STORServer Hybrid Backup Appliances Reaches into Customers' Systems

STORServer, a provider of data backup solutions for the mid-market, has launched a new Hybrid Appliance (HA), designed to use qualified, customer-supplied hardware to provide a fully integrated STORServer solution. The HA is built by taking STORServer’s software bundle and integrating it with customers’ own hardware, and enables data backup across multiple platforms and locations, including virtual machines and local and remote devices and supports most operating systems, applications and database technologies. STORServer’s user interface, STORServer Console (SSC), enables daily management across the enterprise from a single location. 

The Hybrid Appliance approach is targeted at customers who want to protect their environment more efficiently with their existing hardware, according to Bill Smoldt, president of STORServer. STORServer will take the customer’s hardware and build the system for them by adding Tivoli Storage Manager and all of its components, STORServer Console, and any other required software integration, he notes.

It is still STORServer’s preference to supply the whole solution and that has been a central part of the appliance model, Smoldt tells 5 Minute Briefing.  But now to accommodate customers that want to take advantage of hardware they have in-house and are wiling to do more of their own maintenance work, the new hybrid option has also been launched.  “It is still a great solution in that we take care of any of the issues going on with the backups.”

Each HA provides a disk-to-disk-to-disaster recovery copy to disk, tape, cloud or a STORServer Appliance and uses Enterprise or Basic IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software (except with the STORServer Instant Restore Appliance). STORServer’s support provides a single point of contact for warranty and support of all software-related concerns.

Built on TSM, STORServer offers a complete suite of enterprise backup appliances, software and services that solve backup, archive and disaster recovery challenges. For more information on HA and STORServer’s line of data backup solutions, visit