NSI broadens replication, targets NAS

By Lisa Coleman

NSI Software is touting affordable replication, especially for small to mid-sized companies that use Windows-based network-attached storage (NAS). This week, NSI announced enhancements to its Double-Take data replication software as well as a new product for Windows-based NAS.

NSI is targeting companies that have minimal back-up technology and have never used replication. "Replication is needed more and more to complement backup technology, which is traditionally the only way people protected their data," says Bob Guilbert, vice president of marketing and business development at NSI.

The company introduced a simplified version of its Double-Take replication software. Double-Take for Windows--Workgroup Edition is available for OEMs that are building Windows-based NAS using Microsoft's Server Appliance Kit (SAK). Currently, NSI has formal relationships with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM.

HP re-brands the software as NAS Data Copy for its midrange and high-end NAS products, including the B3000 and E7000. It will be pre-installed on those platforms in an evaluation form.

Dell currently resells Double-Take on its server product line, as well as on its midrange and high-end NAS devices. IBM has a reference reseller relationship with NSI. Within the next quarter, NSI plans to announce another NAS OEM partnership.

NSI also enhanced Double-Take for Windows 4.2 and GeoCluster for Windows 4.2 (which extends Microsoft Cluster Service availability) with self-tuning and correction features for better performance and management. The company added three new services, including capacity planning, replication consulting, and business continuity, to its service organization.

This article was originally published on July 17, 2002