Real-World Cloud Computing
Construction Company Makes Zetta Data Protect Its Home in the Clouds
Skender Construction finds the reliability, ease of use and cost savings of the Zetta Cloud Storage Service
By: Georgiana Comsa
Aug. 30, 2011 11:30 AM
Robert Bogucki, IT manager at Skender Construction, researched multiple solutions when he started the disaster recovery project at Skender. Then he found Zetta. Zetta has a much more reasonable cost model with no charge for the ZettaMirror agent software, no matter how many copies are installed. Skender Construction's almost four terabytes of data are now backed up in the cloud with Zetta Data ProtectTM.
"Cost was an important factor, and paying $1.40 to $1.60 per gigabyte just didn't make sense after finding Zetta," said Bogucki. He installed the lightweight ZettaMirrorTM agent on two local backup servers, as well as the file server, to create and maintain nightly offsite copies of the locally backed-up data. "Zetta was up and replicating in a matter of minutes," said Bogucki. "It was very simple to implement and use."
ZettaMirror runs on a prescheduled or on-demand basis and securely pushes changes, at the subfile level, from the local system up to the Zetta Storage Service. The files are recreated in file system format, exactly mirroring the local storage environment. Data is stored in an encrypted format and protected against multiple failures for complete safety and security. Files on Zetta are directly mountable and accessible over the Internet either through a browser or through direct server mount points, so "restore time" can be as fast as a file system mount.
Skender also runs ZettaMirror against the corporate file server, creating nightly offsite copies of all of the changes to the departmental file shares including Word, Excel and PDF files. With the automatic snapshots on the Zetta storage service, past versions of end user files can now also be easily accessed or recovered over the Internet.
"I log in about once every couple of weeks to check on things, and so far, everything's working as promised. Customer support has been outstanding, too," said Bogucki. "I'm confident we can now recover from anything."
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