AppAssure's Replay Outperforms Backup Exec at a Fraction of the Cost

Top Quote Award-winning backup and recovery software Replay helps IT Solutions Provider ensure data protection for its customers. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 26, 2010 - Reston, VA - AppAssure Software, Inc., a provider of innovative Windows server backup and disaster recovery software, announced today that its flagship backup and recovery product, Replay 4, has helped Houston's Discovery Consulting and Computer Services ensure data protection for its customers while providing 50% cost reduction and 33% of the staff resource time.

    As Senior Network Engineer at Discovery Consulting and Computer Services, Ryan Drouet has seen just about everything there is to see as far as backup and disaster recovery scenarios go. Hurricanes. Complete server failures. Few options for smaller companies. "Over the last 15 years or so, the operating systems have become very reliant on the hardware they were built on, and because small or medium-sized businesses can't cluster, they're really stuck when it comes to intelligent backups and disaster recovery solutions. Many businesses I deal with don't have what they really need - a heterogeneous recovery solution that lets them recover wherever and whenever. That was, until I found AppAssure."

    Prior to Replay, Drouet was using Symantec's Backup Exec, which continuously had problems. As Drouet explains, one very important client lost their total array and kept getting blue screened during the Backup Exec recovery process. Even Symantec's support team had trouble resolving the issue. That's when Drouet realized he needed a more effective backup and disaster recovery solution for his clients.

    "With Backup Exec, it took me 30 hours from start to finish to get my client's server working right, for which I had to bill the customer. Naturally, he wasn't happy, but neither was I. I was on site for 20 straight hours and it was grueling. Finally, we ended up just doing the bare minimum of one backup a night, because nothing else was working right with Symantec."

    Then one of Drouet's clients - a construction company who just couldn't afford to have down time or server disruption or loss of data due to the complex nature of their work - asked him to look into AppAssure's Replay. The client liked the ability to do more than one backup a day and didn't have to shut down production to do it. Drouet watched the video and did the demo, and immediately realized he'd found exactly what he was looking for: a modern backup and disaster recovery solution at the right price point for his clients.

    Because time is always money for Drouet and his clients, he makes sure he walks them through the RTO and RPO issues when developing backup and disaster recovery plans. "I expect a lot out of my solutions. I think granular recovery and restore anywhere should be basic no-brainers. But being able to have a dev environment that smoothly runs along your production environment seamlessly taking snapshots is great. This saves the clients real money. Period. I make sure clients understand the real costs of deploying Replay measured against Backup Exec."

    Deployment: "I can quote out Replay at about 1/3 the time for deployment. I just did a quote for 30 hours with Backup Exec, and used a full 25 of those hours. Right after that, I did a quote with Replay for a client. 10 hours total."

    Maintenance: "I just did budget for one of my clients and in 2007, they paid more than three times in maintenance compared to what they now pay for Replay."

    Drouet encourages clients to consider Replay as insurance. "You've got insurance on your car, house, and health. Replay allows you to insure your data and business continuity with confidence. This is insurance for your operations side and I can ballpark how quickly it will take to get you running again and how much money it will save you if something goes wrong."

    Now, he's making his customers happy by saving them time and money. "I tell my clients, get AppAssure's Replay," says Drouet, "and here's what I can do for you:

    - Complete recovery from a server failure or total site disaster in just minutes
    - Continuous protection through incremental snapshots throughout the day
    - You can access applications (including e-mail) during a live recovery
    - Reduce your disk space with built-in data de-duplication and compression
    - Allows for recovery or messages, files, databases, storage groups or the entire server from bare-metal in just a few clicks
    - Realistic disaster recovery planning that protects business continuity when your physical environment is at risk. "

    Drouet always recommends Replay for his small and mid-sized clients, noting, "This is how a modern backup and disaster recovery solution should be done."

    Companies can download a free 14-day trial of the award-winning Replay 4 at

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