSCSI and NAS) arrays featuring 2U, 8-bay and 2U, 12-bay rackmount form factors and maximum capacities of 24 TB and 36 TB, respectively. The EonNAS 1310 and 1510 deliver higher performance, larger capacities and better hardware reliability than existing products in the range due to redundant power supplies. The EonNAS 1510 also offers higher RAM capacity.

. . .  and two from Qsan

Qsan Technology, a manufacturer of iSCSI SAN RAID systems and controllers for SMBs, has announced its U400Q (with seven 1 GbE iSCSI ports) and U600Q (with two 10 GbE iSCSI ports plus three 1 GbE ports) arrays from its unified storage range are now available in Europe through the company’s resellers. This new ZFS-based product range is ideal for SMBs operating a cloud or remote working environment as it makes complex, multiple-user account authentication easier through a single domain login. With Qsan’s patent pending UnifiedAuth technology, any OS client and iSCSI CHAP can log in to the U400Q or U600Q via Microsoft Active Directory (or LDAP) authentication.

VirtualWisdom is VMware Ready

SAN testing products vendor Virtual Instruments has announced its VirtualWisdom solution has achieved VMware Ready status. This designation indicates that after a detailed validation process, VirtualWisdom 3.2 has achieved VMware’s highest level of endorsement, and can be found on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX). The VMware Ready programme is a co-branding benefit of the Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program that makes it easy for customers to identify partner products certified to work with VMware cloud infrastructure.

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