SonicWall Compresses CDP Backup for SMBs

 
 
By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2006-02-17
 
 
 
Rolling up continuous data protection for backup and recovery into a plug-in appliance tailored for small and midsize businesses, SonicWall on Feb. 13 announced its new CDP Solution Series box.

Introduced at the RSA Conference in San Jose, Calif., the new disk-to-disk-based SonicWall CDP offering is the first re-branded product from SonicWalls acquisition of Lasso Logic in November 2005.

The appliance backs up data both locally to itself on the network and to an off-site location to augment disaster recovery operations, said Steve Goodman, former CEO of Lasso and current vice president of Business Continuity for SonicWall, based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Any time data is committed to disk, be it a database transaction or a user hitting save on a document, that information is instantly replicated to the SonicWall CDP Series.

The product is designed to provide AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 256-bit encryption and only save and record specific changes to any file—not an exact duplicate of the file itself—to ease the boxs capacity gains.

The instant recovery device can protect data stored on desktop PCs, laptops and servers.

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Available through SonicWalls channel partners for release on March 1 with prices ranging from $2,000 to $8,000, the SonicWall CDP Solution Series comes in four different models.

These are the CDP 1440i, which is for 15 or fewer users and offers 160 gigabytes of uncompressed capacity (192 compressed); the CDP 2440i for 30 or fewer users and 250GB of uncompressed space (300GB compressed); the CDP 3440i for up to 75 users and 400GB (800GB compressed); and the CDP 4440i, which scales up to an unlimited number of users and 600GB (1.2 terabytes compressed).

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In order to combat swelling data totals, William Higgins, IT manager for New Tower Trust, based in Bethesda, Md., said he turned to Lassos CDP technology to bolster disaster recovery processes and give his customers a higher level of assurance that his organization could continue to perform its real estate trustee duties regardless of any kind of disaster or unforeseen downtime.

"Were in a growth phase in our business. Not only is our staff increasing but the volume of data we manage is," Higgins said, adding that he has seen a 50 percent growth in the size of his backups since June 2005."Having a continuous backup that does not strain your bandwidth or disrupt current operations, its almost like its painless and ongoing."

Existing customers of the Lasso CDP will receive automatic updates of the new SonicWall CDP Solution Series features, Goodman said.

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