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Cristalink Releases New Firestreamer Software Utility

posted by Darren McLaws @ 4:07 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Many businesses and individuals have made the transition from tape drives to other (newer) systems of data storage and backup. It is not as though the need for tape is no longer there as it definitely is. Tape is still a cheaper form of backup, especially if you are already using a tape based system. Upgrading to a newer system means completely throwing out your old tape-based systems and purchasing brand new disk or hard drive systems that are quite costly. However, many looking to backup data, especially video data, might prefer the option of being able to back it up on devices other than tape.

Firestreamer is a good software that has been around for a while that makes your desired storage device appear as a regular tape drive to other applications running on your computer so that you can use the powerful Windows Backup Utility (NTBackup) to backup and restore your files and folders to and from your device.

The latest version of the software (Firestreamer Virtual Tape Library 4.0) was just released and is available for a free 30 day trial download on Cristalink’s site.

They say that it is completely redesigned from the older version and can support up to 8 virtual tape libraries with up to 255 tape drives and 60,000 storage slots per library. How it works is that it seemlessly integrates with the existing tape-based backup software and enables it to access a wide range of non-tape based storage media. This obviously makes it possible for long-term and off-site retention of data without the need for tape drives.

With the new version, there is a wide range of supported storage mediums including:

  • files on any accessible storage devices
  • SAN
  • NAS
  • external hard disk drives (HDD)
  • RDX removable disks
  • Blu-ray
  • Iomega REV
  • HD DVD
  • DVD, and more.

They boast that Firestreamer operates on all 32 and 64 bit editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and is compatible with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager.

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