Reviews of enterprise and SMB solutions that are purpose built for backup, recovery and archiving duties.
by Adam Armstrong

Cisco UCS C3160 Server For Use As High-Performance Backup

Cisco recently introduced significant innovations to its Unified Computing System (UCS). Cisco launched several new offerings aimed at cloud service providers, high capacity media streaming, small IT environments, and data-intensive computing. The highlight at the time was the new modular or M-Series. However, shifting focus over to the C-series, specifically the C3160, one can begin to see how a server can be used as a high-performance backup storage resource.

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by Lyle Smith

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE Now Available

Veeam has released Endpoint Backup FREE, a new free tool that requires no additional software or purchases, providing a simple solution for backing up Windows-based desktops and laptops. Simple and quick to install, users can back up endpoints to an external hard drive, network shared folder or a Veeam Backup & Replication repository. From backing up a personal device to protect the last few of physical servers in a data center, Veeam’s new free backup tool offers users an extensive feature set.

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by Adam Armstrong

Riverbed Announces SteelFusion 4.0

Today Riverbed Technology announced the latest version of its branch converged infrastructure solution, SteelFusion 4.0 (SteelFusion was formally known as Granite). This time around, SteelFusion will act as what Riverbed is calling “zero branch IT.” All physical assets (servers, storage, and backup) at the remote branch will be completely consolidated. SteelFusion will lead to better application performance, instant recovery, data centralization, and lower total cost of ownership.

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by Adam Armstrong

Rubrik Aims To Shake Up the Backup and Recovery Industry

Today Rubrik announced $10 million in Series A funding from investors such as Lightspeed Venture Partners, John W. Thompson, Frank Slootman, and Mark Leslie. Rubrik’s aim is to offer live data access for recovery and application development. Rubrik will use enterprise data management with web-scale IT, to eliminate backup software through what they are referring to as a "Time Machine for the enterprise." They claim it “installs in record time, is easy to manage, and eliminates the need for backup software or globally deduplicated storage.” Rubrik’s new Converged Data Management platform is being offered as an alternative to stitched together legacy pieces that IT has been using. Rubrik says that its new platform will save business significant costs while increasing management efficiencies.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Introduces New EVault Backup Target Appliance

Seagate Technology has announced a new backup device, the Seagate EVault Backup Target Appliance (BTA). The Seagate BTA is part of the company's EVault Backup and Recovery Appliances that are aimed at data centers requiring up to 100TB of usable capacity.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Releases Service Pack 1 For NetWorker 8.2

EMC has released a Service Pack, SP1, for the latest version of its unified backup and recovery software, NetWorker 8.2. The service pack is designed to enhance and expand on the new features in the 8.2 update that was released in April of last year.

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by Josh Linden

Actifio Launches Cloud-based Application Resiliency Service

Actifio today announced the launch of Actifio One, a cloud-based application resiliency service that offers a unified approach to data protection for applications across physical servers, VMware, Windows, Hyper-V, Linux, Oracle, and SQL Server. Actifio One is designed not only to provide redundancy and recovery for application data but to host the applications themselves during a disaster recovery scenario in the production environment.

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by Adam Armstrong

Arcserve Announces New Unified Data Protection 7000 Appliance Series

Today Arcserve announced new series of converged solutions, the Unified Data Protection (UDP) 7000 Appliance series. Arcserve is calling this the “most cost-effective, ‘set and forget’ backup and recovery on the market.” We first announced here that Arcserve was extending its Unified Data Protection into the appliance market. The new series of appliances will leverage Arcserve’s proven UDP software into a cost-effective appliance aimed at small to medium businesses and mid-market enterprise.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) Review

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) 6.0 is software that is designed to create image-level backups of virtual machines, virtual servers, databases and it can utilize application plug-ins to back up Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint Server. VDP is powered by EMC Avamar and includes built-in replication of backup data to ensure DR compliance. The latest version extends the scale and capabilities of the vSphere Data Protection. VDP can utilize EMC Data Domain Boost assuming it is licensed on the Data Domain appliance.

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by Lyle Smith

Avere Announces Cloud Snapshots

Avere Systems has announced the introduction of Cloud Snapshots to the Avere 4.5 operating system. This new feature allows IT to use snapshots as a disaster recovery solution in the cloud with a familiar NAS-style user interface. In addition, Cloud Snapshots uses the flexibility of cloud storage all the while protecting user data against disk, controller, array and entire site failures.  Avere OS can be offered as a software-only solution or a physical, hardware-included appliance, and is designed to satisfy demanding NAS environments that require full-featured NFS and SMB/CIFS functionality as well as scalable performance. 

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