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eSilo Simplifies Cloud-based Disaster Recovery

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Backup and recovery vendor eSilo is readying a disaster recovery product that's designed to provide extremely fast performance while safeguarding enterprise-wide data in the cloud by incrementally backing up distributed data.

As more businesses move to the cloud, many firms have identified backup and restore as a critical service.

Dubbed SiloSphere, eSilo’s product has been optimized for handling global backup and disaster recovery for cloud computing environments, according eSilo officials.

SiloSphere separates management of data, metadata and revision control, enabling the software to easily accommodate additional storage nodes -- what eSilo calls "SiloNodes" -- anywhere globally.

"Fundamentally, our technology is based on metadata," Jerry Jeffries, CEO of eSilo, told InternetNews.com. Particularly with cloud installations, data could be stored anywhere so the product is highly distributed.

Despite its distributed nature, however, SiloSphere features a centralized management interface that enables administrators to deal with a single "cohesive" backup and recovery system that can scale to multi-petabytes, according to an eSilo statement.

One of the keys to the system's performance is the ability to perform deduplication on a global basis. Also, SiloSphere uses a proprietary reduplication process that rehydrates data on the restore target instead of on the archive server, which streamlines recovery times.

Additionally, a feature the company calls Backive Online Backup and Archive Storage stores all backed up data in an online archive, which allows users to search on the datasets without having to perform a recovery operation first.

Further, SiloSphere backs up and restores incrementally, helping to speed processes.

The company is pitching SiloSphere to managed service providers (MSPs) as a way to provide their customers with global backup and disaster recovery services.

SiloSphere is currently in beta, and will be released by the end of this quarter, Jeffries said.

Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing writer at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.

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