Associa revamps data storage management for virtual server environment

Headlines: Community management association firm switches to Pillar Data SAN, thin provisioning and QoS to cope with storage challenges after rapid growth and server virtualization project.

Storage channel news roundup for March 17 to March 23, 2011

Associa revamps data storage management for virtual server environment

Community association management company Associa required a significant data storage management overhaul to keep up with years of expansion and a move to a virtual server environment. Associa switched to Pillar Data storage, relying on its thin provisioning and quality of service to manage and monitor storage for more than 250 virtual servers and thousands of Exchange users.

Jon Krueger, Associa's director of IT infrastructure, said he switched from EMC Clariion SANs to Pillar's Axiom 600 Fibre Channel (FC) system last year to keep up with up to 30% storage growth per year.

Dallas-based Associa supports home owner associations that want to outsource services such as maintenance and financial management. Krueger said Associa has added more than 60 community associations over the last 15 years, putting it in a constant expansion mode.

Learn more about server virtualization in this expert video.

Spectra Logic adds data integrity verification to tape libraries

Spectra Logic introduced data integrity verification for its enterprise T-Series and small- to medium-sized business (SMB) T-Series tape libraries, a software enhancement that ensures data stored on tape remains authentic and the media on which the data resides is healthy during long-term archiving.

The data integrity verification functionality, which is built into Spectra Logic’s BlueScale 11.3 management software, is designed to ensure customers will be able to retrieve data years after storing it on tape.

Spectra’s data integrity verification is a three-step process: pre-scan, quick scan and post-scan.

Learn more about tape in this tip on LTO-5 tape technology.

Survey says cloud DR is viable, but security concerns linger

Nearly half of IT administrators said they consider cloud disaster recovery (DR) services a viable option for disaster recovery, although security remains the chief concern, according to a survey of 1,473 small- to medium-sized enterprise (SME) and enterprise IT professionals in the United States.

The survey conducted by high-availability software vendor Neverfail Ltd. found that 44% of respondents said they'd consider the cloud DR a viable option, while 30% said it is not, and 26% were unsure. More than one-third (34%) of those who don't consider it an option said lack of confidence in cloud security was the major concern.

Natural disasters receive a great deal of media attention and prompt people to pay attention to DR, but cause only a small number of IT outages. Hardware and software outages (43%) were said to be the main cause of service outages, followed by power and data center outages (35%), natural disasters (8%), and human error (6%).

Get advice on disaster recovery in this expert video.

Acronis offers new backup program for MSPs

Acronis announced that it will offer a monthly subscription-based licensing model for MSPs who want to include the Acronis Backup and Recovery 10 products in their managed services to their customers. The program is designed to be flexible and has a low entry cost, allowing partners to easily move licenses between customers. It also allows partners to get discounts on both license volume and the length of commitment.

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