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For Sale – Synology DS213j

For sale is a Synology NAS – the DS213j version.

Its around 3 years old and has been used as a backup solution to my main NAS. Probably switched on 2 or 3 times in a month.

Its glossy white so has faded a bit, but works perfectly and was running the latest version of DSM 6.something when I decommissioned a few months ago.

Its not the world’s fastest NAS, but is a fantastic entry level SYnology NAS (their OS is the best NAS OS imo).

Any questions please ask – photo attached, I don’t think I have the box, but it will packages safely.

Price and currency: 50
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Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Stafford
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For Sale – Synology DS213j

For sale is a Synology NAS – the DS213j version.

Its around 3 years old and has been used as a backup solution to my main NAS. Probably switched on 2 or 3 times in a month.

Its glossy white so has faded a bit, but works perfectly and was running the latest version of DSM 6.something when I decommissioned a few months ago.

Its not the world’s fastest NAS, but is a fantastic entry level SYnology NAS (their OS is the best NAS OS imo).

Any questions please ask – photo attached, I don’t think I have the box, but it will packages safely.

Price and currency: 50
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Stafford
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Synology DS213j

For sale is a Synology NAS – the DS213j version.

Its around 3 years old and has been used as a backup solution to my main NAS. Probably switched on 2 or 3 times in a month.

Its glossy white so has faded a bit, but works perfectly and was running the latest version of DSM 6.something when I decommissioned a few months ago.

Its not the world’s fastest NAS, but is a fantastic entry level SYnology NAS (their OS is the best NAS OS imo).

Any questions please ask – photo attached, I don’t think I have the box, but it will packages safely.

Price and currency: 50
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: Stafford
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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JetStream Data Protection safeguards data on the cloud

Cloud software development vendor JetStream Software is moving into backup with JetStream Data Protection, the newest member of its Cross-Cloud Data Management Platform.

JetStream Software is demonstrating its data protection software this week at VMworld. The application is in technology review and will enter beta in the fourth quarter of this year, with general availability scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

JetStream Data Protection protects VMware environments by using continuous data capture and continuous replication methods, rather than the more commonly used snapshot-based backups.

The other applications of JetStream Cross-Cloud Data Management Platform are JetStream Migrate and JetStream Accelerate. JetStream Migrate moves live enterprise virtual machines (VMs) and their workloads into the cloud, while JetStream Accelerate uses nonvolatile memory in a low-latency storage tier to increase storage and compute performance.

JetStream Data Protection captures data through the use of VMware vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO). It replicates that data to a low-latency log on an on-premises appliance before sending it through a crash-consistent data pipe to a cloud data center also running vSphere or a cloud-based object store.

The core technology in JetStream Data Protection is the I/O filter.

“It’s a way for a third-party technology to be integrated into the hypervisor to capture data as it moves between the virtual machine and the virtual disk,” said Rich Petersen, president and founder of JetStream Software, based in San Jose, Calif. “When you intercept data in this manner, it has much less impact on application performance than when creating a snapshot.”

Close connection with VMware

Only customers running VMware will be able to use JetStream Data Protection, as the company’s I/O filter is built on the vSphere-exclusive VAIO. According to Jeff Byrne, senior analyst and consultant at Taneja Group in Hopkinton, Mass., VAIO is unique.

“As far as I’m aware, VMware is the only vendor that has implemented I/O filters in user space in the hypervisor [ESXi] I/O stack,” he said. “Prior to VAIO, I/O filters were generally implemented in virtual appliances [that have access to I/O streams] or in the kernel itself. These approaches tended to be operationally complex to manage and, in the case of kernel deployment, risked introducing bugs or other instabilities.”

Byrne pointed out that many engineers and executives working at JetStream Software came from FlashSoft, a company that worked closely with VMware to develop I/O filters for caching and replication. JetStream used this familiarity and expertise to create JetStream Data Protection.

Still, Petersen said building software to take advantage of VAIO isn’t trivial. Any given on-premises environment could have hundreds or even thousands of VMs, and it’s difficult to handle the sheer volume of data going through the I/O filter. JetStream Data Protection handles that by replicating the data to a nonvolatile memory-based appliance.

“You have to have a highly scalable and very low-latency methodology for capturing it and replicating it somewhere else,” Petersen explained. “It really does produce a problem of a fire hose of data in the data center and a garden hose of connectivity onto the cloud, so you have to find a way to get around that. And the way we got around it is we took 50 garden hoses and strapped them together, basically.”

Screenshot of JetStream Data Protection
JetStream Data Protection’s user interface

Moving toward data management

Long term, where we see the company going is extending policy-based data management beyond just availability.
Rich Petersenpresident and founder, JetStream Software

While the individual products of the platform enable data resilience, data migration and I/O acceleration, Petersen stressed that the goal of the overall platform is ultimately data management.

“Long term, where we see the company going is extending policy-based data management beyond just availability,” he said. “We do believe because of our position in the hypervisor, where we are in the data I/O path, we can also help support policies for maintaining service-level agreements, identifying and moving data to best-execution venues, and ensuring compliance with respect to things like data sovereignty and regulatory compliance.”

Petersen said JetStream is looking for ways to bring the Cross-Cloud Data Management Platform to other hypervisors, such as Microsoft Hyper-V and KVM.

Like the vendor’s other products, JetStream Data Protection will be sold through enterprise technology resellers, cloud service providers and managed service providers.

HYCU moves beyond Nutanix backup with Google Cloud support

HYCU is now well-versed in the Google cloud.

HYCU, which began with a backup application built specifically for hyper-converged vendor Nutanix, today launched a service to back up data stored on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

HYCU sprung up in June 2017 as an application sold by Comtrade that offered native support for Nutanix AHV and Nutanix customers using VMware ESX hypervisors. The Comtrade Group spun off HYCU into a separate company in March 2018, with both the new company and the product under the HYCU brand.

Today, HYCU for Google became available through the GCP Marketplace. It is an independent product from HYCU for Nutanix, but there is a Nutanix angle to the Google backup: GCP is Nutanix’s partner for the hyper-converged vendor’s Xi public cloud services. HYCU CEO Simon Taylor said his team began working on Google backup around the time Nutanix revealed plans for Xi in mid-2017. HYCU beat Nutanix out of the gate, launching its Google service before any Nutanix Xi Cloud Services have become generally available.

“We believe Nutanix is the future of the data center, and we place our bets on them,” Taylor said. “Everyone’s been asking us, ‘Beyond Nutanix, where do you go from here?’ We started thinking of the concept of multi-cloud. We see people running fixed workloads on-prem, and if it’s dynamic, they’ll probably put it on a public cloud. And Google is the public cloud that’s near and dear to Nutanix’s heart.”

HYCU backup for GCP is integrated into Google Cloud Identity and Access Management, installs without agents and backs up data to Google Buckets. The HYCU service uses native GCP snapshots for backup and recovery.

Subbiah Sundaram, vice president of products at HYCU, based in Boston, said HYCU provides application- and clone-consistent backups, and it allows single-file recovery. Sundaram said because HYCU takes control of the snapshot, data transfers do not affect product systems.

Sundaram said HYCU for GCP was built for Google admins, rather than typical backup admins.

“When customers use the cloud, they think of it as buying a service, not running software. And that’s the experience we want them to have,” Sundaram said. “It’s completely managed by us. We create and provision the backup targets on Google and manage it for you.”

HYCU for GCP uses only GCP to stage backups, backing up data in different Google Cloud zones. Sundaram said HYCU may back up to clouds or on-premises targets in future releases, but the most common request from customers so far is to back up to other GCP zones.

HYCU charges for data protected, rather than total storage allocated for backup. For example, a customer allocating 100 GB to a virtual machine with 20 GB of data protected is charged for the 20 GB. List price for 100 GB of consumed virtual machine capacity starts at $12 per month, or 12 cents per gigabyte, for data backed up every 24 hours. The cost increases for more frequent backups. Customers are billed through the GCP Marketplace.

Industry analysts pointed out HYCU is a brand-new company in name only. Its Comtrade legacy gives HYCU 20-plus years of experience in data protection and monitoring, over 1,000 customers and hundreds of engineers. That can allow it to move faster than typical startups.

“They’re a startup that already has a ton of experience,” said Christophe Bertrand, senior data protection analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass. “When you’re a small organization, you have to make strategic calls on what to do next. So, now, they’re getting into Google Cloud, which is evolving to be more enterprise-friendly. Clearly, backup and recovery is one of the functions you need to get right for the enterprise. Combined with the way Nutanix supports Google, it’s a smart move for HYCU.”

Steven Hill, senior storage analyst for 451 Research, agreed that GCP support was a logical step for Nutanix-friendly HYCU.

We believe Nutanix is the future of the data center, and we place our bets on them.
Simon TaylorCEO, HYCU

“Nutanix partnering with Google is a good hybrid cloud play. So, theoretically, what you’re running on-prem runs exactly the same once it’s on Google Cloud,” he said. “HYCU comes in and says, ‘We can do data protection and backup and workload protection that just fits seamlessly in with all of this. Whether you’re on Google Cloud or whether you’re on Nutanix via AHV or Nutanix via ESX, it’s all the same to us.'”

Taylor said HYCU is positioned well for when Nutanix makes Xi available. Nutanix has said its first Xi Cloud Service will be disaster recovery. “We will be delivering for Xi,” Taylor said. “You can imagine that will require a much closer bridge between these two different products. Once Xi is available, we’ll be fast on their heels with a product that will support both purpose-built backup for Nutanix and purpose-built recovery for Xi in a highly integrated fashion.”

Although HYCU for GCP can protect data for non-Nutanix users, Taylor said HYCU remains as dedicated to building a business around Nutanix as ever. He emphasized that HYCU develops its software independently from Nutanix and Google, although he is determined to have a good working relationship with both.

“We believe data protection should be an extension of the platform it serves, not a stand-alone platform,” he said.

Still, Taylor flatly denied his goal is for HYCU to become part of Nutanix.

“Right now, we want to build a brand,” he said. “This is about building a business that matters, not about a quick exit.”

StorageCraft backup and object storage packaged for schools

StorageCraft is going to school.

The backup vendor has identified education as a prime market for the integration of StorageCraft backup and recovery software with the object storage it acquired from Exablox in 2017.

The vendor is bundling data protection with object storage in an entry-level package, called StorageCraft for Education. Like other vertical markets, schools today find their storage capacity stressed, as more information goes digital.

The package consists of two StorageCraft OneBlox appliances and StorageCraft backup software. One appliance can reside off premises, with replication between the two boxes.

Pricing starts at less than $38,000 for StorageCraft OneBlox 4312 appliances with 96 TB of raw storage capacity. The education bundle is also available on OneBlox 5210 appliances with 38 TB of raw all-flash capacity. The appliances include StorageCraft OneSystem software for managing and monitoring storage across sites.

StorageCraft ShadowProtect software handles the backup and remote replication for data stored on the OneBlox appliances.

The goal is to provide the basic components necessary for creating on-premises primary storage for a large amount of data, along with an off-site backup to protect it. StorageCraft backup also provides scalability. And the storage offers large capacity, while keeping costs down, as schools often lack the IT budgets of enterprises.

“Most of the learning within the educational system is rapidly transitioning from more of a textbook-based approach to a rich-media-based learning approach,” said Shridar Subramanian, vice president of marketing and product management at StorageCraft, based in Draper, Utah. “At higher education, rich media is being generated for research projects, as well.”

Subramanian succinctly summed up the problem: “Where do you store all of that?”

Most of the learning within the educational system is rapidly transitioning from more of a textbook-based approach to a rich-media-based learning approach. … Where do you store all of that?
Shridar Subramanianvice president of marketing and product management, StorageCraft

Many turn to the cloud for storing “all of that,” but Subramanian said the costs of retrieving data from cloud-based storage are up to 50% higher than owning StorageCraft appliances over a three-year period. Restoring a backup from the cloud versus an off-site appliance could also take longer.

Lee Berkowitz, IT and network manager at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, chose StorageCraft backup and storage after looking at products from Promise Technology, QNAP and RAID Inc.

“StorageCraft used object storage, was easily and rapidly expandable, and required no rebuilds in case of drive failure,” Berkowitz wrote in an email. “The additional fact that the units offered deduplication was a great bonus. We did have an instance when one of our units needed replacement from StorageCraft. In that case, the new unit was activated, with no loss of data or downtime.”

The education bundles are part of StorageCraft’s strategy to integrate its data management and backup software with Exablox’s object storage hardware.

“Our vision is to go after the midsize enterprise segment, as well as the SMB market space, and provide them with an integrated solution that not only manages all their data, but also protects it,” Subramanian said. “Thereby, customers don’t have to worry about stitching together different pieces of infrastructure or applications.”

Unitrends revamps enterprise backup solutions program in wake of merger

Enterprise backup solutions company Unitrends has revamped its partner program following its merger with Kaseya, a provider of management software for managed service providers.

The Kaseya-Unitrends merger, revealed in May, yielded a portfolio spanning remote monitoring and management, endpoint management, network monitoring and management, professional services automation, security, and enterprise backup solutions. According to Unitrends, which runs as an independent company inside Kaseya, the redesigned channel program aims to enhance partner benefits and support for legacy Unitrends partners, while tapping into the Kaseya MSP community.

The redesigned program also reflects the shift away from Unitrends’ previous volume-based channel strategy in which the vendor sought to “recruit a large number of partners, large and small, across various geographies,” said Dante Gordon, senior director of channel marketing at Unitrends, based in Burlington, Mass.

“It is not a volume play anymore. We are not looking at adding partners for the sake of adding numbers,” he added. “A key tenet of the program is ensuring that we are delivering one of the most profitable programs in our industry for partners, and one of the ways we do that is ensuring we are not saturating the market … and eroding margins.”

The Unitrends channel program now features a four-tiered membership structure of Authorized, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels, offering incremental discounts and incentives, among other benefits.

“What we have done with the new program is we have established partner segmentation and … tiers based on partners’ investment and commitment to building a practice around Unitrends,” Gordon said.

Program benefits include a proposal-based market development funds (MDF) program.

“Unlike a lot of vendors, we don’t allocate MDF based on a percent of bookings or revenue. … Any partner in our Gold and Platinum tiers has the ability to submit a proposal for MDF dollars that they want to apply to a particular marketing campaign.”

Unitrends’ partners can also tap a new cloud-based partner portal containing a library of marketing materials, such as packaged campaigns that partners can white label. Additionally, Unitrends said it will soon roll out a marketing automation service for email campaigns.

As for Kaseya MSP partners, Unitrends said it will extend Gold-level program benefits to Kaseya MSP partners for a limited time. Those benefits include access to MDF, dedicated channel managers and lead referrals.

Gordon said Kaseya MSP partners, which tend to target the small and medium-sized business space, are complementary to Unitrends’ midmarket focus. He noted that he also sees the merger as an opportunity for Unitrends’ traditional resellers to use Kaseya’s offerings to incorporate managed services into their businesses.

Other news

  • Winxnet Inc., an IT consulting and outsourcing firm based in Portland, Maine, has merged with K&R Network Solutions, a San Diego-based managed IT services provider. The companies said the combination will create a coast-to-coast MSP company. The deal follows a strategic alliance between the companies that was announced in January 2018. The Winxnet-K&R merger continues a trend of mergers and acquisitions in the IT services industry. Other recent transactions, such as the Green House Data merger with Infront Consulting Group Ltd., were also motivated by geographic reach.
  • In other financial news, Primepulse SE, an investment holding group based in Munich, has invested in Unify Square, a cloud managed services provider for Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. The funding round is roughly $10 million, according to Unify Square, which is based in Bellevue, Wash.
  • Tech Mahindra, a consulting and digital transformation services provider, is partnering with LIFARS LLC, a cybersecurity digital forensics and incident response The companies plan to combine Tech Mahindra’s security operations center offering with LIFARS incident response service for their customers.
  • SolarWinds MSP, an IT service management solution provider targeting service providers, unveiled MSP Institute, a training and tips playbook for MSPs. The playbook will include business, sales, marketing and technical tracks.

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For Sale – WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Nas Enclosure 4tb

Bought this to be a backup for my main NAS (Netgear RN524X) but it a bit overkill with the Netgear being bullet proof and a USB drive being enough for backup duties.

My Cloud EX2 Ultra, Network Attached Storage, NAS, Cloud Storage | Western Digital (WD)

Looking to pass on. Unfortunately the box has been thrown away, but I have enough packaging material to ensure safe transit.

Currently contains 2 x Western Digital WD20EZRX 2TB Internal Hard Drives

Looking for £220inc

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For Sale – WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Nas Enclosure 4tb

Bought this to be a backup for my main NAS (Netgear RN524X) but it a bit overkill with the Netgear being bullet proof and a USB drive being enough for backup duties.

My Cloud EX2 Ultra, Network Attached Storage, NAS, Cloud Storage | Western Digital (WD)

Looking to pass on. Unfortunately the box has been thrown away, but I have enough packaging material to ensure safe transit.

Currently contains 2 x Western Digital WD20EZRX 2TB Internal Hard Drives

Looking for £220inc

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What’s new with data protection systems? Everything

How did buying backup hardware get interesting again in this age of software-defined storage and the cloud?

Actually, it’s the software and the cloud that made data protection systems more interesting than they have been in years. The hardware hasn’t changed much since the early 2000s, when disk supplanted tape as the mainstream backup medium. Even the rise of flash in primary storage hasn’t changed the hard disk’s role in data protection systems.

But the game has changed for buying data protection systems, including the role of the hardware. Led by newcomers Cohesity and Rubrik, the targeted uses have expanded. Backup is now just a piece of secondary storage management, and the target includes the cloud as well as an on-premises disk appliance or library.

There’s a good chance your next backup hardware will come with backup software integrated instead of sold separately. That alone changes the buying dynamic. It may simplify the buying and integration processes, but it complicates the decision-making.

How we got here

Rubrik ($292 million in funding) and Cohesity ($160 million) have been the darlings of investors, and each claims it is raking in over $100 million in annual revenue after less than three years in the market. The storage establishment has also taken notice.

Following Cohesity and Rubrik‘s lead, backup vendors Dell EMC and Commvault have gone the integration route with their data protection systems. Backup software leader Veritas Technologies was already selling integrated systems, but is expanding beyond pure backup into data management. Where does that leave software-only vendors such as Veeam Software, which partners with backup hardware vendors but doesn’t sell in integrated appliance to compete with them? That was also Commvault’s situation until it began shipping converged appliances in late 2017.

There are fundamental differences in how vendors integrate software and the cloud on backup targets. That means comparison shopping isn’t always apples to apples.

The last time backup hardware buying went through this much change was during the early days of data deduplication around 2005. Startups such as Data Domain and Avamar (both now a part of Dell EMC) proved the value of shrinking the amount of data that had to be backed up, and the rest of the industry rushed to follow. That change helped make disk the dominant platform for backup.

Now, vendors are scrambling to replicate the integrated concept Rubrik and Cohesity began. Both vendors have roots in hyper-convergence pioneer Nutanix, and they call their technology hyper-converged secondary storage. Other vendors are picking up that term and expect the secondary market to undergo changes similar to what hyper-convergence put primary storage through.

Today’s backup choices

Backup targets are no longer always mere repositories that serve as insurance policies for backed-up data. They can often host platforms that combine backup, archiving, disaster recovery and copy data management. Besides those features, they must connect to the cloud and often manage data across clouds. They replace the need for separate backup software, because they work directly with applications, servers and hypervisors. They can scale up by adding nodes instead of forcing customers to buy a complete new library.

But you may not need that. A large enterprise might want the traditional disk backup library, especially if it already has a lot of critical data on it. And an organization that’s learned to trust its backup software might not want to trash it to use a Cohesity or Rubrik box with their software included. In other words, if you like your backup software, you should keep it. That might mean sticking with a traditional Dell EMC Data Domain-type data protection system as well.

But there are fundamental differences in how vendors integrate software and the cloud on backup targets. That means comparison shopping isn’t always apples to apples.

Choices of data protection systems include complete platforms like Cohesity, Commvault and Rubrik or systems that integrate the vendor’s backup software and don’t need separate media servers like Arcserve, Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliances, Unitrends or Veritas. When buying backup hardware, you must consider factors such as the size and capacity of the system; the way you manage, secure and upgrade it; and how it scales.

With secondary storage use cases blending and factors such as the cloud as a tier, the need to protect software-as-a-service apps through cloud-to-cloud backup and compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation becoming a reality, your next backup target will likely be significantly different from your last one.