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

Unitrends Unveils New Enterprise Backup and Recovery Products and Updates

Unitrends has made several announcements today including the availability of the Recovery-944S and Recovery-946S, the company's highest capacity, most advanced physical backup and recovery appliances yet. All appliances include Release 8.2, the latest version of the data protection software that provides enhanced Adaptive Data Deduplication with dedupe acceleration. In addition, it allows the Recovery-944S and the Recovery-946S to scale past 100TB all the while still maintaining the performance needed to quickly and cost-effectively backup and recover high volumes of data. Unitrends indicates that organizations will be able to significantly reduce costs by using just one appliance to back up over 100TB of data in addition to improving efficiencies with a single point of management.

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by Adam Armstrong

Spectra Logic Announces Verde DPE

Today Spectra Logic Corporation announced its new high-density, bulk storage NAS disk platform, the Spectra Verde Digital Preservation Enterprise (DPE). The Verde DPE utilizes Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) technology to provide capacities of 180TB per rack unit for a cost as low as 9¢/GB raw.

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by Adam Armstrong

Veeam Backup And Replication v8 Review

Veeam Backup and Replication is data protection software for virtualized applications and data, regardless of size or complexity. Veeam Backup and Replication unifies both processes into a single solution to “increases the value of backup and reinvents data protection for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments.” The solution offers many benefits such as fast, flexible and reliable recovery of virtualized applications and data. Veeam actually calls their recovery instant with claims of recovering a failed VM in as little as 2 minutes and being able to recover guest OS files and folder on the fly. The solution protects data with built in replication and options such as Cloud Connect. And Veeam Backup and Replication has deduplication and compression in order to minimize storage needs.

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by Lyle Smith

Quantum Announces Significant Enhancements to the Scalar i6000 Tape Library

Quantum has announced substantial upgrades to the Scalar i6000 tape library, including twice the drive density, the addition of unique RESTful web services management capabilities and 80 PLUS certified power supplies. With these new updates, Quantum believes that it now offers the most feature-rich and technically advanced enterprise tape library available on the enterprise market, which is ideal for today’s most demanding tiered storage workflows such as with media and entertainment, video surveillance, data center archives, and high performance computing. Quantum had also recently announced new solutions aimed at helping companies address the challenges of unstructured data growth.

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by Lyle Smith

Google Adds Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys to Google Compute Engine

In addition to Google Nearline’s Cloud Storage’s recent general availability, the company has announced the beta version of Customer-Supplied Encryption Keys for Google Compute Engine, giving their users the ability to bring-their-own-keys to encrypt compute resources. This certainly brings the best of both worlds, as it provides users the power and flexibility of public cloud all the while giving users desired control over data security.

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by Lyle Smith

Unitrends Becomes a Google Cloud Platform Premier Partner

​Unitrends has announced that it has been given the title of Google Cloud Platform Premier Partner. Building up to this given name, Unitrends had worked closely with Google Cloud Platform to build, integrate and optimize its Unitrends Free virtual backup appliance (currently in version 8.1) in order to support Google Cloud Storage, such as with the recently generally available Google Cloud Storage Nearline. As a result, Unitrends Free for Google Cloud Platform gives customers the ability to automatically copy local VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V backups to Google Cloud Storage, including Google Cloud Storage Nearline, for long-term retention and disaster recovery.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Announces Cloud-Integrated Backup And Restore Solution

Today NetApp Inc. announced a new cloud-integrated backup and restore solution, NetApp AltaVault (formally SteelStore). AltaVault aims to provide customers with the ability to quickly backup data to any cloud, public or private, at up to 90% lower cost than on-premises solutions. The new solution will include physical, virtual, and cloud-based appliances.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces Two New Integrated Backup And Recovery Appliances

Today Dell Software announced two new additions to its DL series backup and recovery appliances, the DL4300 and the DL1000 1TB. The new offerings are a combination of Dell’s PowerEdge Servers and its AppAssure data protection software. The new appliances give small and midsized companies easy-to-deploy, turnkey data protection solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Launches Major Updates To DR Series

Today Dell Inc. released a major update to its DR Series of deduplication appliances. The updates include performance and scalability upgrades, the addition of encryption at rest, and VTL and NDMP backup support. The updates are for the DR6000, DR4100, and the DR2000v and are all aimed at enhancing security, improving performance, and increasing flexibility.

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by Adam Armstrong

ExaGrid Upgrades Software Which Increases Capacity And Improves Replication

Today ExaGrid Systems Inc. announced the general availability of the latest update to its software, version 4.8. The new updates will enable up to 25 appliances in a single scale-out GRID. This will increase full backup capacity by 78% while adding bandwidth throttling and encryption during replication.

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