Workstation Backup Appliance Dedupes for Under $900

Highly Reliable Systems, Reno NV announced that they are shipping a NAS with an integrated removable drive based on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008R2 Essentials. The “Workstation Backup Appliance” (WBA), has 2TB of deduped internal storage, along with Microsoft software to backup 25 Windows or Mac workstations. “Microsoft wrote the backup software for the WBA.” said Tom…

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RAIDPac sets world Record

Highly Reliable Systems has announced a high performance, high capacity backup system based on a RAID5 removable cartridge. Each removable “RAIDPac” used by the RAIDFrame enclosures holds up to 9 Terabytes (TB) of uncompressed data (15TB compressed) on a single volume, making it the world’s largest removable backup cartridge, according to the firm. The difference…

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Why Tape Backup Doesn’t Work for Data Storage

Through the course of a long career I have worked with many types of tape backup appliances, and consider myself a reasonably knowledgeable user of these systems. I have come to believe that tape does not belong in any serious backup strategy if any other data storage alternative can be found. Admittedly, in some cases the cost of tape per Gigabyte of storage can’t be beat, but the cost savings are often artificial when you consider the massive amount of human effort wasted struggling with a tape backup or restore that doesn’t work.

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