BRU Server From TOLIS Group Extends Proven BRU Data Protection Technology to Linux in the Enterprise

Posted by dave on May 11, 2004 5:38 AM EDT
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Robust D2D support, data protection on intermittently attached systems and "Synchronization Module" are key deliverables

TOLIS Group Inc., developer of the ultra-reliable BRU(TM) brand of data protection solutions, today announces BRU Server(TM) for Linux, a client/server-based data backup and recovery solution that delivers robust data protection services across the enterprise -- all while making system administration easier.

BRU was the first, non-development Linux end-user application released in 1994 at Linux kernel 0.99pl12. BRU Server for Linux is an extension of BRU's long-standing Linux data protection heritage and supports organizations of any size. BRU Server for Linux shares a common foundation with BRU Server for Mac OS X that is already supporting client/server computing on Mac systems worldwide.

"As Linux is being scaled into support of the enterprise, we have also scaled our proven BRU technology," said Tim Jones, president of TOLIS Group. "Data protection within large organizations has evolved beyond simply moving data back and forth, and BRU Server for Linux delivers the functionality needed to protect the critical information across an enterprise today."

The volume of enterprise data is exploding, and the time available to protect it, the "backup window," is fast shrinking. The combination of BRU's low overhead/high throughput, writing to interim disk (D2D), and BRU's industry-unique ability to verify backups without continued access to the original data delivers the industry's shortest 100% data-verified backup window.

BRU Server for Linux provides robust support of D2D (Disk-to-Disk), D2T (Disk-to-Tape) and D2D2T (Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape) backup strategies. BRU Server's disk stage can be RAID- or JBOD-configured (Just a Bunch of Disks), "stacked" to receive parallel client system backup streams to further enhance performance and each backup to disk can be fully verified for accuracy in an out-of-band operation.

Mobile systems, such as today's powerful laptops, are increasingly replacing client systems that have typically been hard-wired into the network. Reliance on the mobile system's owner to assure their data is backed up is a dangerous strategy at best. BRU Server for Linux can be configured to automatically back up these systems whether they are physically plugged in to the network or are configured to run wireless and enter the organization's wireless coverage area. Following the first full system backup, the incremental backing up of these systems is virtually transparent to the user.

Administrators will appreciate the predictable and reliable operation of BRU Server and its high performance that minimizes the intrusion of data protection on an organization.

Implementing BRU Server for Linux is straightforward, and much of the installation process is automated. Three interfaces (graphical, character-based and command line) are available to allow the customization of operation to an organization's specific need. A "Synchronization Module" will be available before the end of Q2'04 that allows administrators to authorize end users to back up and restore a portion of their own files -- a significant time-saving capability. The scenario is much like transferring PDA information to the desktop. When using the synchronization capability, end users transfer information to a dedicated portion of the server disk stage.

BRU Server for Linux scales easily from support of two networked systems to the largest of networked system topologies -- gated only by the bandwidth of the network. BRU Server can write multiple, simultaneous data backup streams to multiple drives in a library and to multiple tape libraries.

More than 90,000 government regulations are now in place worldwide that mandate the treatment of data across a growing breadth of industries. BRU Server for Linux delivers the availability, integrity, confidentiality and accountability treatment of data mandated by governance. A white paper titled "BRU's Support of Regulatory Governance" shares insights into preparation for compliance and BRU Server's support of compliance to the regulations. The paper is available from TOLIS' home page on the Web.

BRU Server for Linux is available immediately and ships in three versions: Basic, Network and Enterprise, differentiated only by the number of included client system licenses. Pricing starts at $699, and cost-effective incremental client license packs are available to support organizations of any size.

About TOLIS Group Inc.

TOLIS' mission is the provision of leading-edge UNIX, Linux and Mac OS X data protection products to computer OEMs and end users that are effective, reliable and of excellent value. Our servicemark of "Software You Can Trust" guides every aspect of business: from concept to delivery.

The majority of TOLIS' products are based on its BRU(TM) backup engine, an elegant software kernel that continues to deliver unsurpassed backup reliability and data recoverability since 1985. Numerous product excellence awards have recognized BRU technology.

TOLIS also administers the Linux Tape Device Certification Program (

Contact TOLIS Group at 480-505-0488, Fax: 480-505-0492, E-mail: [], or visit TOLIS on the Web at: []

TOLIS is an acronym representing: Talented Organization Leveraging Intelligent Solutions

BRU and BRU Server are trademarks of the TOLIS Group. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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