Overland Storage, Inc. (NasdaqNM: OVRL), a leading provider of backup and recovery solutions, today introduced Multi-SitePAC software for its REO SERIES of disk-to-disk backup and recovery appliances. Multi-SitePAC is a remote backup mirroring solution that automates the costly, cumbersome and unreliable manual process of backing up, centralising and managing remote data without requiring changes to backup systems or software. As a result, customers can achieve near-instantaneous recovery, cost-effectively ensure business continuity, meet compliance requirements, and reduce overall storage management costs.
Multi-SitePACis designed to lower the costs and ease the burden associated with protecting and consolidating remote site backups, all without disrupting the customers current storage environment, said Michael Kerman, vice president and chief strategy officer, Overland Storage. Building on ProtectionPAC, the core REO application introduced last quarter, Multi-SitePAC underscores our commitment to deliver the benefits of disk without the risk.
Traditionally, protecting remote site data entails deploying servers, backup software and tape autoloaders at each site, where non-technical personnel are tasked with regularly changing tapes and sending them to a central location. In addition, IT staff must travel to remote sites for periodic system administration and maintenance. This expensive, error-prone manual process often results in failed backups and missed recovery time objectives, which not only puts regulatory and audit compliance at risk, but also jeopardizes business continuity.
Multi-SitePAC overcomes these issues by automatically mirroring backup data in virtual tape format from a remote REO appliance to a central REO, where it can be easily consolidated, managed and archived to tape, if necessary. The backed up data resides centrally and yet remains cached at the remote site, enabling near-instantaneous restores from either location while providing a low-cost way to ensure business continuity. In addition, because Multi-SitePAC is platform-independent and backup software-agnostic, it can integrate seamlessly into existing technology storage environments.
With Multi-SitePAC, Overland Storage takes a unique approach to solving an age-old problem, said Randy Kerns, senior partner, Evaluator Group. Unlike other solutions that require new servers, software and licenses, Multi-SitePAC consolidates remote backup data without forcing customers to overhaul their storage environments. In short, Multi-SitePAC is a cost-effective and efficient backup mirroring solution.
"Backing up data to remote sites is no longer solely for the most critical applications at the largest companies. As part of efforts to boost general application availability and in response to emerging regulatory requirements, even IT managers at companies with just two or three sites need storage solutions that allow them to remotely replicate a diverse array of data types," said Richard Villars, vice president of storage systems research at IDC. "Solutions like Overland Storage's Multi-SitePAC will make it possible for IT managers at large and medium sized businesses to centrally and cost -effectively manage the replication of important business data between multiple locations without requiring major changing in existing storage environments."
Unlike replication software, REO with Multi-SitePAC does not require customers to buy, install and maintain additional servers, software or licenses. In addition, centralised administration, throughput controls, automated storage provisioning and status management features simplify deployment and management, optimise the use of network bandwidth, and reduce the total cost of ownership for protecting remote backup data.
Key technology features of Multi-SitePAC include:
Virtual tape mirroring, for seamless integration with existing backup
software and systems, protecting current technology investments.
Dynamic Virtual Tape, which automatically allocates disk space to
match the backup job, eliminating the need to manually configure backup jobs while maximising disk space utilisation.
Centralised management console, for easy, intuitive deployment from
the central site, while removing non-IT staff from the backup process.
Compressed incremental backups using block protocol and throttle
control, which enables customers to protect more remote data with less bandwidth.
iSCSI connectivity from REO to REO for backup data protection over
Independent REO to backup server connectivity for added flexibility.
Our customers are struggling to manage the backup and recovery process at their remote locations, said Howie Evans, vice president, Dallas DigitalServices. What they need is a smart, centralised way to manage the backup process, without relying on the non-technical staff at these remote sites. Thats exactly what Overlands Multi-SitePAC software for the REO family offers. Not only is it a good fit for many of our customers, its a product were confident we can sell.