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Merced College Avoids Costly Disk-Backup Investment With Zetta.net

College Uses Zetta.net Integrated Backup, Disaster Recovery and Archiving to Protect Critical Server Data

Zetta.net, a provider of 3-in-1 online server backup solutions, today announced that Merced College has selected Zetta.net for critical server backup and disaster recovery. The community college has deployed Zetta.net DataProtect to speed data recovery when required while reducing the cost of campus-wide data protection.

California's Merced College serves more than 17,000 students with 500 faculty and adjunct professors, and another 200 staff members. The college's data center had rapidly grown to the point where its traditional tape-based system was no longer a viable option. With 65 virtual servers, another 30 physical servers and 24TB in SAN storage, a more reliable and economical backup and disaster recovery solution was needed.

“We were dealing with the highly manual and time consuming process of storing tapes and tapes that were aging out,” said Don Peterson, director of information technology, Merced College. “The system wasn’t meeting our needs, and traditional disk-to-disk systems required a large, outright investment that was simply beyond our budget. We soon began to evaluate our options for online backup.”

Peterson's IT staff initiated its evaluations with the goal of finding a secure, reliable and economical solution that would eliminate performance bottlenecks of working with tape. They also wanted the ability to go back at any point in time to recover files or restore machines that might go down.

Today, Merced College is using Zetta.net to achieve complete backup and disaster recovery for 80 percent of its live server data, including virtual machines, SQL and files. The college has eliminated having to purchase costly backup hardware and software, while eliminating the need to manage backup tapes. When restores are required, the college has confidence in knowing files can be recovered with ease.

“We're saving an enormous amount of time compared to our old system which required many hours to manage, and restoring data could take days,” said Arlis Brotner, network manager, Merced College. “With Zetta.net, there's very little to maintain and not only can we recover at any point in time, we have almost immediate access to files when needed. We're definitely getting a lot more value for much less cost.”

“Our customers have found that integrated 3-in-1 backup that includes online backup, disaster recovery and archiving is ideal for replacing tape-based systems or the heavy investment of disk-to-disk,” said Gary Sevounts, vice president of marketing, Zetta.net. “With Zetta.net they get the full functionality of backup, disaster recovery and archiving, all in one solution - an unparalleled value in today's market.”

To learn more, see the case study video: http://bit.ly/O9tQLO

About Zetta.net

Zetta.net is an award-winning provider of enterprise-grade online backup and disaster recovery solutions for small and mid-size enterprises. Zetta enables companies to simplify and automate backups and instantly recover data using just a Web browser. Advanced security, high redundancy and a high-performance architecture deliver true enterprise-grade data protection that scales to meet customers' business requirements.

With headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Zetta was established in 2008 by successful serial entrepreneurs and technology executives from companies such as Netscape, VeriSign, Symantec, EMC, and Shutterfly. For more information, visit www.zetta.net or www.facebook.com/zettastorage. Follow Zetta on Twitter at www.twitter.com/zettanet.

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