NSI announces support for rapidly developing iSCSI storage protocol

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Sunbelt System Software, the leading provider of Windows system administration tools and anti-spam solutions, has announced that NSI Software has approved its flagship Double-Take data replication software product for use with any iSCSI storage device. The testing process combined Double-Take, for which Sunbelt is the exclusive distributor across EMEA, Australia and New Zealand, with iSCSI host bus adapters and devices from leading iSCSI storage vendors such as Alacritech, Emulex, Intel, Intransa, Network Appliance, Overland, SANRAD, and Maxxan.

NSI and iSCSI device customers now have an added degree of assurance that they can combine the highly complementary data protection products from NSI and advanced IP-based storage devices from virtually any iSCSI vendor.

iSCSI is a storage protocol from the Internet Engineering Task Force designed to transport SCSI commands and data blocks over IP networks. Its economical implementation and interoperability have rapidly contributed to the adoption of storage area networks (SANs) in corporate enterprises and the mid-market. According to Gartner Dataquest, iSCSI will connect nearly 1.5 million servers to SANs by 2006.

"The combination of NSI Double-Take and iSCSI storage devices provides a powerful continuous data replication solution," said Bob Guilbert, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for NSI. "As more enterprises look to the iSCSI protocol as a key enabler in lowering costs and enhancing interoperability of their storage networks, we look forward to helping them protect and safeguard their corporate data."

Companies of all sizes can deploy NSI Double-Take software in conjunction with iSCSI for cost-effective, highly reliable data protection and consolidation of key business applications and storage devices. NSIs Double-Take allows organisations to avoid downtime by maintaining up-to-date copies of data the-that are accessible the instant an outage occurs. In addition to ensuring continuous data availability, Double-Take can be used to easily transfer backup responsibilities at branch offices to a single, central corporate data centre.

"IP-based storage is dramatically changing the value models for storage area networks, and the market for iSCSI devices in the data centre is poised for large scale growth," said Steve Duplessie, Founder and Senior Analyst of Enterprise Storage Group. "By providing interoperability with iSCSI, NSI Software and Sunbelt are well positioned to capitalise on this opportunity and expand the market for its data replication software."

More than 180 of the Fortune 500 and industry leaders in international banking, finance, legal services and government utilise NSI Double-Take to ensure minimal data loss and rapid recovery from any disaster or system outage.

"This announcement further strengthens Double-Takes market-leading position and we look forward to further educating the market on what is an outstanding, high-availability and fault tolerance solution," commented Ian Masters, Sales Director at Sunbelt System Software. "iSCSI and Double-Take complement each other and provide a unique solution that fully protects data. The result is a solution that is both cost-effective and performance enhancing complete peace of mind."

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