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October 12, 2011  12:55 PM

Attunity data replication software now supports Microsoft SQL Azure

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Attunity Ltd. announced this week that its data replication software now offers support for loading data to the Microsoft SQL Azure cloud.

The company said its Attunity Replicate software is designed to automate data replication from multiple databases for business operations and intelligence needs, all without installing software on either the source or target databases, and offers web-based monitoring, metrics and alerts for replication.

The addition of Azure support allows organizations “accelerate cloud adoption, reduce risks and derive value faster” in situations where data is stored in the data center and the cloud, the company said in a statement. Attunity Replicate can backup a full load of data from a data center, and continue with incremental backups.

Replicate also uses log-based technology that tracks transaction changes with minimal impact on source database systems including Oracle, SQL Server and DB2, the company said.

October 6, 2011  3:31 PM

Enhance Technology rolls out new NAS lineup

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Enhance Technology Inc., released its UltraShare NS Series lineup of NAS devices this week, which the company said offers high availability clustering, device-to-device data replication, many-to-one replication, and snapshots over NAS/10GbE/iSCSI/Fibre Channel for SMBs and midmarket customers. The company says that the NS series is suitable for file sharing, data streaming, video surveillance storage, and as a disk-based backup target.

The NS2120 and NS3160 each feature Quad Core 2.0Ghz Intel Xeon processors, while the NS2080 relies on a 3.3Ghz Intel i3-2120 chip. The NS3160 can be loaded with up to 16 individual HDDs with a total capacity of 48TB, while the smaller NS2120 and NS2080 are equipped with 12 and eight HDD bays, respectively. All three make use of 3.5-inch, 3TB HDDs, the company said. The NS Series can be expanded up to 336TB.

The three NS Series units all offer iSCSI and Fibre Channel interfaces, PCI-E expansion slots, hardware-based RAID with AE256-bit encryption and other features, according to the company.

October 4, 2011  2:01 PM

Tandberg Data adds supported storage types to removable disk library appliance with firmware upgrade

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Tandberg Data announced this week that its RDX QuikStation removable disk library will emulate 10 configurable storage types after users install a new firmware upgrade.

The QuikStation provides transfer rates of up to 720 GB per hour using up to eight 1TB hard disk drives or 512GB SSDs in removable cartridges.

The firmware upgrade offers GUI improvements, allows cartridge cloning for off-site copies and adds 200MB per second network speeds with dual GbE ports for failover and performance.

The appliance has multiple configuration options, including as eight iSCSI disk or RDX QuikStor targets, can emulate the StorageLibrary models T24 and T40+, or emulate an LTO or RDX autoloader.

(The company brands the QuikStation as the “Swiss Army Knife of Data Protection,” which is frankly a tall claim, given the legacy of the ubiquitous all-in-one knife.)

The QuikStation is available for $3,999, with the cartridges sold separately.

This isn’t the only SMB-focused removable disk news we’ve seen lately. Last month, Addonics Technologies Inc., announced a disk array that can accommodate 2.5 and 3.5-inch SATA drives and Imation Corp. announced a USB 3.0 docking station.

Still, we’re wondering about the relevance of removable disk in today’s market. Are you using removable disk today? Let us know in the comments section below.

September 27, 2011  9:35 AM

Asigra Cloud Backup tapped as platform for NTT America service

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Asigra Inc. announced this week that the company’s Cloud Backup software will be used as the platform for NTT America Inc.’s own backup service.

On its website, NTT wrote that its Cloud Backup service allows customers to schedule incremental forever backups, plus supports remote office and laptop backups, the use of data compression and dedupe, as well as meets regulatory requirements for data storage and data destruction. The service also integrates with VMware, Hyper-V and ZenSource, and works with several operating systems, including Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, the company said.

According to Asigra, the Backup Cloud-powered service offers agent-less deployment and management, FIPS 140-2 security certification for data encryption, plus offers support for local and remote disaster recovery, and other options.

The software platform has two major parts: the DS-client, which is installed at the customer’s premises or remote offices, as well as the DS-system, which is implemented at the client’s data center, according to Asigra, which claims on its website that it has 250,000 client installations for its backup platform.

An analyst quoted by Asigra said companies are increasingly eyeing the cloud for backup functions.

“Trends in IT show that an increasing number of businesses are making the switch from traditional to cloud-based backup solutions, benefitting from the added agility and elasticity that cloud backup brings,” said Lauren Whitehouse, a senior analyst with Enterprise Strategy Group. “The partnership between NTT America and Asigra is ideal, combining experience, innovation and reach to provide public, private and hybrid cloud backup supported by two respected technology vendors.”

September 23, 2011  2:48 PM

BridgeSTOR announces PCIe card for Microsoft DPM 2010 deduplication

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BridgeSTOR, LLC, announced recently its new DeDupe Card for DPM that the company said adds data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning and other tools to Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager servers.

According to BridgeSTOR, the new offering consists of a PCIe card and accompanying software which can reduce the amount of stored DPM 2010 data by 35 percent to 60 percent. The DPM 2010 deduplication PCIe card has a dedicated Exar, Inc. 8200 Series data reduction and security processor, which BridgeSTOR said allows dedupe, compression and encryption to be performed in-line without affecting performance or burdening the main system processor.

The DPM 2010 deduplication card’s software is available for use with HP Co.’s ProLiant DL180, DL185, Dell Inc.’s PowerEdge R510 and R610, R810, as well as IBM Corp.’s X-series M2 and M3 servers, BridgeSTOR said in a statement.

BridgeSTOR said servers that use the new dedupe card should have hardware RAID with internal disk drives, or low latency external SAS or Fibre Channel-attached disk storage.

Pricing for the DPM dedupe card ranges starts at $995 and is based on the amount of storage intended for dedupe and compression. The company also makes a version of the dedupe card for NAS environments.

September 22, 2011  2:32 PM

A potentially life-saving readers’ poll

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A lot of interesting stuff crosses my desk as the editor of ranging from the cautious to the painstakingly vigilant. The writers we publish are extremely attentive to the multitude of ways organizations can be affected by all forms of disasters — from an earthquake to a leaky pipe. And most of the press releases we get are from technology companies updating us on new products or services. Those companies are also generally in tune with the ways businesses can lose revenue because of unforeseen downtime. However, I recently received a catalog in the mail that takes vigilance to a whole new level.

Simpler Life Emergency Provisions’ take on disaster preparedness is downright apocalyptic. From biblical passages to canned water, Simpler Life can pretty much set you up for the end of days. While that is most likely far beyond what needs to be included in a typical corporate DR plan, it got me thinking about topics we should be covering on the site. We tend to focus mainly on DR process and technology, but disaster readiness obviously can mean a lot more than that.

Take a couple minutes to fill out this quick poll and let us know which topics you are most interested in now and what you’d like to see more of on the site.

September 21, 2011  2:43 PM

Thunderbolt has a new accessory. By LaCie. One *not* made by Apple!

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Thunderbolt fans scouring shelves and online stores for a new Thunderbolt-compatible product can add a long-awaited option to their wishlist, as LaCie announced its Thunderbolt-compatible Little Big Disk is now available.

Thunderbolt is the high-speed connection designed by Intel Corp. and Apple Corp. to be a new-fangled, USB-busting, desktop storage technology with 10 Gbps of bandwidth over a cable. The technology also allows a monitor to run simultaneously with a storage device on a single cable (the cables go for $49 at the Apple Store).

LaCie’s pair of Little Big Disk external SSD offerings – a 500 GB unit for $1,499.95 and a smaller 250 GB unit for $899.95 at the Apple Store – are aimed at professionals dealing with video and media that involve large files.

Right now, the only way to use Thunderbolt is by picking up a new Apple computer, as Thunderbolt-compatible Windows PCs haven’t yet hit the shelves, even with Intel’s involvement.

September 19, 2011  12:03 PM

Addonics says new removable drive disk arrays “easy as using a VHS cassette”

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Addonics Technologies Inc., announced a pair of new removable disk arrays this week which accommodate 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA drives for desktop and other uses.

The company’s 2.5-inch Snap-In Disk Array can hold up to four SATA HHDs or SSDs, and is intended to help increase storage for small computers, mini ATX systems or for applications that require a large number of drives, according to Addonics.

The 3.5-inch version can fit five drives, and can be used with the company’s lineup of Storage Towers and Port Multipler to create a RAID storage system.

In marketing materials, the company curiously says its new removable disk arrays are “as easy as using a VHS cassette,” referring to the outdated home video format.

According to the company, the arrays are priced at $69.95 and $99 for the 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch models, respectively.

This isn’t the only removable disk array lineup to pop up recently: Earlier this month, Imation Corp. added a USB-enabled docking station for its removable disk offerings.

September 14, 2011  11:12 AM

TwinStrata and Veeam partner on cloud storage-plus-appliance promotion

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In a promotional deal announced this week, TwinStrata Inc. will offer up its CloudArray enterprise-level virtual storage appliance for free to customers who use Veeam Software Inc.’s Backup & Replication cloud product.

The promotion also includes 30 days of up to 1 TB of free storage on Veeam’s service, according to the companies’ announcement. The Veeam product is built specifically for VMware vSphere to handle backup and recovery of VMs.

TwinStrata said its downloadable appliance has a $2,995 value, and offers data compression, deduplication, disaster recovery options, bandwidth optimization and scheduling, snapshotting and other features.

The TwinStrata appliance can connect with other cloud storage providers, according to the company, which also offers a hardware version of CloudArray.

September 8, 2011  3:31 PM

Imation adds RDX USB 3.0 docking station to removable hard disk system family

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Imation Corp. announced this week that its new RDX USB 3.0 direct attach docking station will be added to the company’s RDX Removable Hard Disk Storage System product line.

The company said the new USB 3.0 docking station will offer SMBs a new data protection option that has faster data transfer rates than the older USB 2.0 standard. The company said SMBs will save time and energy by conducting the faster transfers, which run at up to 230MB/s.

The RDX hard disk system uses removable hard drives in cartridge form that can be swapped out of purpose-built docking stations.

But does a cartridge-based storage system has the same appeal today as they did 10 to 15 years ago before Iomega’s Zip format got put out to pasture by rewritable CDs and DVDs? Now organizations have easy access to desktop NAS, cheap external USB hard drives, cloud storage, tape, and even optical media or cheap thumb drives.

But is there a market for removable disk storage these days? Let us know what you think.

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