According to the companies, NovaBACKUP’s data compression capabilities allows desktop and network users to double the capacity of a 4.7GB DVD-RAM disc to achieve 9.4GB of backup storage on a single side for less than a penny per Megabyte. When used with NovaBACKUP’s unattended scheduler, the DVD-RAM drive’s high-capacity discs also eliminate the need to have someone on-hand to load new discs as the old ones are filled.
“The Panasonic DVD-RAM drive was designed to meet today’s burgeoning storage requirements; and cost-effective, high-capacity storage is one of the most important elements of a backup solution,” said Peter Means, president and CEO of NovaStor. “With NovaBACKUP and the rewritable DVD drive, users have the capacity and the tools they need to carry out regularly scheduled backups that won’t interfere with their work.”
In addition to scheduling, NovaStor says that NovaBACKUP also comes with compression and virus scanning tools, as well as encryption capabilities for secure, private backups. To assist Windows users in restoring their operating system following a disaster, the package includes InstantRecovery, a separate program that they say enables users to quickly backup and restore complete volumes to an alternate hard disk.
Panasonic’s 4.7GB OEM DVD-RAM drive is available as an internal drive with a SCSI-2 interface (model LF-D291N) or with an ATAPI interface (model LF-D211V). The Panasonic-branded internal drive, model LF-D201U, is available from Panasonic Document Imaging Company (PDIC) and has a suggested retail price of $549. Double-sided 9.4GB DVD-RAM media, 4.7GB single-sided media and 4.7GB bare disc media are also available from other manufacturers.
The complete Workstation Edition of NovaBackup 6.6, including NovaBACK, NovaDisk and InstantRecovery, is available for a suggested retail price of $59.95. The software package comes with an electronic version of its manual and support for English, German, French, Swedish, Italian and Spanish languages.