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Simple Backup And Recovery From StorServer

StorServer Powered By Windows Backup Appliances will run on Microsoft's NAS operating system but focus on archiving, backup, and recovery only.

When crisis strikes, complexity may be the greatest enemy to timely backup and recovery. Since it's nearly impossible to find a shop without Windows in-house, a system based on the ubiquitous operating system could help to simplify the process from the start.

StorServer Inc. on Tuesday began shipping a backup-and-recovery appliance based on Windows Storage Server 2003. StorServer Powered By Windows Backup Appliances will run on Microsoft's network-attached storage operating system but focus on archiving, backup, and recovery only. It will work with 35 operating systems, including Linux and Unix.

The new StorServer appliance is priced from $15,000 to $120,000, depending on the capacity a customer needs, from 50 Gbytes to 10 terabytes. The vendor says the appliance can be up and running in 15 minutes, takes about a half-hour per day to manage, and meets any one- to four-hour backup window.

Analyst Mike Karp at Enterprise Management Associates thinks there's a good reason Microsoft views little StorServer as a high-level original equipment manufacturer: "It's a drop-in system conducting backup and recovery like a toaster on the table producing toast."

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