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Simply Business Protection for small and midsized IT environments

- by Brad Parks 

We’re all well aware that data protection equates to business protection and some of the recent posts on this blog go into detail on how HP is fundamentally changing the rules of the game with our deduplication technologies embedded in our disk based backup solutions.I’d like to expand on some of these topics while specifically looking at the needs of small and midsized customers.  A key challenge midsized businesses share with enterprises is the need to reduce the cost of protecting their data but there are unique challenges as well.  Small and midsized businesses are some of the most exciting and dynamic environments to work in because there can be wild swings in customer demand and therefore data growth.  IT Managers in these environments must wear a lot of hats and be as flexible as their IT environment in order to respond to changing business conditions.  Consolidating backup and moving from pure tape based backup strategies to multi-tier disk to disk to tape (D2D2T) methodologies is one way that IT managers can be less reactive and more intelligent with regards to their data protection.As mentioned earlier, one of the most significant new advances in storage technologies is data deduplication.  This backup technique eliminates redundant blocks of data from storage, by saving a single copy of identical data and replacing any further instances with pointers back to that one copy.

HP recently announced several new disk-based storage systems specifically designed to meet the needs of different business environments.  For midmarket customers, HP is radically changing the economics of data protection in smaller business environments and remote offices 45% less cost than comparable products and can retrain up to 50x more backup data on the same amount of raw capacity.

 Key benefits of these new HP StorageWorks D2D Backup Systems:

  • Maximizes disk space via synchronous backup operations that deduplicate data as it is stored to the disk.

  • Reduces the amount of disk and memory required to deduplicate data by leveraging proprietary technology created by HP Labs, the company’s central research and development arm.

  • Improves productivity and eliminates the need for training with a fully functional graphical user interface that does not require complex command lines for configuration.

  • Optimizes investment of primary backup system through compatibility with new versions of software and applications.
Read more about our announcement: In addition to the deduplication products, we’ve also recently released an exciting new series of products for smaller customers who want the benefits of disk based backup for individual servers.  Backup of standalone servers is still a significant challenge for those with only a few servers; you may not be ready to consolidate your backup to a centralized device but you still are looking for a technology that provides pain-free backup and rapid file restore.   The HP StorageWorks RDX Removable Disk Backup System delivers an easy to use, affordable and rugged data protection solution for workstations and entry level servers.  In fact, you can protect your entire system with the included continuous data protection software. Cost of ownership is reduced with long lasting removable disk cartridges and a forward and backward compatible docking station that does not require a costly upgrade to accommodate future higher capacity cartridges. The RDX Removable Disk Backup System offers fast disk based performance with the ability to store 160 GB or 320 GB of data on a single removable disk cartridge.   Read more at  


Anonymous | ‎07-18-2008 10:03 PM

You may want to checkout an EMC Employees take on this.

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