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SANscreen Business Continuity 2

Disaster recovery and business continuity loomed large as the Excellence Awards judges evaluated the many entries that fell into this category. The winner, Onaros SANscreen Business Continuity 2 (since rebranded SANscreen Replication Assurance), helps IT managers ensure that the volumes they replicate from a primary data center to failover sites are consistent and ready for action in the event of a disaster.

The daunting complexity of disaster recovery and business continuity has made management tools like Onaros invaluable. SANscreen Business Continuity 2 lets IT managers quickly visualize their storage resources and locate potential flaws in their disaster recovery and business continuity processes. Because, in the end, the process of replicating large blocks of data over a WAN is useful only if an IT manager can guarantee that that data is consistent at the remote site.

SANscreen Business Continuity also allows IT managers to keep track of the storage consumption of replicated volumes, a capability that can be used to implement chargeback policies or to justify future storage hardware purchases.



Enterprise Vault 6.0

Compliance was another hot-button topic in this category. Symantecs Enterprise Vault, now in its sixth version, allows IT managers to archive e-mail and eliminate the all-too-common scourge of rogue .pst files. With compliance affecting just about every industry, e-mail archives like Enterprise Vault will surely grow in importance over the years.


Assured Recovery 3.72

XOsofts Assured Recovery 3.72 is another product that rose to the top of this category for its ability to aid in effective disaster recovery and business continuity-solutions for which all too often are designed for the high end. Assured Recovery 3.72, which validates applications and data at remote sites, stands out for its accessibility to small and midsize businesses. Assured Recovery 3.72 can protect Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Internet Information Services, as well as Oracle databases, and a future release is expected to work with third-party replication engines.

-Henry Baltazar

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