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AppAssure Replayâ€™s continuous data protection allows Architecture Firm to restore critical data in less than 10 minutes after switching from Backup Exec.
Reston, VA, Sept 05, 2011 –/BackupReview.info/– AppAssure Software, a leading developer of innovative backup and disaster recovery software products for mission-critical Windows application servers, today announced that Pryor & Morrow Architects, an architecture firm with more than 300 years of combined experience in the fields of architectural design, engineering, interior design, and construction, switched from Symantec Backup Exec to AppAssureâ€™s award-winning Replay 4 backup and recovery solution. With Replayâ€™s continuous data protection capabilities, Pryor & Morrow Architects is reported to have restored critical data in less than 10 minutes while making sure business emails and data are continuously updated.
With 30 staff members in the two locations, Pryor & Morrowâ€™s data protection needs are as crucial as with any large company. â€œOn our servers are mission critical job folders, marketing information, archived correspondence, and layered presentation boards,â€ notes Kevin Burchfield, landscape architect at Pryor & Morrow and sole IT staff. â€œOur work and data change literally from hour to hour, sometimes minute to minute.â€
These data change needs left Pryor & Morrow extremely vulnerable because, as Burchfield experienced, its backup and disaster recovery software wasnâ€™t doing the work he needed it to do. â€œWe were using Backup Exec with a tape or Dellâ€™s RD 1000,â€ he explains. â€œEvery day, six days a week weâ€™d do an incremental backup at the end of the day with new and changed information. Then on the seventh day, Iâ€™d do a full backup of everything. And each day Iâ€™d take the tapes home. If someone were working on a presentation board in Photoshop or something with lots of layers, and then accidentally saved over it, or if it had crashed, the entire data set would be impossible to get back.â€
After nine years of struggling through this insufficient process, Burchfield began to research the key items that he needed for backup and disaster recovery, including continuous protection, fast item level recovery, email backup protection, and ease of use. â€œInitially we thought about updating our Backup Exec,â€ says Burchfield. â€œBut Iâ€™ve not at all been impressed by Symantec products. Backup Exec is just huge and a robber, taking a lot of resources on the server. Itâ€™s also expensive.â€
As Burchfield says, Pryor & Morrow needed something cost-effective, robust, and at the same time right-sized to its environment. They have found this in AppAssureâ€™s Replay, says Burchfield.
â€œI did the research and I told the partners this is what I like and what we need,â€ explains Burchfield. â€œI told them that Replay doesnâ€™t hog the resources that Backup Exec does on the server, and doesnâ€™t give you lots of stuff you donâ€™t need. I also told them the price, and they said, â€˜Letâ€™s go with it!â€™â€
According to Burchfield, Replay has given him the ability to set the number of snapshots and the time interval according to Pryor & Morrowâ€™s data needs. â€œWeâ€™ve set them at 15-minute intervals,â€ he says. â€œThis way we can easily recover the changed data we need, or those emails that were accidentally deleted, if necessary. Just yesterday someone saved over a critical presentation board. Two minutes later I was able to retrieve it. This couldnâ€™t have happened before Replay.â€
â€œI can really rely on this software,â€ says Burchfield, summing up. â€œBackup Exec was just so complicated, but with Replay, everything is clear and easy. I donâ€™t worry as much anymore.â€
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