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Dimension Data launches backup-as-a-service service

There's a new backup-as-a-service player in town, in the form of South African services outfit Dimension Data. DiData has, like a few other large service providers, quietly created a cloud that offers most of the same elasticity as the big-name public clouds but is sold as part of engagements that run far deeper than the …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Feb 2014
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Barracuda announces BaaS - Backup as a Service - range of boxen

Barracuda Networks has announced BaaS - Backup-as-a-Service - which is based upon its 190 and 390 series backup appliances. The backup appliance range has seven models: 190; 390; 490; 690; 890; 990; and 1090. These vary by, amongst other things, their usable internal capacity. The 190 has 500GB and the 390 1TB. At the top of the …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014

Backup dedupe bods ExaGrid: We're 'cash-positive' this is our year

Deduplicating backup-to-disk startup ExaGrid is now cash-positive and thinks this could be its breakout year. ExaGrid is one of several suppliers trailing along behind EMC's Data Domain unit in the deduplicating backup-to-disk system market. Even with what they claim is arguably superior technology, they fail to grow faster than …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014

Backup for my hard drive and cloud: Is there one program to rule them all?

And so to El Reg Forums, where Monkeyfish has fired up the following thread: I've been looking at using Google Drive to backup photos and such, should the house burn down. I already use an external HDD for local backups, but do it manually. I'm looking for some recommendations for software that would handle backing up files to …
Drew Cullen, 09 Nov 2013
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When Symantec's away... 28-year-old Asigra becomes 'overnight' cloud backup success

There are dozens of backup system and software providers and it’s easy enough for the ones not in the front rank to fade into the background, until you read something like this: “Asigra … has reached the one million customer site deployment milestone with nearly half of new instalments produced in the past 12 months.” There has …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2013

BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

I bloody hate SRTs (or Server Room Tourists as they're more commonly called). "And... what does this one do?" the new Boss asks, pointing at a server front panel. "That would be the frontend of the company portal," the PFY nods knowingly. "And this one?" he asks, gesturing to the panel below. "The redundant frontend for the …
Simon Travaglia, 16 Aug 2013
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Symantec BACKS OUT of Backup Exec.cloud

Symantec's resellers have reportedly been given notice to stop providing annual subscriptions to Backup Exec.cloud by 6 January. Backup Exec.cloud lets small and medium businesses store backups in a Symantec remote vault (the cloud) or on-site and in the cloud. Customers have been told they can use the service until one year …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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Bring us your baffled Backup Exec biz bods, beg Axcient, Zetta

Axcient and Zetta have seized the moment and are offering migration services to Backup Exec Cloud users facing being left out in the unprotected cold by Symantec's withdrawal from the Backup Exec Cloud offering. Symantec has announced it is shuttering its Backup Exec Cloud service, leaving users to make alternative arrangements …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2013
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CommVault whuppin' EMC in backup and recovery - report

IT research outfit Forrester has published an Enterprise Backup and Recovery report that shows little CommVault kicking the big backup guys' asses. The Forrester Wave Enterprise Backup And Recovery Software, Q2 2013 report looked at six enterprise backup vendors: ASG; CommVault; EMC; HP; IBM; and Symantec. The author, Rachel …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013

Asigra's Google Apps backup calms paranoid CIOs

Backup specialist Asigra has added support for Google Apps so it can provide detailed backup and recovery services for cloudy, risk-averse organizations. The upgrade was announced at the Asigra Summit in Toronto on Tuesday as a key component of Asigra Cloud Backup 12.2. We always thought the point of outsourcing services such …
Jack Clark, 09 Jul 2013

Microsoft offers 'free' backup for Azure users with the cloud fear

EVault has promised a year’s worth of cloud backup and disaster recovery services to biz customers who take out an Azure Enterprise agreement with Microsoft. The two firms inked the agreement for EVault to provide the service last week. It's actually a fairly natural fit for users who might be a little unnerved by recent …
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2013
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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

So, you're a sysadmin, slaving away to maintain the impossible 100 per cent uptime demanded by The Powers That Be. How many common myths about storage do you really believe? More to the point, how many of these common myths do your bosses believe? Of course, it really doesn’t matter which backup vendor you use - the myths are …
StorageBod, 12 Jul 2013
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Acronis receives Parallels-o-gram, reveals cloudy backup platform

Acronis' integration with sibling company Parallels is gathering pace, after the former today announced a cloud storage service. Both Acronis and Parallels were founded by Serguei Beloussov, who back in September told The Reg he planned a backup-as-a-service product that would meld technology from the two companies. That …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Oct 2013

EMC: Backup is BROKEN, do you hear me? Now buy this other thing

EMC says backup is broken, and that infrastructure should now be able to protect itself using intelligence it possesses. It is hoping users will move towards copy data management and away from leaving idle data in silos waiting for something to happen. The realisation that EMC's backup thinking had changed started with a deeper …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2013
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Spot the joints: You say backup, I say archiving

If you have ever been asked to recover an old, lost or deleted file, you will know just how hard people find it to tell the difference between backup and archiving. The administrator's workload has grown so much that backup companies have even added user self-service portals to ease it. The problem has accentuated as companies …
Bryan Betts, 27 Jan 2014

Backup software bods tempt users with hot new (pricing) model

Canadian backup software provider Asigra has introduced the first backup pricing model with a pay-for-recovery element, effectively - so it says - introducing a price cut. Asigra says its new pricing model is intended to push customers into paying less for the backup capacity licence and more for the recovery part of the data …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2013

Coraid and CommVault team up, grab biz barons' backup from HP, Sepaton

At IP EXPO, Coraid and CommVault were flaunting their love after partnering up on a new venture to provide scaleable data management and protection solutions for enterprise folk. Coraid said CommVault was a great door-opener, and said that together they were capable of taking on players like Sepaton and HP for the Simpana back- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013

Microsoft's $15m won't last forever: Quantum, CommVault to flog new backup kit

Quantum is still chewing on its $15m royalty payout from Microsoft, but that was a one-off, and it needs to make plans if it doesn't wish to go hungry again. To that end, the storage firm is adding a dash of Simpana software to boost the growth of its Lattus object storage business. It has also introduced a new virtual …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2013
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Seagate's cloud backup baby gets software boost

Seagate has given its backup-to-the-cloud EVault sub an appliance software boost, probably in a bid to lure in more of that small and medium biz customer goodness. EVault appliances have now been updated with the latest v7.0 version of its software. according to the firm, this means faster backups, up to 100 per cent faster for …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
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Why do they even call it a backup appliance? Just call it an EMC

In the purpose-built backup appliance market, IDC numbers show EMC reigning supreme in revenue share terms while everybody else basically sucks. Only one rival, Symantec, has a greater than 10 per cent share. Here are the bald revenue share per cent numbers for the fourth 2012 quarter as tracked by IDC's number-crunchers: - EMC …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013
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Backup bods Veeam quietly gobbling up ever-greater market share

Backup software supplier Veeam is quietly doing extraordinary things; it's growing its backup business while touting their latest software as a means to continue growing its market share. Veeam is privately-owned and focusses on virtual machine backup. It has no venture capital funding as far as we can tell. Despite that, it's …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013

STORServer backup beast heads list of top tools

STORServer's EBA 3100 has been named as the backup appliance king by analyst firm DCIG. The appliance examiner even created a new enterprise category in its Backup Appliance Buyer's Guide for the tool. More than 60 backup appliances from 13 vendors were analysed and compared by DCIG and STORserver had four of its products take …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2012
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TLC NAND could penetrate biz with flash-to-flash backup

Violin co-founder and CTO Jon Bennett identified a potential enterprise role for three-level cell (TLC) flash at VMworld Barcelona today: flash-to-flash backup. TLC is currently seen as pure consumer technology. The first TLC NAND SSD has been announced by Samsung. But TLC NAND has a short working life, with 500 - 750 phase/ …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2012
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Nekkid Tech: The Great Backup Industry SMACKDOWN

Last week, Greg Knieriemen turned the heat up on Marc Farley, StorageIO's Greg Schulz and the legendary StorageZilla. This time, Greg hosts special guest Jim McNiel, CEO of FalconStor Software (@jimmcniel), who gives us the skinny on the future of tape, back-up software lock-ins and cloudy convergence. This week we discuss: …
Team Register, 08 Feb 2012
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Sepaton lures Feds with TOP SECRET backup BEAST

Sepaton has brought out a new deduping backup storage array that it claims inflicts 80TB an hour on a floating lump of backup data. It's the S2100-ES3 2925 and it has near doubled its data ingestion rate over the -ES2 model, says the firm. It has also added an encryption feature that it says makes it the "safe choice" for mega …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2013

Fancy facing an Amazon backup beatdown on cold storage spinners?

The Register's storage desk has heard that the demand for cloud archival services has grown to the point where Amazon's rivals are considering creating Glacier-like services. Seagate's cloud-backup subsidiary EVault has been linked to just such an effort, although when El Reg asked, it would not confirm this. Glacier is Amazon' …
Chris Mellor, 25 Sep 2013
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Dell gives the back of its hand to Backup Exec, cuddles AppAssure

At its Storage Forum in Paris this week, Dell announced its intention to eject Symantec Backup Exec from its backup appliance line, replacing it with its acquired AppAssure technology. It also plans 100 per cent faster Compellent arrays. There's more... In summary, Dell announced: Compellent storage controller code upgrade …
Chris Mellor, 19 Nov 2012
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HP serves up backup-array combo platter to channel diners

HP has introduced follow-on systems to the iSCSI P4500 and a channel-only pairing of a StoreServe 3PAR array with StoreOnce Backup. The firm believes both will help channel partners in the mid-range/high-end external array and purpose-built backup appliance markets. The new HP StoreVirtual products are based on ProLiant Gen8 …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2013
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Backup upstart Actifio flicks the safety off in storage standoff

Funding for data-battling upstart Actifio is mushrooming: it's just scooped another $50m from investors eager to take part in what looks likely to be a lucrative stock-market debut in a year or two. The company's technology, embodied in its PAS (Production and Availability System) appliance, takes a snapshot of your production …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2013

VMware adds EMC daddy's deduping backup to vSphere

VMware is embedding EMC's Avamar deduplicating backup software into ESXi with the vSphere Data Protection product, making VMware seem more like EMC's baby than an open child. What VMware wanted to do was provide virtual machine (VM) data protection for small and medium businesses (SMB) and enterprise departments that was an …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2012
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NetApp reveals Exadata backup plan

NetApp has quietly announced, through its blogs and user community, a backup solution for Oracle's Exadata appliances. Oracle has previously suggested its own storage kit is the best place to protect the contents of Exadata boxes, but the NetApp 'Technical Report', titled Deploying a Backup Solution and Dev/Test Platform for …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Mar 2012
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Japanese publisher, staff arrested over backup software offer

Those software-laden DVDs that adorn the covers of newsstand computer magazines can get you into serious trouble in Japan, where four staff at a book publisher have been arrested because of naught software included in the popular 'onserts'. Those arrested include an executive (Yoshiaki Kaizuka) of Sensai Books, which had offered …
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Cloud backup drama: Mozy kicks Carbonite after ASA's had a go

Cloud backup service vendor Carbonite recently had its knuckles rapped by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority for misleading punters by saying its cloud backup service is "unlimited". Now EMC-backed Mozy, a Carbonite competitor which doesn't offer unlimited backup data amounts, has waded in to the fray. The ASA quoted a …
Chris Mellor, 07 Aug 2012
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Symantec sues rivals in backup patents spat

It's war: big backup beast Symantec is suing upstart competitors Acronis and Veeam, accusing them of infringing its patents and getting a free ride using Symantec technology. It wants jury trials, cessation of infringing product sales and damages. The cited patents deal with backup and replication - see if you can recognise any …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2012
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Review: Unitrends backup appliances

In my experience, backup software sucks. Normally, I chalk that up to a lack of exposure to non-crap alternatives on my part. Talking to backup admins and doing the maths on the licensing leads me to believe my original assessment is correct; there are precious few backups applications and vendors that don't cause some form of …
Trevor Pott, 07 Feb 2013

Symantec: We 'stubbed our toe' on Backup Exec, but we'll be fine

Symantec's new broom CEO has presided over record final quarter - at least for revenues - and full year 2013 results. This is despite the company being in the middle of a management clear-out, profits droop and wholesale sales operation revamp. Revenues for the fourth quarter, which finished on 29 March, were $1.75bn, a record …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2013

Snappy snaps: Veeam cuddles up to NetApp for storage selfie

Virtual server backup startup Veeam is integrating its Backup and Replication product with NetApp’s Snapshot, SnapMirror and SnapVault. Veeam backups up VMware and Hyper-V servers and virtual machines, but not storage arrays. It states: “Storage snapshots allow backups to take place during business hours without affecting …
Chris Mellor, 08 Apr 2014

Last of the indie dedupe firms: We CAN fight off backup giants

Bill Andrews, Exagrid's CEO, is a driven man, even though he's been at Exagrid for seven years. But Andrews still has a job of work ahead of him bringing Exagrid out from under Data Domain's massive market shadow. In these days of every mainstream storage vendor having deduping backup-to-disk arrays – with the notable exception …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2012
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Acronis reveals plan to bust out of backup biz, thrust growth sideways

Acronis is making a break-out move from the data protection business, looking to expand sideways into file access, synch 'n share. Why is it doing this? Competing in the backup market is a bit like trench warfare. There's a lot of hunkering down, lots of noise and smoke but nothing much changes overall because the proprietary …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2012

Seagate backup biz deletes name, restores EVault brand

Seagate's cloud backup biz, i365, has renamed itself EVault, the name it was called when Seagate bought it five years ago. Why bother? The i365 name was applied to EVault, and to Seagate's acquired paperwork search biz MetaLincs and Seagate Recovery Services, in September 2008. The three operations were combined in the wholly- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Dec 2011
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Microsoft squashes Exchange Server bug

Redmond has issued a patch for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 to cure a bug that borked its backups. The sleep-wrecking (for sys admins, anyhow) bug tipped backups into a bucket, whether using Windows Server Backup or third party products, according to this Knowledge Base article. The backup crashes would report problems with “ …
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Quantum backs up 156TB backup box over EMC's back lawn

Quantum has introduced its second-largest deduplicating hard-drive array the DXi6800, and refreshed its top-end tape library. First, disks: the firm's dedupe gear runs from the low-end DXi V1000 through the 4000 and 6700 and up to the high-end 8500. The 6800 fits between the 6700 and 8500 models. Its capacity ranges from 13TB to …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2013
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Could a snapshot plug your backup window?

Talking with Dmitri Joukovski, product management VP at backup firm Acronis, we were discussing backup and snapshots and I asked whether backup was still the best choice. He turned the conversation around and asked me what is backup? I said it was the collecting of the current set of files on a system, putting them into a single …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2011
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Symantec: 'NetBackup 7.5 speeds backup 100X'

Symantec says backup is a multi-point product mess, with big data blowing backup-window timing out of the water, and so it has souped up both BackupExec and NetBackup to cover more backup and restore use cases. The sexy news – well, as sexy as backup news can be – is that the latest release of NetBackup is said to be 100 times …
Chris Mellor, 06 Feb 2012
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Converting between backup formats is possible after all

I had always thought it was impossible to convert files from one backup format to another: to migrate files from Symantec NetBackup to HP DataProtector, for example. But actually, you can. A new product from Butterfly Software does exactly that. Butterfly Software is based in Maidenhead in the UK and I'm only going on what the …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2011
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InMage: VMware backup can be done 80% faster

Initial virtual machine backup and replication over a wide area network can be up to 80 per cent faster with v3.0 of InMage's vContinuum software, says the company. V3.0 was developed to back up and restore virtual machines better in large VMware environments. With the rise of the virtual machines (VMs) there has been a …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2011
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SolidFire brings out new Carbon, says it'll make data centres more like clouds

Cloud all-flash array startup SolidFire has announced Carbon, v6.0 of its Elements operating system - claiming it is the "most feature-rich, enterprise-class all-flash storage on the market." For a quick review of SolidFire features read this previous Reg story and this one about its SF 9010 array. With the new v6.0 release, …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2014
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Hit upgrade on Symantec Backup Exec, and unleash Hell

Backup Exec 2012 users are screaming in frustration over the "improvements" pushed out this year. Users were chatting on the Symantec Connect forum about the redesign, saying that it's more like a trip to the dentist after all. Here are just a few of the 228 comments on the forum: Bulbous: "Menus are now hidden behind other …
Chris Mellor, 28 May 2012
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Veeam stretches VM backup to Hyper-V

Veeam Software, one of myriad vendors of archiving and disaster recovery software vendors that has sprung up to tame virtual server environments, has revved up its aptly named Veeam Backup & Replication tool to v6, and expanded out beyond the safe bet of coping with VMware ESX Server and ESXi hypervisors to wrestling with VMs …
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Exagrid... heave: Storage troops push out range-topping dedupe box

There is a new range-topper for Exagrid's deduplicating backup to disk arrays, the EX21000E. Backup data keeps on growing so backup to disk systems have to grow their capacity and speed so as to able to deal with the amount of backup data in the time window available. Exagrid arrays can be pooled in a grid of 10 machines with …
Chris Mellor, 22 Oct 2013