Imation Introducing DataGuard Secure Backup NAS for SMBs
With multiple levels of protection
Imation Corp. introduced purpose-built backup appliances
designed to enable SMBs to safeguard their information with multiple levels of
data protection from a single backup infrastructure.
The DataGuard Model R4 and DataGuard Model T5 appliances
utilize hard drives, removable RDX disk cartridges, replication and cloud
storage to deliver enterprise data protection at a price point that is
affordable for SMBs.
The introduction offers a solution for a common SMB
challenge when adding cloud capability as a new tier within a data protection
and backup strategy.
"Cloud is very compelling, but the initial data transfer to
a cloud service encounters very real limitations - large amounts of data and
limited bandwidth," said Ian Williams, vice president, Global Marketing and
Product Management, Imation. "This initial transfer - known as cloud seeding -
can take weeks over an Internet connection depending on the data footprint.
Imation's DataGuard appliances eliminate this issue, as customers can physically
transport an RDX cartridge to a cloud provider for initial seeding, and
integrated software manages periodic checks to ensure the cloud backup is
Imation's solution set, including a practical approach to a cloud tier for
backup, meets a demand among SMBs for an appliance that ensures data protection,
regulatory compliance and disaster recovery. Imation DataGuard solutions deliver
a NAS-based disk drive appliance with a combination of data security,
flexibility and simplicity.
Using DataGuard R4 or DataGuard T5R appliances,
SMBs benefit from:
Imation's DataGuard appliances are at the forefront of
addressing the major concerns that SMBs have about protecting their data, by
enabling users to take full advantage of the backup infrastructure they
currently have in place, Imation provides a media agnostic solution for users to
solve their backup challenges of today while acting as a bridge to protecting
and storing their data in the cloud tomorrow.
Enabling Cloud Storage
DataGuard R4 and DataGuard T5R
appliances are compatible with many cloud
storage APIs, including those from Amazon S3, Dropbox and OpenStack-based cloud
providers. Once a cloud backup is seeded by
shuttling RDX cartridges, DataGuard supports remote backups, and SMBs can
automate protection since backup to cloud storage is performed without human
intervention once it is initially configured.
"Many SMBs are intrigued by cloud
computing and understand the cost and operational efficiencies that cloud
storage can deliver, but struggle to incorporate cloud into their existing
backup infrastructure," said Bill Schilling, director, Scalable Storage
Marketing, Imation. "Imation's DataGuard solution offers a gateway to the cloud,
enabling SMBs to easily protect their valuable data."
Model R4 and DataGuard Model T5R are
available through BackupWorks.com.
BackupWorks.com is excited about the
addition of DataGuard appliances to Imation's scalable storage solutions the
DataGuard appliance is compelling because it allows users to backup data
on-premise today and will ultimately provide the ability to direct backups to
- SMBs can replicate data to a second DataGuard appliance at another site or
store offsite on RDX removable disks.
- Leveraging existing
investments - DataGuard appliances
integrate with existing backup and disaster recovery infrastructure,
including most backup applications.
- Reduced recovery time
- Onsite copies enable fast full restores to meet recovery time objectives
and offsite copies ensure quick disaster recovery.