Unitrends, a provider of integrated and scalable backup solutions, today
announced that its successful partnership with nexusSTOR has created a strong
competitive advantage for the reseller.
Kyle King, owner of nexusSTOR, extensively examined the other competitors
Exagrid, Overland Storage and FalconStor to find “they are typically 30
percent more expensive and still have to rely on third party backup
“Deduplication has evolved beyond the ‘one trick pony’ stage; the
smartest VARs and buyers have realized that they need affordable all-in-one
backup appliances that can be deployed quickly and monitored and managed
simply,” Mark Campbell, Chief Operating Officer, said. “Of course
Unitrends offers deduplication; but more importantly we offer a family of
integrated appliances that support backup, archiving, and disaster recovery
starting as low as $2495 which ... (more)
Unitrends offers VMware VADP-level backup protection in its backup appliances
beginning with release 5. One of the primary objections to using this for
some Windows clients has been what’s known as the application-level
quiescing problem – the fact that applications running within a Windows GOS
(Guest Operating System) such as SQL or Exchange would not produce
crash-consistent backups – in plain speak, when you went to recover you’d
have to perform integrity tests to attempt to recover partial data for these
With VMware 4.1, this is now supported. The tables and... (more)
Recently there was an interesting blog post by Scott Raymond entitled
“Where Are the Affordable Enterprise Online Backups?” I made a comment to
it – to the effect that bandwidth and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) are
incompatible. That caused some other comments to be made. I decided to
write a bit longer post concerning the entire phenomenon on this blog.
First of all, the term “enterprise online backup” is a bit misleading.
What the author of the post was complaining about was that there are no
unlimited storage options with associated flat-rate pricing of the sort in
the co... (more)
Imagine you’ve won the lottery. The next morning you wake up and find
that you won again. That’s how the investors and executives at 3PAR are
feeling these days. The dueling takeover offers from HP and Dell for the
relatively obscure 3PAR left many in the investment community – and for
that matter in the storage industry – scratching their heads.
The heart of this bid – beyond the obviously testerone-fueled frenzy
culminating with a bid with sky-high multiples – was a weakness that HP
reportedly began attempting to resolve 9 months ago. HP resells HDS
(Hitachi Data Systems) ... (more)
After the SAN backup fiasco in Virgina, I started thinking about how how far
we’ve gotten from the concept of what backup is really all about. Imagine
the following scenario from a college football game this weekend:
[In the middle of a nationally televised football game a linebacker blitzes
and catches the quarterback on the blind side; the quarterback's leg snapping
is audible to the sideline microphones.]
Trainer: Coach, your first-string quarterback, Tom, has a broken leg. You
need to get your backup in there.
Coach: Okay. Let’t get Tom in there.
Trainer: I don’t think that... (more)