Artisan Debuts Neverfail HybriStor Data Protection Appliance

The data protection appliances are designed to offer nearly unlimited capacity expansion, scalable performance and instant local/remote recovery.

Cloud infrastructure specialist Artisan introduced Neverfail HybriStor data protection appliances, which are designed to offer nearly unlimited capacity expansion, scalable performance, instant local/remote recovery and a multi-vendor architecture.

The vendor-agnostic approach uses open standards for connecting to most backup and archive applications using a Network File System (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS) mount, and the cloud-scale product also delivers AES 256-bit encryption for data security in-flight to meet compliance requirements, according to Artisan, whose offerings are available exclusively through the channel.

"Data is the lifeblood of nearly every business today, from retail to banking to manufacturing, so protecting that data and ensuring that it's always available is imperative to their success," Larry Hart, senior vice president of cloud solutions and strategic alliances at Artisan, told eWEEK. "Many different metrics have been developed for the survivability of businesses after they lose data. Regardless of which metric you believe, they all have the same conclusion. Businesses that lose data either close completely or sustain massive setbacks to their competitiveness."

HybriStor is a next-generation data protection solution with purpose-built backup appliance (PBBA) capabilities that meet the rigorous data recovery requirements of businesses for recovery point objectives (RPOs) and rapid recovery time objectives (RTOs).

The Neverfail HybriStor data protection virtual appliance provides customers with up to 100TB of free managed capacity, with an assumed deduplication ratio of 10-to-1 and up to 10TB of managed capacity per node.

"Free capacity leads to accelerated adoption. Accelerated adoption leads to more rapid innovation. How? As we listen to end-user feedback and better understand how they're using our solutions, we will use that information to better serve them now and into the future with an accelerated innovation schedule," Hart said. "While we feel we have an innovative solution already, we know we've only just begun and will focus on building exactly what our end-users tell us is needed."

Hart explained that data management technology is rapidly evolving and the cloud is helping accelerate its evolution.

"While we support backup and archive use cases, we feel that backup may eventually get squeezed out by two other use cases—replication for high availability and archiving for long-term retention, compliance and business analytics," he said. "We believe that as technology providers are capable of delivering high-performance connections to low-cost object storage, like we have, that more archive data will be written to object storage."

This will open up a treasure trove of information to feed data-hungry business analytics tools, Hart said.

"After all, the more rapidly you can extract data from your archives, the faster you can generate actionable business insights," Hart explained. "Regardless of our crystal ball forecast, we feel we are well positioned to serve all of these use cases because we develop with a focus on current and near-term, customer needs."