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Symantec upgrades BESR

Symantec recently began shipments of a major upgrade to its Backup Exec System Recovery (BESR) product line. BESR is designed to help IT administrators restore complete Windows systems and perform full bare-metal recovery to dissimilar hardware environments for servers, desktops, or laptops. BESR 7.0 will feature centralized management and data-recovery capabilities that include enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange and also virtual environments.

“System recovery remains a core issue, because 85% of systems are not being backed up,” claims Michael Parker, product marketing manager for Symantec’s BESR product line. “We have a lot of data backup discussions, but we don’t talk as much about systems. The frightening thing about that is the top-two reasons for systems going down are hardware failure and human error. Once systems go down, users try to restore everything from tape or do a manual restore. There are questions of reliability.”

BESR captures an exact copy of the system-including the operating system, applications, system settings, user settings, and data-in a single recovery point. In the event of a system failure, IT administrators select the recovery point to restore from, and BESR automatically restores the complete system.

Parker says to restore manually, as in the case of a failed hard disk, IT administrators typically have to acquire another drive, manually replace it, re-install the operating system, re-install the device drivers and applications, re-configure the settings, apply the journal, and then test it before the system goes “live.” If they did anything wrong in the process, they have to do it again.

The new version of BESR also allows users to protect individual files and folders through a file and folder schema, in addition to the volume-based recovery point process. Users can keep multiple versions of the same file, including various changes in time for recovery. The new Exchange Retrieve Option recovers not only the entire Exchange server, but also individual messages, attachments, folders, and mailboxes.

A “Google-like” search tool called Backup Exec Retrieve is also included in BESR 7.0, which allows users to recover their own files without IT intervention. BESR also integrates with Google Desktop for a similar retrieval capability.

Centralized management in the new Backup Exec System Recovery Manager component displays all system backup-and-recovery activity across multiple systems in a central location. Administrators can centrally create backup jobs, view real-time status, run reports, resolve problems, and add new systems.

Current Backup Exec for Windows Servers customers can leverage the new Backup Exec for Windows Servers System Recovery option. This new option offers system recovery capabilities found in the stand-alone editions of BESR, including dissimilar hardware recovery and physical-to-virtual conversion. BESR 7.0 also offers conversion of virtual systems back to physical for VMware ESX Server, VM Server, VMware Workstation, and Microsoft Virtual Server.

Pricing for BESR 7.0 is $1,095 per server and $69 per workstation. Backup Exec for Windows Servers customers can purchase the new Backup Exec for Windows Servers System Recovery Option for $695. The new products will ship later this month.

Yosemite adds encryption

Yosemite recently released a new version of its Yosemite Backup software, which includes media encryption to keep data secure in the event the media is lost or stolen. Geared for SMBs, Yosemite Backup 8.5 allows users to choose among low, medium, and high levels of encryption.

The software lets users set up a piece of media for encryption and create a password. When the backup job runs, the software creates the key. Users don’t have to be concerned with complicated key-management strategies. (Yosemite OEMs its encryption offering from RSA, which EMC purchased in June 2006.)

Other new features include support for Microsoft Vista files and 64-bit support. The software also supports Windows, NetWare, and Linux. Additional enhancements include support for Windows SharePoint services with Microsoft SQL Backup 8.5 2000 Desktop Engine.

A new single-server edition of Yose-mite Backup 8.5 is priced at $295, compared to $895 for the enterprise edition.

Moonwalk enters US with ILM software

Moonwalk, an Australian developer of data-management and protection software, made its US debut last month with the introduction of the Moonwalk 6.0 information lifecycle management (ILM) software suite. The software is designed to automatically, proactively, and transparently manage the migration, copying, and movement of data throughout the enterprise. The goal is to reduce primary storage by moving volumes to lower-cost file systems, tape systems, or secure compliance devices.

The software combines user-defined data-management classification and migration policies for information on networked storage, servers, and clients. In addition to moving data between primary storage and lower-cost devices, Moonwalk also provides data classification and intelligent management of files across all major file systems, including Windows, Unix, Linux, and NetWare environments.

The Moonwalk Eagle management component is a Web application that allows administrators to set policies to move, copy, migrate, or “de-migrate” data.

Moonwalk does not intend to displace traditional backup-and-recovery software and is compatible with most backup solutions. By applying policies according to file age or attributes, Moonwalk officials claim that companies can reduce their primary storage by 50% to 90%. Accordingly, they’ll streamline the backup process because there is less data to back up. Moonwalk’s architecture uses small-footprint agents, each with its own NFS client, that execute the policies from a centralized management location. Pricing starts at $4,000 per node.

Overland debuts VTL

Overland Storage has extended its disk-to-disk (D2D) backup appliance lineup with the REO 1500 virtual tape library (VTL). The company claims a 5x performance improvement over the REO 1000 and support for up to 2TB of capacity, six VTLs, 32 virtual tape drives, and 512 virtual cartridges. The 1U device holds four 250GB or 500GB SATA drives and includes RAID 5 and iSCSI connectivity. The REO 1500 is priced from $4,495.

EqualLogic adds NAS gateway

EqualLogic recently began shipments of a NAS gateway, based on Windows Storage Server software, that works with the company’s PS Series of iSCSI-based IP SANs. The gateway is manufactured by AMS Storage. The NAS-SAN combo provides an alternative to “unified storage” systems that combine block-level SAN and file-level NAS in a single box. The DakotaNAS-EQ gateway includes features such as single-instance storage (SIS) for file-level data de-duplication, support for distributed file systems (DFS-N and DFS-R) and file- or directory-level replication, and instant file recovery for Windows users. The gateway is priced from $6,675.

ONStor delivers global namespace technology

This month, ONStor delivered global namespace (GNS) technology in the 3.0 version of its Pantera NAS systems and Bobcat NAS gateways. The cluster-wide namespace enables multiple file systems to be virtualized on disparate machines to present a single logical file system to users and applications. Administrators can instantaneously move physical file system storage between virtual servers and NAS gateways. Benefits include simplified management; distributed, n-way scalability; and tiered storage pools under a single namespace. ONStor GNS is priced at $20,000 per NAS cluster.

Bocada monitors backups

Introduced this month, Bocada Enterprise 5.0 is data-protection management software that includes enhancements such as in-depth media and drive utilization analysis, improved data collection functionality, and a SQL 2005 upgrade. The new media module-which works with Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), NetBackup, and NetWorker-enables backup administrators to assess drive and library utilization, capacity, and health to balance workloads and identify media that should be migrated for regulatory or other purposes. An occupancy report feature identifies the amount of capacity required to support current data-protection policies and tracks the amount of copies being stored on both disk and tape.

AMCC ships 24-port controller

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) has expanded its line of PCIe-to-SATA RAID controllers with the addition of a 24-port version-the 3ware 9650SE-24M8. The controllers support RAID 6, which safeguards data against two drive failures. AMCC claims the 9650SE-24M8 delivers RAID-6 throughput speeds of more than 700MBps. The 24-port cabling system uses only three connectors to attach to 24 drives.

The 24-port configuration lists for $1,595.

Separately, AMCC announced that its 3ware Sidecar RAID array now supports Windows and Linux, in addition to Macintosh platforms. The array is based on the 3ware 9650SE-4LPME controller and is priced from $1,295.

Infortrend supports SAS, SATA, FC

Infortrend’s EonStor A16S-G2130 RAID subsystems have host-side SAS connections and drive-side SATA disk connections. The 3U SAS-to-SATA array includes 16 drive bays, two SAS channels (with 12Gbps per channel), and support for all RAID levels.

Infortrend also introduced four systems in its line of 4Gbps Fibre Channel disk arrays-the F16F series. The 3U arrays have 12 Fibre Channel host ports, 16 drive bays, and one or two RAID controllers.

Micronet, XyXEL ship NAS

Priced at $879 for a 1TB configuration, and scalable to 4TB using 1TB SATA disk drives, Micronet’s Platinum NAS 4.0 appliance includes a 64-bit Intel XScale processor, a RAID controller that supports four SATA drive channels, 256MB of cache, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Priced at $990, XyXEL’s 2TB NSA-2400 is a four-bay SATA-based appliance that comes with Genie-Soft’s backup software. Features include RAID 0/1/5 (and JBOD), snapshots, and integration with the Windows Domain Controller.

Iomega NAS targets SMBs

Iomega has added a new rack-mount unit to its line of NAS appliances for SMBs. The 1U StorCenter Pro NAS 450r Series has print-server capability and is available in 1TB and 2TB models. The appliances are based on Microsoft’s Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 and support a variety of Windows services. Other features include hardware-based RAID, 7,200rpm SATA drives, dual-core Intel Xeon processors, dual Gigabit Ethernet connections, and an Ultra320 SCSI connection for backup. Bundled software includes CA e-trust for virus protection, CA ArcServe for backup, and five EMC Retrospect licenses. Prices range from $3,999 to $4,999.

Dot Hill speeds up 2730 array

Dot Hill’s 2730 Turbo RAID array, which is targeted primarily at OEMs and integrators, is up to 30% faster than the 2730 due to a new processor. The company claims 1,154MBps sustained throughput and transfer rates of more than 124,000 I/Os per second. Based on Dot Hill’s R/Evolution architecture and SimulCache technology (which leverages dual RAID controllers instead of conventional cache mirroring), the disk array has 12 drives per enclosure (expandable to 56) in any mix of SATA or SAS. The 2U systems come with four Fibre Channel host interfaces, with SAS and iSCSI external interfaces due later this year. Support for RAID 6 is due in the next quarter.

STORServer protects VMware

STORServer’s VCB Appliance is designed to protect VMware environments with centralized backup, disaster-recovery, and archiving capabilities. The appliance incorporates VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) for backing up ESX servers. VCB creates a backup schedule on the STORserver appliance for each virtual machine to be backed up, and each schedule creates a virtual machine snapshot. Other features include progressive backups, policy-based retention, and disk-to-disk backup. The VCB Appliance is priced from $20,000.


June 12-14
Symantec Vision-Las Vegas, NV
Sponsored by Symantec, the event is expected to attract more than 3,500 attendees. Sessions focus on application management, data management, industry solutions, security management, and storage and server management. For more information, go to www.veritas.com/vision/.

June 12-14

SWC Spring-Long Beach, CA
Storage World Conference will be held in conjunction with the fourth-annual Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP) Summit. Sessions focus on storage on the edge, virtualization, data protection, tiered storage, data de-duplication, CDP, and ILM. For more, visit www.storageworldconference.com.

June 18

IDC Enterprise Data Center Forum- San Francisco, CA
Sponsored by IDC, the forum explores the vision and requirements necessary to sustain the next-generation data center by condensing infrastructure with blades, virtualization technologies, and IT services, etc. Key topics include impacts of emerging technology, energy costs, Internet-based applications, virtualization, staffing, and business processes. For more, go to www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=IDC_P14800.

September 10-13

2007 Developer Solutions Conference & Showcase-San Jose, CA
Sponsored by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and produced in conjunction with the SNIA Technical Council, the conference features more than 50 sessions covering topics such as iSCSI, security, continuous data protection, storage management, Fibre Channel, information assurance, and information lifecycle management. For more information, go to http://www.storage-developer.org/events/storage-developer2007/. 

September 18-20

SWC Fall 2007-Boston, MA
Editors, analysts, and consultants moderate sessions on current networked storage topics, as well as emerging issues and technology. For more information, visit www.storageworldconference.com.

This article was originally published on May 01, 2007