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Redstor supports local school for international choir competition

Mar 20th, 2018

Redstor is sponsoring backpacks for the choir of Laerskool Kruinsig in Kempton Park who will be competing in the World Choir Games taking place in Tshwane later this year.

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Redstor eager to tap into Cloud Summit

Jan 22nd, 2018

There is an air of expectation within the South African and African market whenever the subject of cloud service and migration is raised. Companies sense the heightened level of activity around cloud-related products, services and solutions.

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Elvey Security Technologies migrates to Redstor

Jan 16th, 2018

African electronic security equipment distributor adopts Redstor platform for all its backup and business continuity requirements.

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Redstor successfully delivers Hill Dickinson with Scalable Cloud Backup for over 150TB

Dec 14th, 2017

Since working with Redstor, there has been a huge transformation to the way Hill Dickinson stores data.

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Redstor’s take on cloud archiving vs tape archiving

Nov 27th, 2017

Data management and specifically data archiving is critical to businesses in their quest to gain better control over their IT environments. There are two distinct ways to do this: tape archiving or cloud archiving, and the latter is gaining more prominence says Redstor, an international data management and security specialist firm.

The company defines data archiving as the process of both identifying and moving inactive data out of live systems and into specialised long-term archival storage systems.

Redstor says that with the advent of cloud solutions, this technology is beginning to serve as a dynamic form of data archiving.

Danie Marais, Director of Product Management at Redstor says, “Cloud-based archiving services provide a data storage environment optimized for archiving data while remaining secure and compliant with data protection laws (assuming you pick the right vendor).”

However, like all technology, there are advantages and disadvantages to any solution that is implemented, or technology approach adopted.

Redstor points out tape archiving has for many years been considered to be a cost-effective way to ensure that data is managed effectively (certainly compared to the cost of running disk), and the reality was that there was no viable alternative.

Other advantages associated with this format was that it did not have power and cooling requirements and could be kept in an office environment, this compared to other storage media gave lower costs.

As more data was written to a tape archive and more media used, the relative cost per GB decreased; tape archiving could also be written off as an investment over a period as the cost of tape drives, libraries and archive software was spread over a larger volume of data and usually for a period of long-retention.

Furthermore, tape archives were relatively easy to scale as data volumes increased. Tape (especially LTO) has continued to scale to meet those demands, LTO-7 cartridges can hold near 15TB per cartridge, assuming a 2.5:1 compression rate.

Rapid cloud cover

Redstor describes the speed at which cloud technologies are developing as astonishing and says IT professionals now widely accept and use cloud platforms and services.

The company adds that cloud solutions can provide an effortless way to centralise data management and do not require additional hardware.

“Geographical redundancy is one of the reasons organisations are beginning to favour cloud archiving solutions. Cloud archive services are able to hold multiple copies of data in diverse locations, mitigating the risk of data loss from technology failures, this reassures organisations if anything were to happen to their main site,” says Marais.

In addition to this, cloud archiving solutions have intelligence behind them that enables firms to extract value from their data.

Data is typically indexed at ingestion into cloud archive services, providing rich search capabilities; this allows firms to easily search for files and folders when they are required.

According to Redstor, when it comes to implementing archiving solutions, tape archiving is becoming less favoured.

“Cloud archiving technology eliminates the challenge of having to replace tape media on a regular basis. This is especially problematic for organisations with large data sets as it translates to a much greater cost – by implementing a cloud archiving solution the firm does not have this worry anymore as it becomes the cloud archiving providers problem,” Marais adds.

Tape archiving solutions may have to be maintained beyond end-of-life supplier support, which can significantly add to costs and the overall total cost of ownership (TCO) of an archive solution.

However, with cloud archiving solutions this problem does not exist as support tends to always be included in the cost associated with the contract.

Redstor is an established provider of cutting-edge data management and security solutions and services.

For example, Redstor Pro’s Data Management Platform features an integrated archiving solution which delivers simple to manage, highly scalable archiving that ensures data remains extremely easy to access whilst freeing up expensive primary storage.

Users of the service avoid the need to archive data to unreliable tape or add more expensive tier one storage due to data growth.

Automated data protection? Absolutely critical says Redstor

Nov 22nd, 2017

Data theft has become automated, widespread and easy – and the situation calls for technology on the same level and just as effective.

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IoT offers benefit – but what about security?

Oct 26th, 2017

The internet is under threat from evolving cyber threats and IoT security is of growing concern to the market.

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Redstor transforms backup operations of TCTA

Sep 26th, 2017

Provides government body with cost-effective and reliable backup and business continuity solution.

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How to plan for a cybercrime attack

Sep 5th, 2017

Cyber-crime is on the rise, and given the growing use of technology and the growing volumes of data organisations and individual users face, it is no surprise.

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POPI adds a new dimension to personal data protection in SA

Aug 14th, 2017

There is no denying that South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act has altered the scope of data protection, management and governance in South Africa.

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About Redstor
For 20 years, Redstor has been the data management & security company of choice for organisations looking for a trusted advisor to manage and secure their data.  This experience, shaped by our community, creates the world-class software underpinning our cloud data management and security platform. Incorporating backup, DR and archiving and soon to include data access and insight, Redstor enables clients to manage, control and secure their data, all within a single console. We are the people behind the cloud….we pride ourselves on the fact that we are a company built and managed by people, for people, giving our customers control over their most valuable asset…their data.
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