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May 07, 2010
Highly Reliable Systems Provide Secure Backup for Companies

(Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)

At Interop this year, TMCnet had the opportunity to speak with a number of key industry players, including Darren McBride, CEO Highly Reliable Systems (News - Alert). McBride visited the TMCnet media booth for an interview captured on video.

One key brand for Highly Reliable Systems is its website: www.tapesucks.com. The name of this website this refers to the cumbersome experiences many have had in trying to back up their networks with tape; many have moved to hard drive backup and Internet back up to get away from tape.

Highly Reliable Systems set up their book among security providers, prompting a question about how the company fits in security. This year, security experts visited with the company and noted that many sales were going to governments or other entities that were very nervous about their data and backup processes. They realized this backup process was part of protecting data and the company.

"Most of our backup product line includes hard drives that are enclosed in aluminum trays that can be swapped in an out every day," said McBride. "Our primary products are 3.5 inch hard drives" and they make sense in terms of dollars.

This latest product allows customers to put in 2.5 inch hard drives in the aluminum case. Clients can actually put two terabits of data in the case, protecting the information with the aluminum outer shell.

The benefit of reducing form factor is the changing market. If you are looking at cost per terabit, probably cannot justify the cost. SSD drives are coming out in 2.5 inch form factor, however, and for those who want to back up to SSD, this enclosure makes sense. As drives get smaller and smaller, the fully enclosed tray allows them to use drives for backup.

How has industry changed? A lot more competition with Internet based backup or cloud storage is emerging. The cloud storage price per GB is coming down, posing a significant threat. However, users cannot send a terabit of data overnight, so larger data customers need a solution such as those offered by Highly Reliable Systems. In addition, many companies are still concerned with backing up over Internet, creating an opportunity in the market.

For more on Highly Reliable Systems and what the future of cloud means for the company, check out this video in full.


Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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