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Independent Test Report Shows Adaptec NAS Storage Ideal for Low Cost Data Replication

  • 22 June, 2007 12:56

<p>Snap EDR Software Provides High Speed Backup and Replication of Data over a WAN</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – 21 June 2007 - Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT), a global leader in storage solutions today announced the results of independent testing of the company’s Snap Server network attached storage (NAS) hardware combined with Snap Enterprise Data Replicator (Snap EDR) software which showed it ideal for economical remote backup and replication of data for distributed enterprises.</p>
<p>In a March 2007 report, Enex TestLab found that by using two or more of the Adaptec Snap Server family of NAS systems together with the optional Snap EDR software, data could be transferred over a WAN between devices at near network speed and that a savings of up to 90 percent could be made in bandwidth usage.</p>
<p>Since mid 2006, all Snap Server storage systems from Adaptec are supplied with a common operating system known as GuardianOS. From the low cost entry level systems including the Snap Server 110, 210 and 410 which are ideal for remote offices or retail locations to the scalable, higher end Snap Server 650 and 520 models perfect for the central office, all Snap Servers can now perform a variety of data management tasks. These tasks include the management of all Snap Servers on the Wide Area Network (WAN), support for both block (iSCSI) and file (NAS) data types and full data replication and disaster recovery support with the SnapEDR option.</p>
<p>The Enex TestLab set up a low end Snap Server 210 at a remote location that replicated data back to a Snap Server 650 in a central location to test its distributed NAS capabilities. The larger Snap Server 650 was set up as the Snap EDR Console and the smaller Snap Server 210 as the Snap EDR Agent. They were connected via a 512kilobit/sec WAN. In the first stage of the test the Snap Server 210 was loaded with around 2GB of test data and the Snap EDR software was used to replicate the data in various test scenarios to the Snap Server 650. Testing showed data transferred at just under 477 kb/s with a bandwidth saving of 20 percent using compression.</p>
<p>In the second test, a percentage of the data was changed and only the changed data was sent to the other Snap Server. Tests showed that out of 54MB of changed Microsoft Office files, the incremental replication was only 31MB, when compressed this dropped to a mere 2.5MB, a savings of 92 percent in bandwidth usage.</p>
<p>Commenting on behalf of the Enex TestLab, managing director Steven Turvey said, “Overall Enex TestLab was very impressed with the Snap EDR software. It is extremely easy to setup and use. Replication works well on even the smaller appliance without compromise and is practical and secure enough to be used in a WAN environment. The on-the-fly compression exceeds that of PC file compression software, particularly when dealing with Microsoft Office environments.”</p>
<p>“These results show that even small businesses can afford to deploy a Disaster Recovery strategy that previously was only available to enterprise users. It is now within both the budget and capability of small businesses,” said Demetri Christodoulou, country manager Australian &amp; NZ, Adaptec Australia. ”Ideally businesses with branches could use inexpensive Snap Servers remotely, replicating data overnight to central office with a larger Snap Server. These tests show that a standard 512kb/s internet connection is most suitable for replication.”</p>
<p>Adaptec also points out that the Snap EDR software can also be used to solve a myriad of business problems, such as consolidating data from remote locations into a central file and distribute data such as price lists from the central office to remote locations, automatic archiving of remote files, policy based management of files and protection, and archiving of data with Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) functionality. A wide variety of operating systems are supported.</p>
<p>Pricing for the Snap Server 210 starts at $2,152 including GST, the Snap Server 650 at $28,396 including GST. Snap EDR software is included in every Snap Server on a 45 day trial basis. A Workgroup license for Snap EDR starts at $659 including GST.</p>
<p>About Adaptec</p>
<p>Adaptec, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADPT) provides trusted storage solutions that reliably move, manage, and protect critical data and digital content. Adaptec’s software and hardware-based solutions are delivered through leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and channel partners to provide storage connectivity, data protection, and networked storage to enterprises, government organisations, medium and small businesses worldwide. More information is available at</p>
<p>Adaptec and Snap Server are registered trademarks in the United States and other countries. Other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922</p>
<p>Demetri Christodoulou
Adaptec Australia
+61 2 9503 1555</p>
<p>Steven Turvey
Enex TestLab
+61 3 9436 7454 (Ext 103)</p>

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