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Reviews: Revenue-Generating Storage Appliances From Barracuda, ION

As part of Storage Week 2015, the CRN Test Center looks at two storage appliances that present revenue opportunities for solution providers.

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Barracuda Performance

To test the Message Archiver, we connected it to a personal Gmail account and watched it do its thing. There's support for Active Directory and LDAP for large organizations, but manual data entry was fine for our purposes. Making the connection was simply a matter of confirming which protocol was in use (POP or IMAP), entering the appropriate server name, email address, password plus security and port settings. Within a few moments, email messages from the account were appearing in the archive tab. It's just as easy to connect with Exchange and GroupWise servers. It also supports Exchange Stubbing -- the storage of email attachments only -- which reduces the storage needs of the mail server.

We tested the user experience by setting up a sample account with access to our test-archived email. The user logs in the same way as an administrator but with just a few tabs, including those for Search, Download and Password. Searches can be by plain-text and by folder and tag, and can be saved. Search results appear instantly. If configured by the admin, the Downloads tab could contain add-ins for Outlook and Lotus Notes, as well as stand-alone search apps for Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Windows. The Message Archiver 350 consumed about 33 watts during most activities and occasionally spiked at around 54 watts.

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