Storage solutions provider Zetta.net has turned to the channel to distribute its DataProtect for NetApp, an offsite cloud backup solution for disaster recovery and archiving for environments that use NetApp storage solutions.
Leveraging the cloud, Zetta.net DataProtect does not require tapes, third-party software or a second set of NetApp storage systems, and the company said that it can be deployed and operational in less than 30 minutes.
“Zetta delivers an affordable enterprise-grade offsite backup and disaster recovery solution for organizations that don’t have budgets and resources for redundant NetApp storage systems, SnapMirror software, or another datacenter,” said Gary Sevounts, vice president of marketing at Zetta.net. “For organizations that rely today on tape and expensive backup software, Zetta helps to significantly reduce the cost and complexity, while improving RPO and RTO.”
The company is making the solution available only through its resellers and managed service provider channel partners initially.
“Zetta.net is providing its channel partners with a simple and affordable NetApp backup option, compared to costly hardware-based technologies that require duplicate hardware,” said Deni Connor, principal analyst, Storage Strategies NOW, in a statement. “Zetta.net removes the need for additional iron with lean, high-performance software, coupled with its Smart Cloud, offering enterprise-class backup without the high price tag. DataProtect for NetApp is a sleek solution for VARs and MSPs that promises to win more deals against comparable hardware-based alternatives.”
In terms of its architecture, the company said that its DataProtect for NetApp has three main differences from traditional backup. Open Replication allows users to browse backup files in the cloud prior to starting a recovery, for restoration at a more granular level. Users also have the flexibility to recover backup data to other servers, not just a NetApp. And, following the initial full backup, Zetta will detect what pieces of data have changed, then replicate those changes in the offsite backup copy, so there is always a current backup.
Users first must install a ZettaMirror agent on a separate desktop or server to act as a gateway to the NetApp. The ZettaMirror host uses a configuration file that defines the NetApp server address, login credentials and the data sources to back up. Once the host has been set up, te Zetta agent can start a job based on your backup schedule—it just triggers a NetApp snapshot which allows a consistent copy of your data to be backed up.
“The Zetta agent walks your directory tree, finds files that have changed and transmits the changed data offsite,” explained the company in its blog.
Once the transfer of data is complete, Zetta creates a snapshot of the file system in Zetta’s offsite datacenter.