By Kevin Komiega
– Asempra Technologies is packaging its Business Continuity Server (BCS) recovery software for Microsoft environments in an all-in-one appliance for smaller customers.
The new Asempra Business Continuity Appliance (BCA) bundles the company's BCS software, which protects Microsoft Exchange, SQL and Windows File Server data, with direct attached storage (DAS) in a 2U rack-mounted form factor.
As a result, the Asempra BCA serves up automated, policy-driven protection for up to 1TB of production data in Microsoft environments. The appliance is capable of as many as 86,400 recovery points per day – one per second – the BCA makes performing daily or weekly backup jobs a non-issue, according to Gary Gysin, Asempra's president and CEO.
Though Asempra's primary focus is mid-market Windows shops, the BCA is aimed at smaller customers. Gysin says some customers have yet to move to networked storage, but still need to protect Microsoft workloads.
"The BCA is for some of the lower-end customers that have up to 1TB of data to protect, but don't have SANs. The appliance approach is a natural fit for those customers," he says. "Direct attached storage is just fine for some people."
Asempra's BCS and BCA products are based on the company's Virtual On-Demand Recovery data protection technology. Virtual On-Demand Recovery insulates Microsoft applications so they remain up-and-running during the data recovery process, which runs in the background.
The Asempra Business Continuity Appliance is shipping now for $30,000 per appliance.