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January 10, 2012  12:25 PM

Rebit unveils hybrid cloud backup, but really, USB drives are awesome



Posted by: John Hilliard

Who says cloud is a gimmick? Rebit Inc., said it will offer a “professional-grade” hybrid cloud backup product that offers cloud and local storage, according to an announcement released this week.

According to a press release, the company says new Rebit Pro backup will offer local and cloud backup through a single interface. Local backups can be made to a USB drive or NAS, while the company promotes the cloud option as “an additional layer of redundancy for disaster recovery.”

The Longmont, Colo.,-based company produces the consumer-level Rebit 5 Backup for Windows, as well as a small (and pricey) lineup of HDDs that come bundled with three licenses for their consumer backup product.

Rebit promises the capabilities expected from a business-level backup and restore product that uses the cloud: continuous and automatic backup, full system restore and cloud integration.

Rebit goes on to note:

“Unlike traditional cloud backup services, Rebit Pro starts with a local full system backup and then mirrors a copy in the cloud.”

(You’ll have to trust us; the company page for Rebit Pro said “details coming soon” as we post this on Jan. 10.)

But there’s also no details on the kind of cloud service – or who exactly provides it – should a user need to lean on cloud for a restore. That’s a critical point, as businesses depend on knowing data stored in the cloud is accessible, secure and available when they need it for disaster recovery, and one we’ve written about before.

We’ve asked Rebit for more details on its cloud service, and we’ll post their answer as an update to this post.

Hmm. It does feel like Rebit is promoting its cloud as not so much Robin to their local storage’s Batman, and more as the Watson to Sherlock Holmes.

January 3, 2012  3:52 PM

Report: Backup tape cartridge sales dropped in 3rd quarter of 2011



Posted by: John Hilliard

A market research firm reported this week that sales of backup tape cartridges fell by 4% during the third quarter of last year, with the industry bringing in about $178.2 million from cartridges in that period.

According to Santa Clara Consulting Group, which provides research on the removable data storage market, those sales fell below the firm’s predicted sales figure of about $190.2 million during that time.

The research firm also reported that LTO format tapes were the majority of sales during the third quarter, with more than 89 percent, or nearly $158.9 million. The report also noted that LTO-5 sales were up by 12 percent – (LTO-5 also made up more than one-third of sales) – and LTO-4 made up nearly half of tape sales. Remaining sales of LTO were from earlier generations of the format, and are expected to decline, according to the report.

HP led the LTO market with 32 percent of sales, followed by Fuji and IBM, according to the report.


December 7, 2011  12:02 PM

Self high-five: GreenBytes says storage appliances now Backup Exec-qualified



Posted by: John Hilliard

GreenBytes Inc., says its GB-X series of storage appliances are now qualified for Symantec’s Backup Exec.

According to the company, users of the GB-X series can use Symantec’s OpenStorage Technology. Symantec pitches OST as a way to offer tighter integration of backup and recovery functions between third-party appliances and Backup Exec.

The GB-X SAN and NAS appliance series – the GB-1000, GB-2000 and GB-4000 – include storage that is scalable from 8 TB to 360 TB, dedupe and a choice of 1GbE or 10GbE connectivity options that can be managed by the Backup Exec interface. The GB-X lineup also supports remote replication, thin provisioning and the ability to make storage snapshots, according to GreenBytes.

We’re all about having more choices to protect your data here at Data Defenders. But we continue to wait for the day when vendors wise up to what’s awesome: Protecting data with lasers.

Until then, we’ll make do with dedupe.


December 5, 2011  5:06 PM

Red Hat exec named new Acronis president and CEO



Posted by: John Hilliard

Acronis Inc. has announced that former Red Hat Inc., executive Alex Pinchev will take over as Acronis’ president and CEO next month.

Pinchev was Red Hat’s president of global sales services & field marketing since April 2008, and before that, worked for five years as an executive at the company. According to Acronis, he has 30 years of business experience, including in the storage management and virtualization markets.

He will replace Jason Donahue, who joined the company as CEO in 2008. According to Acronis, Donahue was president and CEO of ClearApp until its acquisition by Oracle. Donahue is still listed as CEO on the company’s website, and is a member of the company’s board of directors.

The release doesn’t mention a reason for Donahue’s departure or where he’s going next. When his predecessor at Acronis – ex-CEO Walter Scott – left the job, Scott remained with the company in an advisory role.

According to Acronis, Pinchev also founded and led Maincontrol, Inc., as well as two other companies in the late 1980s. Pinchev also joined Acronis board in November 2010.

Acronis, based in Woburn, Mass., is the maker of data protection and business continuity products aimed at the enterprise, SMBs and consumers.


November 21, 2011  4:49 PM

CERN evaluating Spectra Logic tape library for storing Large Hadron Collider data



Posted by: John Hilliard

Spectra Logic Corp. announced this week that CERN is evaluating the company’s T-Finity tape library as storage for data collected from the Large Hadron Collider.

According to Spectra, CERN added a T-Finity tape library to its laboratory in July, and will transfer data to the new device from an existing Spectra T380 using CERN’s own data manager.

A Spectra T-Finity tape library can offer up to 457 PB of storage, depending on its configuration and the type of tape media used.

CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear Research – uses particle accelerators and detectors to study the building blocks of matter, and is probably best known outside of physicist circles for the Large Hadron Collider, an underground particle accelerator nearly 17 miles in circumference and the largest of its kind in the world.

(The device also made the news over claims that using the device would end the worldwhich it hasn’t – and we acknowledge would be a bad thing.)


November 17, 2011  12:17 PM

Western Digital releases new small office server product



Posted by: John Hilliard

Western Digital Corp. announced a new storage server aimed at small- and medium-size businesses with an optional ability to back up data to off-site cloud storage this week.

The company’s Sentinel DX4000 network storage server performs automated server-based backup and restore operations for up to 25 devices on a network. Western Digital said the device offers RAID levels 1 and 5 and a redundant network connection that switches automatically to a second network port in the event of a connection failure.

Users can also rely on an optional DR software and store data offsite, the company said.

The server is equipped with a 1.8GHz Intel D525 Dual Core Atom processor, 2 GB of RAM and runs on the Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials operating system.  The DX4000 comes with either 4 TB and 8 TB of storage; the company said the 4 TB model costs $949.99 and its larger cousin runs $1,499.99.


November 11, 2011  12:00 PM

Synology announces new NAS models with mobile support



Posted by: John Hilliard

Synology America Corp. this week announced a pair of new rack-mountable NAS models aimed at small businesses that rely on the company’s DiskStation Manager software.

The company said the new models – the RS212 and the RS812 – are both designed to support iSCSI and VMware, Citrix and Hyper-V.

The company says the RS812 can be used as centralized backup target and that PC users can back up their data to Synology RS812 using Synology Data Replicator software, and Mac OS X users will have Apple Time Machine integration.

They’re also compatible with mobile devices running iOS or Android through a specialized app.

The RS212 is equipped with a 1.6Ghz CPU, 256MB of DDR3 memory, and can accommodate a pair of 3TB HDDs in a hot-swappable configuration.

The RS812 has the same CPU and double the amount of memory of its counterpart, plus can be loaded with up to four 3TB HDDs. (Synology said that the RS812 can be equipped with 24TB by adding the company’s four-bay RX410 expansion enclosure, which isn’t included.) The RS812 also uses a web-based backup program to any rsync server via an encrypted protocol.

Neither model is offered with disk drives, but they are compatible with either 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA II drives.


November 10, 2011  2:39 PM

SunGard says its managed DR program tackles application recovery, promises ‘contractually guaranteed’ service levels



Posted by: John Hilliard
disaster recovery, SunGuard

SunGard Availability Services announced its Managed Recovery Program this week, which the company said cuts the cost and complexity of an organization’s DR operation by handing over planning and management tasks to SunGard’s staff.

The company said in a statement on its website that the program takes over the planning, implementation, maintenance and testing of DR operations for a client. It also offers recovery at “contractually guaranteed service levels,” according to SunGard.

In a statement, the company said its “programmatic approach helps customers identify and address [root cause] pain points, such as change management for disaster recovery plans and procedures, and staff availability and skill levels needed to support testing and recovery activities.”

The recovery program offers startup of operating systems, network and backup servers, as well as management during testing and following disaster events. SunGard said it will use test results to make recommendations for improvements, remediation planning and other services.

SunGard appears to aim the service at organizations that want to save money on DR, or those lacking the in-house IT expertise or experience to develop and maintain a DR program internally, according to this video. Along with the contractual guarantee for specific service level, the company is careful to emphasize that support staff are available for recovery operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Apparently, SunGard won’t leave you hanging on the telephone in case of a disaster.


October 18, 2011  12:58 PM

Tandberg Data announces free Hyper-V backup software with removable disk system



Posted by: John Hilliard

Tandberg Data said this week that its RDX QuikStor removable disk system will include a free version of Altaro Software’s Hyper-V Backup software.

The free Hyper-V product will allow users to back up two VMs to a QuikStor appliance, according to Tandberg, and is available for download off the company’s website.

For additional VM backups, QuikStor users can get a 20 percent discount on the purchase of the standard edition of Hyper-V, which allows five backups. (There is an “unlimited” version of Hyper-V, but it appears that the discount doesn’t apply to it.)

Earlier this month, Tandberg released a firmware update for their QuikStation product that added several new storage configurations to the system.


October 13, 2011  3:21 PM

CommVault adds Dell storage array integration to Simpana 9



Posted by: John Hilliard

CommVault Systems Inc., announced this week that its Simpana 9 backup software now offers integration with Dell Compellent storage arrays using Dell’s Data Instant Replay software.

According to CommVault, Simpana 9’s SnapProtect snapshot feature is compatible with Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and Windows file system environments, plus can make use of automated storage policies to make copies to deduplicated disk, tape or cloud storage for retention needs. It also implements a centralized management console to oversee application and file system protection policies.

CommVault said the integration with Dell simplifies the creation and administration of snapshots on Compellent storage arrays, and supports Dell’s storage array lineup, including the Dell EqualLogic PS Series, Dell PowerVault MD storage arrays and DL Backup to Disk Appliance. The integration also includes support for backing up virtual server environments using SnapProtect’s Virtual Server Agent, the company said.


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