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Are you ready for a data protection appliance?

Backups form the ultimate bedrock on which all data protection systems are built. Amongst the many big name vendors that offer tools and products into this space can be found a number of smaller suppliers providing increasingly sophisticated niche solutions.


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Are you ready for a data protection appliance?
There are some technologies that become so all pervasive that they can almost "disappear" from view. In the world of IT one of the best such example can be found in the everyday, if not every hour, function of backup and recovery.

Backups form the ultimate bedrock on which all data protection systems are built. Amongst the many big name vendors that offer tools and products into this space can be found a number of smaller suppliers providing increasingly sophisticated niche solutions.

DataCenterTechnologies is one such vendor and its DC-Protect solution may appeal to a number of users.

DC-Protect is a combination of management software and hardware appliance that provides a simple, fast, safe solution to the issues of back up and restoration of data. All data to be backed up is stored on disks within the appliance, potentially removing the need to back up to tape.

In addition to the use of disks to store backed up information, the system uses sophisticated software algorithms that ensures that only new and modified files are backed up. Previously stored data files are not copied every time a back up is performed unless the file has been updated since the last back up copy was taken.

This approach can significantly reduce the amount of time required to perform routine back up processes and limits the amount of network bandwidth required to support the data protection actions. The appliance is capable of backing up multiple servers over the network with a small agent residing on every machine to be protected. All stored information is compressed to optimize space utilisation within the appliance. The company claims that it is possible to perform a 300Gb backup in approximately 3 hours.

Whilst DC-Protect is not designed for use in large mission critical database systems it does function with MS SQL Server and the system does offer a solution for the protection of Microsoft Exchange systems. Agents exist to support a range of Windows platforms, Linux, BSD and Sun Solaris systems.

In addition to its easy to use backup and restore capabilities the system can also be used to provide "bare metal restore" capabilities in disaster recovery situations. Indeed it is possible to restore data across platforms or to multiple platforms. The routine Scheduling of tasks is catered for and optional software is available to archive selected material to either tape or DVD repositories.

DCT is currently targeting small to medium sized organizations but expects to be offering enterprise class systems within the next twelve months. The system may well prove attractive to organizations looking for a fast, simple tool to help in the ever-growing task of data protection.


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