NetWorld+Interop - Enhanced Backup Solutions Initiative launched

In an effort to improve data backup techniques for storage customers, representatives for Quantum on Wednesday announced the formation of the EBSI (Enhanced Backup Solutions Initiative) at the NetWorld+Interop 2002 trade show in Las Vegas.

With an initial membership roster made up of Atempo Inc., Legato Systems Inc., Network Appliance Inc., Veritas Software Corp., QLogic Corp., and OTG Software Inc., the purpose of the EBSI is to "provide some thought leadership around the future of backup," said Rob Pickell, the vice president of marketing for Quantum, based in Milpitas, Calif.

The EBSI's members represent the full range of storage technology markets including disk and tape storage, NAS (network attached storage), SAN (storage area networks), switching, and storage software.

But unlike other storage industry groups such as SNIA (Storage Networking Industry Association) that focus of vendor-to-vendor interoperability issues, EBSI will be more an avenue for end-users, Pickell said.

"One of the things that we think is really different about this initiative versus other industry initiatives that are taking place is that it's really being driven by end-user market input," Pickell said.

The EBSI's efforts will revolve around repairing what end-users have identified as "crack in the armor" of current backup technology. According to Pickell, three primary backup issues top the concerns of end-users: meeting backup time schedules, confidence in the completeness of a backup routine, and the time in which it takes to restore data.

Through a number of future sessions and tutorials, the EBSI hopes to assist customers in solving their backup problems on a budget that preserves existing storage infrastructure investments, Pickell said.

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