As more information technology managers pursue Cloud-based computing models, there is a growing demand for offsite back-up of both traditional and virtualized data stores. EMC Avamar dramatically reduces the bandwidth demands associated with replication of back-up data between sites, enabling managed service providers to address the back-up window timing requirements of their customers. At the same time, highly reliable recoveries from disk are achieved, giving users confidence in their ability to rapidly restore data and meet individual compliance requirements.
Bill Crank, CEO of Blue Diamond Solutions, stated: "Most of our customers are in the mid-tier, with multiple terabytes of data. We've found there aren't a lot of solutions for them that are both effective and cost efficient. We're typically taking them away from a tape-based scenario, where some actually know that they can't effectively recover their data. We've partnered with EMC to provide our infrastructure, and with EMC's assistance we've created an offsite back-up scenario that is easy for our channel to sell and simple for our customers to use."
Deployment of Avamar at a Blue Diamond Solutions customer site is straightforward. Avamar is installed at the customer site and the replication of backups to an Avamar Data Store grid at Blue Diamond's data centre hub is initiated. BDS uses EMC Data Protection Advisor as a reporting and chargeback tool, enabling a "pay-as-you-grow" model for customers.
"The Cloud hosting and managed service provider market and the continued explosion of server virtualization are opportunities for Avamar back-up software to help accelerate the adoption of next generation back-up and recovery", stated Rob Emsley, Senior Director of Product Marketing for EMC's Backup Recovery Systems division. "Blue Diamond Solutions is leveraging a suite of progressive technologies and expertise to deliver an IT-as-a-service model that gives small and mid-sized and companies access to enterprise style infrastructure and capabilities they might not have the resources to achieve themselves."