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Company Spotlight Storage Guardian - Online Backup Spotlight Article

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Company Spotlight Storage Guardian

Cliff Boodoosingh on February 05, 2009
Most online backup solutions say that they are fast, flexible and easy. But Storage Guardian uses these words with extra precision and meaning:

Fast: Storage Guardian uses the most advanced data compression technology to securely 'shrink' your data *before* sending it to remote servers. This means backups are faster and use less bandwidth. Conversely, data recoveries are speedy.

Flexible: Storage Guardian is based on award-winning Asigra  Televaulting technology that can address the needs of any network topology and size. Only Storage Guardian can perform "bare metal restores" — restoring the operating system, applications, settings and data for an entire machine onto a new machine with different hardware than the original one.

Easy: initial set-up is straightforward. Software is installed on just one server. And that first (often rather large) backup can be performed to a local hard disk that is sent to Storage Guardian — convenient and efficient.

 Dave Minns, client services manager at Storage Guardian, has heard some pretty sad stories over the years — stories from business owners who have lost crucial, valuable data because they hadn't implemented a bullet-proof data backup strategy to protect that data. These stories are sad to him but to the people telling them they are hair-pullingly frustrating. Often, these businesses thought they had a viable backup plan but, over the years, it was outgrown by the volume and types of data.

 Most business are now totally dependent on their computers and the data that resides on them. "One major trend in small and midsized businesses in particular is that they're now using servers to manage email, contacts, directories and business-specific databases," says Minns. "To backup that data and — more importantly — to properly restore it, the backup system must be capable of accurately recreating the state of the server at the time of the disaster. None of the consumer-grade systems can do that."

 Cost reduction is another area where Storage Guardian leads the way. Until now, ‘highly available’ online backup has had a reputation for being beyond the reach of most SMBs, which led to many SMBs depending on risky onsite tape-based backup approaches or consumer-grade online backup. To address this, Storage Guardian offers a hybrid model whereby ‘highly available’ storage is blended with a tiered-storage approach that features intelligent backup lifecycle management. This can reduce the cost per stored gigabyte to around 60 cents.

 “What we see is that many SMBs have upwards of 80 GB of data that needs to be backed up, which means that it’s just not practical to use online backup solutions designed for consumers,” says Minns. “Our pricing model means that SMBs can now afford to make the jump to enterprise-grade online backup, and benefit from a backup system that is specifically geared to the unique needs of companies that use Exchange, Small Business Server, SharePoint Server, and Active Directory. We work directly with our clients and resellers to formulate a data retention strategy specific to their needs.”

 A no-cost 30-day trial is available here: http://www.storageguardian.com/free_trial.php.

A detailed list of features is available here: http://www.storageguardian.com/storage_guardian_features.php

 Storage Guardian: fast facts

With more than ten years of experience and hundreds of satisfied customers, Storage Guardian remote data backup service has established itself as a dependable provider of enterprise-grade online backup technology for smaller companies.

Storage Guardian delivers business continuity protection and information lifecycle management. Storage Guardian is used by small and midsize businesses, enterprises, and multiple-platform LAN computing environments that want to safeguard their critical business data in a secure, off-site location.

Its remote backup service is the culmination of a decade of intense research and software development and represents a superior alternative to tape-based data recovery systems. All Storage Guardian’s solutions are based on Televaulting technology from Asigra, a recognized leader in enterprise online backup. The company is also developing a select network of authorized VARs to service the off-site backup and fast data recovery needs of companies located throughout North America. http://www.storageguardian.com/.




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