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Storage Clips: NearTek improves VTL management

NearTek enables physical tape creation while maintaining media catalogue consistency in latest version of its VTL.

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NearTek improves VTL management
Open systems virtual tape library (VTL) provider, NearTek Inc., has added several new features to its Virtual Storage Engine (VSE) 3.0 VTL appliance to improve management. VSE now maintains the backup media server's knowledge and control of the physical tape's location and status without affecting host or network performance. Data migration from virtual tape to physical tape is accomplished via an "on-board" media agent (another backup license) to eliminate any potential burden to backup servers during the migration process and achieve optimal performance, the company said. Copies of virtual media to physical media as well as ejection management are handled by the backup application. Data recovery occurs without the need for VSE. NearTek has also added hardware-assisted compression, remote vaulting over IP and encryption the VSE 3.0.

Biotech firm replaces tape with Asigra
Biotechnology company Morphotek Inc. uses Asigra's software for disaster recovery and business continuity through outsourcer Recovery Networks, the companies announced. The Recovery Networks service uses Asigra Televaulting software, rebranded as Recovery Networks BackupNet software to do data backup and recovery via the Internet. Morphotek also uses Asigra's WAN optimization features such as file deduplication, incremental backups and compression. Data is encrypted in-flight.

Tacit and Softricity partner on WAN optimization
WAN optimization provider Tacit Networks, and desktop virtualization and application management startup Softricity announced that they have certified a joint product that gives branch office users access to centralized, consolidated Windows application repositories via the WAN at LAN speeds. This offering combines the Softricity Desktop, which turns Windows applications into centrally managed virtualized services that are securely delivered to desktops, laptops and servers on demand, with Tacit Networks' Ishared application acceleration. Tacit Networks and Softricity have also agreed to joint sales and marketing, cooperative support and certified interoperability.

SafeData partners with EVault
Remote backup outsourcer SafeData LLC announced it will use EVault Inc.'s Internet-based backup software as part of its SafeData disaster recovery service. When clients suffer data loss or disaster, EVault automatically sends the client's data to SafeData's Medford, Mass., data center where the data are loaded onto a secure server. The clients are then able to immediately access their data through a virtual private networkuntil their own servers are operational again.

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