Reviews of enterprise and SMB solutions that are purpose built for backup, recovery and archiving duties.
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 Mark Kidd

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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by Adam Armstrong

ExaGrid Posts Record Growth in 2014

ExaGrid Systems Inc. has announced that it had double-digit growth from 2013 to 2014. For its fourth quarter revenue, the company had record bookings and was both cash and P&L positive in all four quarters of last year and for the entire year of 2014.

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by Lyle Smith

Unitrends Next Generation of Recovery-Series Family Released

​Unitrends has announced that the next generation of their Recovery-Series family of purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) is now available. The new portfolio includes 11 models that scale from 1TB to 97TB of raw storage and make cloud adoption much more affordable for companies of all sizes. With the release, Unitrends claims they are now the data-protection industry’s price/performance leader in appliances ranging from 1U and above.

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by Mark Kidd

EMC Avamar Virtual Edition 7.1.1 for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V Released

EMC today announced the release of a new version of its Avamar Virtual Edition which integrates the company's Avamar solution with Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V. EMC’s Avamar offers variable-length deduplication, daily backups and recovery, and support for virtualized environments. Avamar Virtual Edition can be deployed in a Hyper-V virtual machine in order to serve as a bridge between legacy backup functionality and cloud-based backup and disaster recovery solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Spectra nTier Verde Review

The Spectra nTier Verde is either a 2U or 4U rack mountable NAS that serves as a secondary storage system. The Spectra nTier Verde is designed for ultimate simplicity, cost effectiveness, and data reliability. The simplicity message is key for this tier of storage, even those with no previous storage experience can easily install the Spectra nTier Verde in less than 30 minutes, from box to production. The nTier Verde starts as low as 24TB raw capacity but can be scaled all the way up to 1.7PB. As user scale up the price per GB drops, starting at around $0.75/GB and dropping all the way to $0.35/GB at maximum capacity.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

EMC Data Domain DD2200 Review (DD Boost for SQL)

The EMC Data Domain DD2200 is a deduplication appliance for backup and archive data that is designed for small to midrange data centers. A recent addition to the Data Domain line, the DD2200 consolidates backup, archive, and disaster recovery into one easy-to-manage 2U rack unit platform. The device is offered in two configurations: either a 7 drive system with 7.5TB of usable space or a 12 drive system with 17.2TB of usable space. The DD2200 supports up to 4.7TB per hour throughput and can support up to 860TB of logical capacity via expansion shelves. 

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