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NAS vendor ioSafe plunges into disk-based backup

NAS vendor ioSafe puts together BDR 515 disk backup hardware using Western Digital drives and StorageCraft SPX software. The product is part of an appliance-based strategy.

Ruggedized NAS and DAS hardware specialist ioSafe Inc. has cobbled together a disk-based backup and recovery target using Western Digital Corp. hard drives and StorageCraft backup software.

The vendor formally unveiled ioSafe BDR 515 this month for small and medium-sized businesses. BDR 515 is a tower chassis that has qualified Western Digital Red HDDs and scales from 5 TB to 30 TB. The appliance includes 16 GB of RAM, two Gigabit Ethernet ports and an Intel i5 processor. Windows Server R2 operating system software and StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX backup storage software come pre-installed on the device.

The BDR 515 is ioSafe's first dedicated appliance for backup and data recovery. Started in 2004, ioSafe, based in Auburn, Calif., sells storage hardware engineered to withstand fire and flooding. The vendor claimed its equipment can withstand temperatures up to 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit and submersion in up to 10 feet of water for three days.

The BDR chassis houses drives in a watertight aluminum extrusion that is surrounded by twin die casts used as a heat sink.

"The traditional method of [manual] backup is shifting to a more virtualized, automated model, where an appliance does everything," said Jeremy Zuber, senior manager of product marketing at ioSafe. "The BDR 515 is part of this newer backup technology strategy."

StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX software can back up Windows and Linux machines, virtual machines and workstations. SPX includes image-based backup using snapshots, and replicates data between BDR 515 devices and the ioSafe Cloud data center. A feature known as StorageCraft HeadStart Restore pre-stages image restores on a standby volume for quick reboot.

Zuber said customers can purchase BDR 515 in 5 TB, 10 TB, 20 TB and 30 TB capacities. Customers have the option to purchase unlimited StorageCraft licenses from ioSafe for a monthly fee.

The vendor's SMB-focused storage hardware includes ioSafe 1515+ NAS, with five drive slots and the two-drive-slot ioSafe 214 NAS. Both ioSafe NAS systems run Synology DiskStation Manager operating software. In addition, ioSafe sells ruggedized hard drives for consumer use and home-based business storage.

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