CMS ABSplus for notebook and desktop is an automatic backup, external drive storage available in USB2 (480Mbps TR) and FireWire (400Mbps TR) versions. Version 4.2 has auto-synch and scheduling, boot capability and rescue disk. Autolaunch commences backup when the PC is plugged in or powered up and, after initial the backup, only changes new files. It supports Win95B/98/2000/NT4/XP, Mac OS8.6, 9.x, OSX and Linux as external storage only.
Cost: Portable model starts from $750 for 20GB, and $1,770 for 60GB; desktop units range from $750 (40GB) to $1,260 (120GB).
Elantra: (02) 9994 8044.
FalconStor's NIC Express Standard Editions provide advanced failover and load balancing functionality for any server or workstation on the network. NIC Express intelligently re-routes data traffic to another network interface card in the event that a fault is detected in the path of the primary NIC. NIC Express also offers load balancing of traffic across an array of two or more network connections to boost bandwidth.
Cost: $980 (ex GST).
Distributor: Infotronics Software (03) 9798 4071.
BrightStor AB Disaster Recovery Option provides small-to-medium businesses with a quick and simple restoration of a downed server, without the need for re-installing the operating system or BrightStor ARCserve Backup from a remote location. Solutions are available for Windows, NetWare and Linux. BrightStor Enterprise Backup delivers high-performance data protection for enterprise Windows NT/2000 and Unix environments, via an easy-to-use GUI. It protects file systems on virtually every platform through backup agents for Windows NT/2000, all major Unix derivatives including Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, TRU64, SGI IRIX and SCO UnixWare, NetWare, and major Linux distributions such as Red Hat, SuSE and Caldera.
Cost: Disaster Recovery Option Workgroup/Advanced edition starts from $US695; Enterprise Backup from $US4,995.
Distributors: Express Data, Tech Pacific, Ingram Micro, ACA Pacific, Lynx Technologies.
Computer Associates: 1800 999 985.
EMC's TimeFinder software enables customers to create local replicas of production information in a Symmetrix storage system. They can perform application testing, quick and frequent backups, and load or update data warehouses with production data, without disrupting the network or application. TimeFinder simultaneously supports Mainframe, and most Unix, Windows, Linux and AS/400 systems.
Distributors: Fujitsu, Dimension Data, Tripoint, SecureData.
NSI's Double-Take provides real-time and open file data protection, reducing downtime for Windows NT and 2000 networks. It allows backup in a many-to-one situation with real-time failover solutions and supports 2000/NT/Terminal Server/SQL/Exchange/MS Cluster and Solaris.
Cost: Windows Server edition, $4,436 (ex GST); Windows Advanced Server, $7,991.
Distributor: New Wave Technology (02) 9817 2333.
Legato NetWorker software automates backup and recovery operations across Unix, Windows, Linux and NetWare platforms in DAS, NAS and SAN storage environments. Using one application, companies can protect their business-critical information across a heterogeneous enterprise, resulting in lower downtime costs, less management overhead and greater ROI of storage resources.
Target market: From workgroup to enterprise-wide.
Quantum's just-released Guardian 4400 is a dedicated storage appliance designed for easy deployment. Designed to replace the Snap Server 4100, it provides cost-effective workgroup file sharing, delivers hot-swappable disk drives, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and Snapshot technology - features usually found in more expensive solutions. It comes in 640GB and 480GB capacities and allows server emulation with Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, AppleShare 6.0, NFS 3.0, DHCP.
Distributors: Lan 1 and ACA Pacific.
Quantum: 1800 999 285.