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Ease of installation brings VTL technology to smaller businesses.

Sepaton : 04 September, 2007  (New Product)
Small and medium size businesses can now benefit from virtual tape library technology due to pre-configuration and ease of set up of Sepaton's DS2 Express enterprise data protection product.
Sepaton has announced that its S2100-DS2 (DS2 Express) virtual tape library (VTL) appliance is now pre-configured for easy setup and deployment in under 30 minutes, as confirmed by Enterprise Strategy Group's (ESG) lab testing facility, ESG Lab. The DS2 Express is a backup solution priced and designed to meet the needs of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) and enterprise departmental users. It is the industry's only disk-based, virtual tape library appliance that comes fully configured to enable '30 Minutes Box-to-Backup' installation.

ESG Lab validated the DS2 Express through hands-on testing on a 3.5 TB configuration with a Fibre Channel connection, using NetBackup backup software. "For SMBs, ease of deployment and manageability are paramount as resources are tighter than ever," explained Brian Garrett, technical director, ESG Lab. "Our testing of the DS2 Express confirmed it can be dropped into an existing tape environment without changes to policies or procedures and users can be performing backups in less than 30 minutes. Our test environment was ready for backups in just 23 minutes. Even organisations with very limited IT resources can use the DS2."

For a cost comparable to a tape library, the disk-based DS2 Express as tested by ESG delivers four times faster performance, nearly instantaneous restores, and up to 7 TB of storage (14 TB with software compression) with a fully automated, easy-to-manage interface. The 3.5 TB useable capacity configuration is equipped with software compression to deliver double or triple this capacity without additional physical disk. The DS2 Express is based on Sepaton's ContentAware architecture which enables backup/restore speeds of up to 300 MB/seconds and wire speed restores of full backup sets and individual files alike. For maximum flexibility, each DS2 Express can provide up to 192 virtual devices simultaneously, each of which can be configured as a virtual library or virtual tape drive; 2,048 virtual tape cartridges can be configured per appliance.

Earlier this year, Tech Data Corporation and Sepaton established a distribution agreement providing North American value-added resellers (VARs) with access to the DS2 Express for backup and recovery of their customers' critical data. "The Sepaton DS2 enables our VAR customers to incorporate the latest virtual tape data protection solutions into their own offerings," said Tech Data's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Infrastructure Solutions, Pete Peterson. "Data protection and business continuity are a focus for our Advanced Infrastructure Solutions Division, and partners like Sepaton help us deliver the solutions and support our customers need."

"With the introduction of the DS2 Express and the formation of our distribution agreement with Tech Data, IT VARs and their end-user customers of all sizes now have easy access to a backup solution that is simple and cost-effective to install and manage," said Asim Zaheer, vice president of marketing, Sepaton. "As validated by ESG Lab, the DS2 Express provides the fast and easy 'box-to-backup' experience that will be appreciated by organisations even with the most limited IT resources, and it does so while delivering excellent capacity, reliability and fast backup and restore times."
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