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ETI-NET to provide backup that’s more secure, faster and better integrated with BackBox Virtual Tape Controller
In a time when social distancing has become an art form as we have become well-versed in changing direction whenever we step outside in order to maintain separation how many of us know, with absolute precision, what six feet (1.8 meters) looks like? With social distancing that comes from working remotely as we took up residency in front of home office desks – who could have guessed we would become this productive? Perhaps with some initial reluctance, but then again, who really misses commuting? Who really misses “dressing up?”
Here at ETI-NET we will continue to work from our home offices for the foreseeable future. There are no plans as yet for us to return to the office during the next two to four weeks. We are absolutely committed to ensuring all of our teams remain safe and virus free even as we continue to work on a practical return plan. “But for now, there’s no rush,” said ETI-NET COO, Sylvain Tétreault. “ETI is working well as of right now with everyone working from home and we have been able to provide support for customers no matter where they are located around the globe.”
Like every member of the NonStop community, practicing social distancing comes with a downside. We miss opportunities to meet with you all that we have taken for granted so many times – the Regional User Group (RUG) and Geo events have always been a bright spot on our calendar and like you all, we watch the published NonStop event calendar with the hope that such events will return in the near future. HPE Discover 2020 has gone virtual and while this will work well for HPE, there is still no substitute among NonStop community members for time spent together.
As of right now, ETI development is working on a new security feature. “Security is always a priority for our BackBox (BB) customers whether their plans call for deploying BB or virtualized BB (vBB),” said Tétreault. “Our largest customers are always looking for assurance that with each release of BB additional steps have been taken to ensure that the highest levels of security are maintained. Following their requests we are working in adding this new security feature to BB and vBB.” At the last major NonStop event many of us attended, the 2019 NonStop Technical Boot Camp, ETI revealed that we were “now an OEM partner of Quest for their QoreStore product line and see it providing value to all of our NonStop customers.” According to Tétreault, “ETI will be leveraging the QoreStor product offering from Quest, QoreStor, where it is anticipated that our customers will be able to improve backup efficiency , reduced storage requirements and costs through content-aware, variable block deduplication, and replicate faster and safer to DR site for disaster recovery and access the cloud for data archiving.”
All about this new partnership with Quest and of the product ETI is leveraging, QoreStor, was announced in an article first published in the October 2019 issue of NonStop Insider – ETI-NET – Looking ahead to the upcoming 2019 NonStop Technical Boot Camp! However, during this time when we are all practicing social distancing ETI from undertook a project to better integrate the user interface (UI) of QoreStor. “From the same UI we use to configure the BB Virtual Tape Controller (VTC),” said Tétreault, “you will be able to configure the QoreStor.” Given how QoreSore is a “software-defined cloud storage, deduplication and replication” product offering designed to safely and more speedily exploit capabilities within the cloud, making it simple to configure will help eliminate configuration errors for NonStop users making it easier to support and not necessitate additional training. “One interface for VTC and QoreStor; simplicity in execution where there will be no need to manually enter complex paths or any other mandatory information required of QoreStor,” said Tétreault. Beta testing of the new UI will begin shortly.
Should you be interested in knowing more about the work we are doing in support of security and an integrated UI, and about the Beta testing as it happens, give us a call or simply email us – we would be happy to talk with you any time. And stay safe; maintain separation let’s get through this pandemic together!
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