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Fujitsu's Softek Launches First Automated Windowless Backup & Recovery Solution

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Softek today announced availability of the first windowless backup and recovery solution for open systems and mainframe environments that operates across direct attached storage (DAS), network attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SAN).

The Softek Windowless Backup and Recovery Solution automates data storage management processes associated with traditional backup to eliminate an enterprises' backup window. This substantially improves the probability of achieving a 100-percent complete data recovery in the event of a system failure. A backup "window" is the period of time, typically ranging from one to eight hours, in which applications are unavailable because server and network resources need to be shut down to maintain the integrity and reliability of the backup.

The Softek Windowless Backup and Recovery Solution eliminates application downtime by establishing automated windowless backup processes in which an enterprises' existing backup software is integrated with Softek Storage Manager software, thereby establishing a true multi-vendor windowless backup for both SAN and DAS environments.

The Softek Solution operates across AIX, HP/UX, Solaris, Windows, and OS/390 operating systems and supports integration with the leading data management software vendors, including Veritas' Netbackup, Legato's Networker and IBM/Tivoli's TSM. Direct support is also provided for business critical applications, such as Oracle databases, Exchange Servers, and SQL Servers.

"Although the individual tools used to perform windowless backup and recovery have been around for many years, the added value delivered by the Softek solution greatly reduces adoption risk by automating the steps for successful backup and restore, along with easy-to-follow processes for solution planning, implementation and operation," said Nick Tabellion, chief technology officer at Softek.

"Our solution exposes, and now solves, one of the industry's 'dirty little secrets' that is now at crisis levels in the majority of enterprise data center environments: backups are either incomplete or are 'fuzzy' -- which puts accurate recoverability in question. Our approach leverages the power of Softek replication technology to make consistent backups with minimal down-time a reality, with processes that make it easy to plan, implement and operate."

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