Veritas, Snap Aid Remote Backup

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-08-02

Veritas Software Corp. and Snap Appliance Inc. are bolstering the replication capabilities of their respective storage software offerings to help enterprises better manage remote-office data.

Veritas this week will introduce Version 3.0 of its Storage Replicator, which duplicates information to a central location before backup occurs. Storage Replicator 3.0 allows administrators to automatically capture and replicate a file to an alternate site every time its saved or changed, said officials in Mountain View, Calif.

Storage Replicator 3.0 duplicates only changed blocks of data rather than an entire file, reducing bandwidth consumption; it can replicate data from up to 250 nodes to a single location. The interface has been refreshed to match the user interface of the rest of Veritas Backup Exec products.

Also this week, Snap, a division of Adaptec Inc., will announce new editions of its S2S (Server-to-Server) Synchronization replication software and GuardianOS platform. The company will also debut its new Snap Server 18000 backup appliance. S2S Synchronization 2.0 provides asynchronous byte-level replication and supports GuardianOS-powered Snap servers.

To get the details on Adaptecs recent acquisition of Snap Applicane, click here.

GuardianOS 3.1, which runs on a variety of Snap servers, including the new 18000, features support for symmetric multiprocessing devices; battery-backed nonvolatile memory; and improved iSCSI support for Windows, Solaris and Linux.

Due this month, the Snap Server 18000 stores up to 30TB of data and supports iSCSI for simultaneous block and file backup on a single device. Additionally, it features instant capacity expansion for dynamic provisioning and doubles the file-serving performance of the Snap Server 4500, said officials in Milpitas, Calif.

The new 18000 met the price/performance imperatives of Dan Werthimer, chief scientist of the SETI@home project at the University of California at Berkeley. Werthimer backs up data on an early release of the 18000.

"What we wanted was high performance, a high number of transactions per second and a lot of storage in a small space," said Werthimer. "[The 18000] only takes up 8 inches of rack space. Its the smallest 6TB Ive ever seen. Its a very intuitive interface, easy to use and exactly what we wanted."

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