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CDP + Replication = DR

Companies are increasingly finding a combination of continuous data protection (CDP) and replication can make for a solid disaster recovery plan. (See Insider: Trio Takes DR to Next Level.)

Just ask two customers who've adopted "CDP-plus" to streamline their applications:

TNCI is a Boston-based voice and data telecommunications firm that set up twin 1-TByte EqualLogic IP SANs onsite and offsite last July to replicate applications for disaster recovery. (See Mimosa Powers TNCI.) The firm quickly got its financial applications up and replicating -- but email was another matter.

Network administrator Michael DiBenedetto wanted a way to do more than replicate email. He needed to manage, archive, and protect his Exchange store for disaster recovery. He found a way to do it with Mimosa System's NearPoint, which uses continuous data protection (CDP) and single-instance storage to manage and archive Exchange for rapid recovery. (See Mimosa Expands Data Management .)

NearPoint lets TNCI recover individual mailboxes, emails, or a full database in case of disaster or a mere user error. DiBenedetto says it also reduces his recovery point objective from 24 hours to minutes. It also eliminates .PST files, uploading email files directly into its archive. TNCI replicates the Mimosa repository offsite for full Exchange DR.

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