Software, hardware and storage team up for backup. [Quantum]

Quantum vmPRO 4000 offers up a complete solution that’s simple, advanced and affordable.

Virtual machines have become central to the functioning of more and more IT environments. But as virtualization has grown in popularity, backups have become more of a headache:

  • ISV backup software development has fallen behind
  • Reliance on agents is making backing up a time killer for resource-stretched IT departments
  • Overprovisioning is slowing down backups to a snail’s pace
  • Recovery times are getting longer
  • Disaster recovery of important data is at risk
  • Remote office backups are being neglected

Fortunately, some backup developers have been working on overcoming these challenges. That’s where Quantum’s new turnkey vmPRO 4000 offering comes in. It’s the first of its kind – an all-in-one system built on an innovative combination of technologies specifically designed to provide faster and more effective VM protection in data centers or remote offices. vmPRO 4000 uniquely combines software, hardware and storage into a single appliance, eliminating the need for individual agents or separate physical servers.

The vmPRO 4000 is a combination of Quantum’s vmPRO software with a DXi de-deduplication target appliance. The software enables easy backup and movement of VMs from their primary storage to a target de-dup appliance, protecting data with distributed features like centralized management and easy deployment without buying and deploying costly backup solutions. vmPRO 4000 enhances the software by providing local deduplicated storage and replication back to a central data center, reducing local storage size for recent data and network bandwidth by upwards of 90% for replication.

In fact, the combined solution has led to results far more powerful than with any backup software or dedupe appliance on the market, including:

  1. Easy integration. No changes, compliance processes or policies are needed for existing environments. vmPRO 4000 integrates easily, extending and optimizing existing VMware without having to rip and replace – unless that’s what you’re looking to do.
  2. Single agentless view of all storage across all VMs. The vmPRO software runs on a virtual appliance on the ESX server where it sees all the VMs directly, reducing management complexity and the performance overhead of having an agent on every VM. [Read more…]

Relieve storage pains from MS Exchange & Sharepoint [NetApp]

NetApp FAS2000: A new storage system to help mid-sized businesses rein in their Exchange and SharePoint infrastructure.

There’s little doubt that applications like Microsoft® Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint have made it easier and more affordable for businesses large, mid and small to better connect, collaborate and compete.

But it isn’t all a bed of roses, of course – the server and storage infrastructure for Windows® environments that midsized companies in particular have evolved over time is often less efficient than it could be, with servers and software licenses underutilized, infrastructure administration inefficient and reassigning free capacity to other uses difficult, to say the least. All this sprawl and waste is a big reason why growing midsize businesses – those with less than 1,000 PCs – have begun implementing server and storage virtualization in a big way.

New tools to transform bottlenecks into business growth.

The move to virtualized storage is why many of those same midsize companies are turning to NetApp’s simple and affordable storage solutions. By combining NetApp’s innovative unified storage and data management offerings with virtualized servers and desktops, IT pros are finally being given the tools they need to transform a potential Windows IT environment bottleneck into a competitive asset that can more ably promote business growth.

In particular, NetApp’s latest FAS2000 series offers up a more powerful platform to help manage Exchange and SharePoint server and application sprawl than other systems in its class. NetApp FAS2000 helps IT make smart decisions about managing resources, time and money by offering:

  1.  Powerful storage that fits any budget – truly unified systems start at under $7,500 and data protocols are included at no additional cost
  2. Simplicity that makes the most of limited resources – including rapid deployment within minutes from an easy-to-use interface
  3. Flexibility to adapt to the growing needs of your business – like the ability to upgrade while using the same OS and software tools.

Plus, you don’t need to be a storage expert to deploy and manage NetApp storage systems. The NetApp FAS2000 series provides an impressive [Read more…]