SOURCE: Nexsan

November 28, 2007 16:16 ET

Nexsan Drives Tape From the Data Center

Florida's Northwest Regional Data Center Addresses Disaster Recovery With Nexsan's SATABeast Disk Storage Solution

THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - November 28, 2007) - As part of its next-generation disaster recovery and business continuity promise to its customers, Florida's Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC) has moved its 130TB of data from more than 70,000 physical tapes to the Nexsan SATABeast solution, Nexsan Technologies announced today.

This regional data center, based in Tallahassee, FL, is a self-funding auxiliary of Florida State University. It implemented the SATABeast solution through LH Computer Services of Coral Springs, FL. SATABeast provided a robust storage and backup solution for about 1/10th of the cost of comparable solutions, while offering 30% greater capacity. The Nexsan SATABeast solution also used 90% less floor space than the legacy automatic tape library (ATL) solution.

"The LH/Nexsan solution has wildly exceeded my expectations, both in terms of price and performance," said Mikal Haney, NWRDC's Software Support Manager. "I have never seen such a sophisticated storage solution that is as easy to use as Nexsan's SATABeast."

"This new solution is helping us take our business to a new level," said Dr. Victor Ferreros, Director of Marketing Development for NWRDC. "This is part of our strategic plan to transition NWRDC from a strict mainframe computing utility to a multi IT services organizations, which can serve the needs of our existing educational customers and our expanding new base of customers in business and government."

Additional highlights of the implementation include:

--  Storage of 130TB of data on SATABeast
--  Replication of more than 2TB of data each day to an offsite location
    via the dark fiber Florida Lambda Rail (FLR) network.
--  This data was previously stored on more than 70,000 tapes. The loss or
    damage of a single 900GB tape could affect as many as 10-15 customers
--  The entire system is housed in two racks condensed down from the 800
    square feet required by the legacy equipment. NWRDC benefitted from 30%
    greater capacity in 90% less floor space.
--  NWRDC serves approximately 80 customers. It was created by several
    research universities in FL and serves the education community as well as
    local and state government organizations.

"We knew the solution we developed, the heart of which was the Nexsan SATABeast, would meet and even exceed NWRDC's expectations," said Don Ferreri of LH Computer Services. "Not only does it meet the immediate need for disaster recovery and business continuity protection, but we designed it to be flexible and scalable to take advantage of the innovation still to come."

About Nexsan Inc.

Nexsan Inc. is the worldwide leader in secure and energy-efficient storage solutions. Nexsan delivers secure storage appliances and modular, high capacity disk storage systems for a broad range of applications including fixed content storage and archiving, compliance and litigation support, primary storage, disk-based backup, digital video security, medical imaging, email and rich media. With a complete line of storage solutions that offer exceptional price/performance, Nexsan is the choice of Fortune Global 500 companies, major governmental agencies, and leading organizations worldwide. For more information, please see the company's website at

About LH Computer Services

LH Computer Services is a reseller and integrator specializing in data storage and protection solutions. Established in 1991, the company has been providing world class storage solutions to its customer base for sixteen years. LH Computer's comprehensive solutions draw on the best-of-breed hardware and software from multiple manufacturers. LH Computer Services prides itself on building solid relationships with customers, and works to become invaluable to your organization. Whether the need is networked storage, tiered storage, data lifecycle management, backup/restore, disaster recovery, disaster prevention, or security, LH Computer Services is the reliable source for all of your data storage needs. For more information, visit or contact them at (954) 752-5805.

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