SunGard Secure2Disk’s Online Backup/Recovery Services Helps Improve Operational Availability

Provides multiple generations of an enterprise’s backed-up data on an onsite SunGard appliance

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Protecting business information from routine incidents (such as hardware and power outages, viruses, accidental deletions, and application failures) and ensuring that information is available despite natural disasters is a continuous challenge for IT organizations. Secure2Disk from SunGard Availability Services delivers a new disk-based online backup and recovery solution for organizations looking to improve the reliability of both operational backup and off-site recovery of their IT systems.

SunGard’s Secure2Disk solution helps organizations upgrade their tape-based backup systems for their servers, virtual machines, databases, e-mail applications, and storage devices with an online service that provides multiple generations of their backed-up information on an onsite SunGard appliance. The SunGard appliance can be used to help ensure operational resilience and as an online and off-site vault to protect vital information. Secure2Disk can help organizations recover more data, more quickly, with the increased data reliability and security of leveraging a disk-based backup and recovery capability at a cost comparable to tape.

“Companies are experiencing compound annual storage growth rates of 30 to 35 percent and this is pressuring IT organizations to improve information availability,” says John Lindeman, vice president of product management at SunGard Availability Services. “With Secure2Disk, customer data is routinely routed to a secure, off-site SunGard recovery facility, having data accessible at a second site is an information availability best practice.”

Before the data is transmitted to SunGard, Secure2Disk “de-duplicates” the data to reduce network bandwidth and storage consumption, and encrypts the information before it leaves the customer’s data center to help ensure security. Only the customer has access to its information. Customers can monitor the status of the Secure2Disk environment and restore any files around the clock.

Secure2Disk Service includes a SunGard managed appliance connected directly to a customer’s network and backs up Microsoft Windows, Linux, UNIX, and IBM iSeries environments with no specialized technical skills needed. It permits organizations to respond quickly to operational outages restoring data from multiple sources -- disks that are on site and disks that are online and off site at a SunGard recovery center. Secure2Disk also provides a second off-site backup vault at a second SunGard recovery center that protects the primary backup copy.

When the customer also contracts with SunGard for recovery services, customer information is available for restoration to the SunGard recovery environment in the event of a disaster, test, or system outage. This approach makes periodic testing and recovery achievable in hours instead of days by eliminating the lead times associated with tape.

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