Asigra, the technology specialists in distributed backup and recovery software for network computing, today announced Asigra Televaulting for Enterprises, a distributed backup solution that delivers centralised backup administration of remote site data islands. Televaulting for Enterprises also provides a new and unique pricing model that enables IT organisations to dramatically reduce the cost and management of backup across the WAN.

Asigra Televaulting for Enterprises was developed with a distributed backup software architecture and capacity-based pricing model, a first in the industry. This eliminates the data protection, performance, scalability and high license costs inherent in conventional tape-based backup software and agent-based licenses from Veritas, Legato/EMC and others.

Eran Farajun, Executive Vice President of Asigra, said: The traditional tape backup model was designed to protect information inside a corporate data centre and it works well within that limitation. However, todays distributed enterprises need a data protection solution that eliminates the technological limitations and outrageous agent-based licensing costs of stretching a single-site backup architecture into a multi-site environment. Asigra addresses this requirement by giving IT managers the best of both worlds: much lower operational costs with dramatically improved end-user service levels.

By adopting a capacity-based licensing model, Asigra eliminates the fees and management costs involved in installing and managing agents, dramatically reducing the cost of enterprise backup. Asigra Televaulting enables backup and recovery for distributed data as a utility service within an enterprise, and includes all the functions, budgetary controls, chargeback billing system, features and tools required. With Asigra software, the corporate IT department can effectively become an internal service provider, charging internal departments for capacity consumed so that IT becomes a profit centre instead of a cost centre.

Asigra combines the utility service provisioning approach with a disk-based agentless architecture to break the limitations of traditional distributed-backup technologies. Asigra Televaulting for Enterprises requires just one free software application to be installed on a Windows or Linux machine at each remote location. The Asigra customer pays only for the aggregate amount of compressed data across the enterprise network.

"The combination of agentless software and disk-based backup across a WAN attacks both the "hard" and "soft" costs associated with conventional tape backup, including software license fees, media and drive maintenance, offsite storage, and the staffing required to perform tape-based backup," said W. Curtis Preston, V.P. of Service Development, Glasshouse Technologies. "Organisations looking to lower software expenses should consider Asigra when evaluating data protection technologies for the distributed enterprise."

For organisations with medium to large geographically dispersed environments that comprise dozens of distributed sites, the backup load of hundreds of thousands/millions of files transmitting into a centralised server could choke conventional backup solutions. Asigra Televaulting for Enterprises is architected with grid-based performance and has capacity scaling for virtually unlimited data growth, allowing the software to support any backup load.

Asigra allows organisations to deploy distributed backup without changing their existing data centre backup infrastructure. At each remote site an Asigra Televaulting DS-Client discovers all servers, desktops and laptops connected to the local network, and automates the backup of all local data assets. Before the backup data set is transmitted to the corporate data centre, Asigra Televaulting software analyses the data, finds new and changed file blocks, eliminates duplicate files and further compresses the residue bytes to ensure the backup set is as compact as possible. The software then encrypts the data before sending it over an IP- WAN connection to a centralised Asigra Televaulting DS-System server, located in the corporate data centre, which consolidates the backup data from all distributed sites. That DS-System server is then protected just like any other server within the data centre as part of the organisations ongoing data protection policies. Moreover, the back-end DS-System server integrates directly with third-party ILM solutions from the major storage vendors.

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