Breece Hill, a leader in information storage and retrieval for small-to-medium size businesses (SMB) and workgroups, today announced expanded function and features for their award winning iStoRA integrated disk-to-disk-to-tape appliance. The iStoRA delivers the most efficient and feature rich approach to backup/recovery, data lifecycle management and archive functions for SMB value-added resellers (VARs). iStoRA speeds backup/ recovery and provides an ideal building block for storage and archive solutions for broadcast, entertainment, medical and print production companies.

SMBs are facing the same data growth and backup / recovery challenges as large enterprises with long backup windows and lengthy restore cycles, and the need to protect themselves from catastrophic data loss. But unlike larger enterprises, they dont have large IT staffs and easy, automated solutions for the SMB market havent been available. Most storage, backup/recovery and archive solutions require VARs to cobble together multiple products from multiple vendors they are really D2D without the server, tape or software.

iStorRAs integrated D2D2T appliance is perfectly packaged for quick integration were using iStoRA for most of our small to mid-sized customers, said Mark Tuggle of USI Corporation. The industry doesnt usually highlight the importance of tape for the SMB, but were using it more and more as integrated with the Breece Hill product.

Breece Hills next-generation iStoRA appliances are a one-stop installation for VARs. SMB customers want a solution that is automated and easy to use, and the iStoRA provides everything they need in a single solution. iStoRA allows customers to keep data within easy reach to protect information from catastrophic loss at a third of the price of other options. Even departments of larger enterprise customers can buy iStoRA directly without involving the IT staff.

The SMB market has embraced the concept of D2D2T technology for solving their long term data problems, but most solutions require far too much integration to make them work, said Mark Armstrong, Breece Hill Chief Executive Officer. Breece Hills next generation appliance addresses the heart of this problem, plus delivers additional storage, processing power and a growth path for the future.

iStoRA Next-Generation Appliances
Breece Hills iStoRA is the industrys only automated, complete and integrated D2D2T appliance for information storage and retrieval for small to medium sized businesses. The Company offers two versions, including:

iStoRA with Integrity designed specifically for backup/recovery and archive functions

iStoRA with XenData designed specifically for archive and compliance applications such as federal regulations or managing rich media content

The iStoRA appliances offer unique benefits:
Easy to install and maintain disk, tape, server, network connectivity and software for both backup / recovery or archive management in a single box

Advanced functionality for high availability and centralized backup procedures or rich-content archive management

One contact for support and service

Lower TCO Typical installation is 30% less than comparable D2D2T solutions

Technical features include:
33% more disk capacity up to 3.2TB

Latest tape technology LTO-3 and LTO-2 half high

WORM capability

Expanded Linux support

Optional model with Dual Xeon Processor for clients who need more CPU power for parallel processing

Integrated Expansion Units for more disk or tape library capacity

Improved appliance packaging for easier installation and maintenance

Management Interface for At-a-Glance view of system status

Support for VERITAS BackupExec or NetBackup, CommVault and Bakbone

Expansion units for more disk and tape capacity.

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