Merlin Software Technologies International Inc. today started shipping the Essential Server.
The company said the Essential Server is a cost effective, user installable system that does not require expensive IT technical support. It is designed to meet the data storage, backup and recovery needs of small to mid-size enterprises, regional offices and corporate departments.
It combines hard disk storage, tape drive, and CD-RW along with backup, mirroring and recovery software. Merlin sees the product as an alternative to building a solution based on Microsoft(R) Windows NT.
"Reaching commercial release is an extremely important milestone for the company," said Robert Heller, President and CEO of Merlin. "Our beta-test program was a unqualified success, confirming the Essential Server is a product that businesses need. I'm happy to report that all beta sites have endorsed the product. In addition to providing complete data protection, back- up and availability, the Essential Server doesn't require IT technicians to install, operate or maintain it. Essential Server takes care of itself while it takes care of your data."
The Essential Server is available immediately through selected resellers. The complete solution, including tape backup, starts below $3,000.