SOURCE: Availl

March 20, 2006 09:20 ET

Accretive Solutions Consolidates 10-City Remote Office Continuous Backup Using Availl CDP

Real-Time Backup of Critical Operations Without Remote IT Staff; Instant Failover/Failback and Restores Assure Uptime, Business Continuity

ANDOVER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2006 -- Availl Inc., a leading provider of real-time data and storage software, announced that its customer Accretive Solutions has vastly streamlined remote office backup operations using a 10-city deployment of real-time continuous data protection (CDP) software from Availl. Spanning the U.S. from California to Texas to its Hauppauge NY headquarters, Accretive's Availl CDP deployment assures true continuous protection at critical remote operations -- without impact on bandwidth, or a need for remote site IT staff.

With analysts predicting that 80 percent of all backup will take place on disk by 2009 and that CDP functionality is the clear direction of the future(1), Accretive's Availl CDP deployment illustrates the business value behind one of the storage industry's fastest growing sectors. Accretive's deployment also illustrates the specific issues of remote office continuous backup consolidation across large geographic distances -- and Availl software's ability to lower IT costs and assure business continuity.

As the leading privately owned professional services firm in the U.S. for accounting, finance and information technology, Accretive has nearly 1000 employees across 10 regional offices. Each office stores client financials and other sensitive audit and corporate governance data in hundreds of thousands of files on Microsoft Windows servers at each site site. Data must be accurate to the latest instant of any changes and continuously backed up.

However most Accretive remote offices have no IT staff for handling tape backup or storage hardware. While remote offices have sufficient bandwidth for WAN access, they cannot support the demands of traditional CDP solutions that transfer the data size of an actual change. Inefficient backup transfers had relegated backup to a nighttime-only function -- creating a "backup window" where changes since the last backup are lost in an outage.

Saved Hundreds of Thousands in IT Staffing, Costs

"To us continuous backup is a requirement for doing business, but with remote offices we needed an approach that worked swiftly across a WAN without Fibre Channel connections or local IT staff," said Jeff Prevet, network manager at Accretive Solutions. "We also didn't have the budget for a costly system, nor the tolerance for new and unproven products."

"Accretive deployed Availl CDP system in the fall of 2005. The software worked so well out of the box -- with absolutely no impact to WAN performance at remote sites -- that we checked to make sure it was operational," Prevet said. Offices in California, Texas, and Washington, D.C. consolidate remote office backup to Accretive's data center in Hauppauge, NY. Availl CDP allows true continuous data protection -- meaning changes saved at any instant in time, not simply at predesignated points in time where a backup window would exist.

"We estimate that our Availl continuous backup system saved us well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars -- with full ROI payback in only a few months from IT staffing we otherwise would have needed at every site," Prevet said. "We also avoided costly bandwidth upgrades to our WAN lines and the hardware that other CDP solutions would require."

"We have made Availl our corporate standard for remote office backup. Avail's software lets us assure the integrity of our data at any instant, while avoiding the need to send IT staff out in the field to deploy hardware or change tape backups," he said.

The Availl software provides Accretive with unique instant failover and failback features. If any Accretive server or the network fails, users transparently fail-over to any other office server. All changes made to files while using a failover system automatically mirror back to the original once the problem is resolved. Availl's patent pending approach sends only byte-level changes across the network. This technology eliminates 95% or more of the network bandwidth. As a software-only product, Availl deploys swiftly onto existing servers, without costly appliances or any added hardware resources.

"Availl does another thing we really love -- they respond instantly every time we call with a question. In today's era of 'take a number' support hotlines we feel Availl is truly a partner to us responding to our needs," Prevet said.

About Availl

Founded in 2002, Availl provides Continuous Data Protection (CDP) software and Wide Area File System (WAFS) solutions for enterprises of all sizes. Availl CDP supports true real time consolidated backup for file Servers and hot databases at any distance. It ensures true instant restore performance of disk-based backup and seamless transparent failover/failback. If a failover occurs, the automatic process of redirecting users back to the primary system after the failure is resolved is seamless -- since any changes made while at the failover site automatically failback as well.

Availl core real time technology for WAFS and CDP ensures that files exist in many remote locations simultaneously, and in complete synchronization with full version and file lock coherence -- no matter where changes are made. Availl's products are built on unique real-time technology for efficient multi-directional mirroring, rapid data caching and extreme data reduction, with guaranteed real-time file coherence between remote sites. It creates a unified file system at any distance via LAN, VPN, or web (http crossing firewalls).

Headquartered in Andover, MA, Availl is privately held and has been consistently profitable for over 2 years. Its large customer base includes major engineering design firms, financial service institutions, and many of the largest worldwide manufacturers among the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit

(1) Gartner, "Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Recovery/Backup," July 22, 2005.

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