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High-Rely NetSwap Mini+E Backup NAS Debuts

January 23rd, 2015 by

High-Rely NetSwap Mini+E Backup NAS Debuts

New High-Rely NetSwap Mini+E Backup NAS Offers Versatile Replication Options

2-Bay NetSwap Mini Backup NAS

High-Rely 2-Bay NetSwap Mini Backup NAS

RENO, NV – 23 JAN 2015 – Highly Reliable Systems, Inc., the innovative American-made backup and disaster recovery hardware experts, today announced immediate availability for their state-of-the-art 2-bay NetSwap Mini+E backup NAS server appliance, which includes versatile replication, two highly-removable drive trays, and hardware-based encryption.

The High-Rely NetSwap Mini+E NAS is a purpose-built backup appliance that comes equipped with a powerful 3.4 GHz Intel Core i3-4130 processor, capable of block-level AES-256 data encryption. All NetSwap Mini backup NAS appliances offer Gigabit Ethernet network attachment, which supports CIFS network shares, NFS Linux/Unix/Vmware shares, or iSCSI block level drive access that allows backup speeds of 300 Gigabytes/Hr. This enables NetSwap Mini to transfer at 75% the speed of a locally attached SATA drive, thus minimizing downtime and restoring productivity.

NetSwap Mini backup appliances are superior to consumer NAS products, especially when SATA hard disk drives will be repeatedly removed and replaced into the system. Two durable drive bays deliver daily hot-swap capability for rotating 3.5″ High-Rely Classic or 2.5″ MPac media, which are rated for thousands of removal cycles and can be configured as a mirrored RAID-1 array or combined JBOD set with up to 12TB of storage capacity. All models feature an ultra-fast internal SSD, which boots the Linux O/S on NetSwap Mini and enables instant-on functionality.

Integrated Watchdog circuitry monitors each Backup NAS for even higher reliability, notifying administrators when a alert occurs. High-Rely’s knowledgeable U.S.-based support team is available for help requests, and a large collection of technical guides are published for self-service tasks. Each NetSwap backup NAS may be paired with an optional dynamic support contract for up to 3 years, adding advance replacement service on hardware components and covering shipping costs to and from the High-Rely service center.

High-Rely NetSwap Mini backup NAS appliances are immediately available through partner resellers, starting at only $999. Please visit https://www.high-rely.com/channel-partner-reseller-application/ to become a reseller.

In addition to the NetSwap appliance family, Highly Reliable Systems also offers a wide range of network-attached and direct-attached replicating storage solutions. Please visit https://www.high-rely.com for detailed information on our full NAS/DAS product line.

About Highly Reliable Systems, Inc.

Highly Reliable Systems, Inc. is a talented group of engineers, technicians, and backup experts based in Reno, Nevada, USA, providing solutions since 2003. High-Rely™ manufactures American-made backup and disaster recovery solutions utilizing removable disks and RAID enclosures. Design your own backup and disaster recovery policy using our hardware paired with any backup and virtualization software you choose.

Available through a large reseller network, RAIDFrame™ and NetSwap BDR solutions are cost effective, reliable, and perfect in most any environment – especially where Cloud backup is not practical. High-Rely backup solutions deliver unmatched storage capacity featuring Speed Seed technology, replication, and data encryption.

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Olin Coles
Technical Marketing Director
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Cloud Backup Calculator: Why Local Data Matters

January 23rd, 2015 by

The Internet is filled with Clouds, so shouldn’t your data be indoors?Replication3.2

Not that long ago Derry Bryson, the senior software engineer at Highly Reliable Systems, offered users access to his Incremental Backup Calculator. It became an indispensable tool for estimating the size of data that changes for each days’ backup, which ideally would be stored to an attached backup appliance and then replicated up to the Cloud. Unfortunately, far too many people take a shortcut and store directly to the Cloud, not realizing just how long it will take them to upload that data, risking a failed backup routine that could prevent disaster recovery.

The High-Rely Cloud Backup Calculator estimates your backup data upload time to the Cloud, assuming your connection to the Internet will be the primary bottleneck. To use the Cloud Backup Calculator, input the size of data to be uploaded then choose the bandwidth of your connection in the upstream direction (note that your connection may be asymmetrical). Theoretically, all locally stored backup data will be saved and retrieved much faster than files sent to the Cloud.

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A Better BDR: Back-up to 18TB RAIDPacsThis tool will deliver your upload time estimate, which should then be compared to local storage using the Incremental Backup Calculator. Backing-up to a local seed disk can be up to 1000x faster than the Cloud – and local restore is about 300x faster. If you’re in the business of servicing clients, this becomes an important statistics to remember for when a server goes down.

Example: How long do you guess it would take to upload 100-Gigabytes of data if your customer had a fairly typical 3Mbps download/768Kbps upload DSL connection speed? According to the calculator the FASTEST you could ever experience would be over 15 days! In reality you should assume 50-70% of this number (that means at least a 30%-50% reduction) for real world connection overhead. Often times administrators will set up bandwidth throttling to upload at night or to restrict connectivity so that users can get access during the day, so your actual upload may take longer.

These are all smart reasons for why you should store your backup data locally, and save the Cloud strategy for a rainy day. See how High-Rely can solve your problems here.

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