Drive Control Corp. (DCC), the South Africa distributor for BakBone Software Inc. and Snap Appliance Inc. products, has announced that the two vendors have formed an alliance intended to benefit both enterprise and small-to-medium sized businesses.
As part of the first phase in this multi-phased alliance, the vendors have announced a technology and business partnership intended to deliver simple, cost-effective data protection and recovery solutions for enterprise customers and SMEs.
BakBone's NetVault 7 for GuardianOS v3.0 will back up and restore data that resides on Snap Servers to locally attached tape drives or libraries. This combination aims to deliver enhanced data protection and enterprise-class functionality that can scale to meet the demands of any size ICT environment, explains Raul Del Fabbro, storage division manager at DCC.
Snap Appliance's disk-based backup solution can be deployed as the primary backup server or as a tape displacement solution, the company says. Using NetVault's Virtual Disk Libraries (VDL) capability, backups can easily be sent directly to a Snap Server for improved performance during backup and recovery, Del Fabbro adds. VDL staging aims to minimize the impact on networks and to act as a buffer to ensure device streaming when its time to copy staged data from the Snap Server to tape for permanent archiving or off-site vaulting, he continues.
"The BakBone/Snap Appliance partnership will provide a complete, scalable solution for SMEs that desire a cost-effective way to upgrade their backup ICT environment, and for large distributed enterprises looking to completely replace tape in satellite offices, departments and large workgroups. In a multiple server installation, data from up to five heterogeneous clients can be streamed over the IP network to a tape device that is locally attached to a single Snap Server," says Del Fabbro.
This partnership follows Snap's recently announced support for BakBone's Linux Advantage Programme, a joint marketing and development initiative designed to guarantee data protection for enterprise applications running on Linux.
New GuardianOS-powered Snap Servers are also now available with Version 3.0. This release is said to be backwards-compatible with all past departmental- and enterprise-class Snap Server products that use GuardianOS, and will be available for existing customers to purchase and download from http://www.snapappliance.com.