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UniTrends Unleashes Mass Replication

UniTrends Software Corp. says it's got a way for smaller companies to take advantage of server replication -- hitherto exclusively a high-end storage alternative (see Unitrends Launches DR Software).

The Myrtle Beach, S.C., company announced the availability of its Secure Data Sync software this week, claiming that it not only allows companies to back up their entire server farms, but that it also enables them to replicate all that data to a remote location for disaster protection.

While remote replication is nothing new, UniTrends says its software is cheaper than products that are already out there for disaster protection. Indeed, UniTrends is going after a growing number of smaller companies that are disenchanted with trucking tapes off to remote locations and are considering replication for the first time.

The customers are tired of carrying the tapes offsite,” says company founder and CTO Steve Schwartz. “With our software, the data is transported securely with encryption… They can do it over the Internet, a T1, T3, OC3, or whatever the organization has... This allows them to take a whole set of servers and mirror them to a master 2,000 miles away.”

The software is simply loaded onto UniTrends’ existing Data Protection Unit (DPU) appliance, which provides local disk- and tape-based backup, restore, and snapshot capabilities and works with over 20 different operating systems, according to the company. Each appliance can hook up to 10 servers.

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