Signiant debuts remote office backup software

By Kevin Komiega

—Nortel spin-off Signiant launched the latest version of its branch office backup software this week, which promises to centralize the management of data protection for large companies with remote office locations.

The new software, Mobilize for Remote Data Protection (RDP), is managed centrally in the data center and consolidates backup and long-distance disaster-recovery operations for heterogeneous IT environments without disrupting remote operations.

Mobilize for RDP consolidates "incremental-forever" backups from remote office servers and scales to support more than 2,000 remote locations.

"People in remote offices aren't usually trained and they're not in IT. Our software can remove the burden of remote data protection and make life easier for branch office users," says Rich Vining, Signiant's director of marketing.

Vining says Mobilize for RDP is a more cost-effective option than some of the wide area file services (WAFS) remote backup products on the market. "Our software sits on an existing server in a remote office and does not require any new appliances or boxes," he says.

Mobilize for RDP is available in two configurations. The Commercial Edition is designed for companies with up to 30 branch offices, with prices starting at just under $10,000. Mobilize for RDP Enterprise Edition is designed for large organizations with 30 to 2,000 offices. The Enterprise Edition is priced from about $75,000.

In addition to the new software, Signiant has penned a deal with virtual tape library (VTL) maker Sepaton to market, sell, and implement joint backup solutions. The joint offering combines Signiant's Mobilize for RDP software with Sepaton's S2100-ES2 VTL to handle incoming backup data from remote offices.

Mobilize for RDP automatically aggregates the data from remote offices and transports the data over standard WAN links to the central site for backup to the Sepaton VTL.

Sepaton's S2100-ES2 VTL is a disk-based backup appliance that emulates standard physical tape libraries. It also allows users to add advanced features by loading applications such as DeltaStor for data de-duplication.

This article was originally published on September 26, 2006