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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Traditional tape-based backup just wasn't cutting it at The Steamship Authority, the Woods Hole, MA-based agency that runs ferries between mainland Massachusetts and Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Even though it was successfully backing up its 20 or so Windows servers, it still wasn't doing anything about backing up end-user PCs. Systems analyst Curt Van Riper knew that ignoring end-user PCs was against the rules at a state agency. But adding PCs to their existing backup process also wasn't an option. Using Veritas Backup Exec to back up its servers to a Quantum 1500 tape library equipped with two SDLT drives, Van Riper was seeing backup times of about nine hours--still within their backup window. Adding PCs to that mix would have extended the backup windows into working hours. In the course of their research, he happened upon information from Irvine, CA-based Avamar about its disk-based backup appliance Axion. "The more we heard about it, the more interested we got," Van Riper says. Axion, which uses a data reduction technique called commonality factoring... Access >>>

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