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Interstate Hotels & Resorts Extends Its Use of SEPATON and Deploys the S2100-ES2 for More Capacity.

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- SEPATON, Inc., the leader in high-performance data protection solutions, today announced that one of the nation's largest independent hotel management companies, Interstate Hotels & Resorts (NYSE: IHR) has deployed its enterprise class virtual tape library (VTL), the S2100[R]-ES2, to backup and restore its critical financial data. The use of the S2100-ES2 follows Interstate Hotels & Resorts' previous investment in SEPATON's VTL for remote offices and small and medium size businesses.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts' IT environment is made up of predominantly Microsoft servers, along with an IBM AIX system that supports its mission-critical Lawson-based financial applications and its Oracle database. Its storage environment includes NetApp Filers and Legato NetWorker version 7 backup software. The NetApp Filers house the business' most important data which includes its sales and catering database, SQL databases, Microsoft Exchange server, Lawson-related files and databases, time clock systems that record employee hours and payable time, employees' shared directories, and more.

The hotel management company was already benefiting from SEPATON's S2100-DS VTL when it sought to add capacity so it was a familiar process to once again turn to SEPATON. "Our data requirements had grown considerably over the past couple of years and we needed to ensure Sarbanes Oxley compliance by keeping three weeks worth of data onsite and as well as offsite for disaster recovery purposes," explained Vesal Tirgari, network engineer for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. "We determined the S2100-DS remained a good choice for backing up our system files residing on mainly Microsoft Servers but we needed more horse-power for faster backups and to assure meeting our RPO and RTO."

Interstate Hotels & Resorts licensed a 10 TB S2100-ES2 and had it running in under two hours. The price per disk, the overall performance of the VTL, and the simplicity of the GUI made the S2100-ES2 the best choice. "The implementation was so easy," said Tirgari. "I answered a few questions regarding the brand of tapes we wanted to replicate and the unit came pre-configured. All I had to do was set up some administrative functions like establish a user name and password. No changes to our existing routines were required. It was that easy."

Since deploying the S2100-ES2, Interstate Hotels & Resorts has been able to carry out rapid restores and there is no need to rely on offsite tapes and the time delay associated with retrieving them. "By adding more capacity with the ES2, we are now able to exceed Sarbanes Oxley requirements by retaining four weeks of data onsite and off," said Tirgari. "I only need to prepare four physical tapes for off-site storage, versus 12 so it saves me a lot of physical space and time managing the process. And, we can recover data much faster by having it here at our finger-tips."

"The backup situation has also improved significantly. Nightly full backup jobs, which total more then 2.89 TB of data per week, occur automatically and are much faster. For example, backing up the shared data on our filer used to take 21 hours to complete. Now, with the S2100-ES2, that same backup is completed in just six hours. Once a weekly full backup to the ES2 is complete, the data is cloned to LTO3 tapes with 400 GB/800 GB with compression and backup speeds of 85 MB per second for off site storage for DR purposes.

"Our investment in SEPATON has paid off many times," concluded Tirgari. "Down the road, we will reevaluate our Disaster Recovery process in favor of a tapeless approach. Once again, we will call upon SEPATON as we consider our options."

"The scalability of SEPATON's VTL appliances makes it a logical choice for companies of all sizes," said Linda Mentzer, vice president of marketing for SEPATON, Inc. "Interstate Hotels & Resorts selected SEPATON when its data requirements were much less, and again when its business had grown considerably. In both instances, SEPATON was the best choice. We applaud them for their innovation and skill at managing growth."

About Interstate Hotels & Resorts

As of November 30, Interstate Hotels & Resorts operated 232 hospitality properties with more than 52,000 rooms in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Russia. BridgeStreet Worldwide, an Interstate Hotels & Resorts subsidiary, is one of the world's largest corporate housing providers. BridgeStreet and its network of Global Partners offer approximately 10,000 corporate apartments located in more than 100 MSAs throughout the United States and internationally. For more information about Interstate Hotels & Resorts, visit the company's Web site: http://www.ihrco.com.

About SEPATON, Inc.

SEPATON is enabling companies of any size to comply with demanding data storage and retrieval requirements by changing the rules of data protection. We provide innovative, disk-based solutions that are intelligent, reliable and reduce storage, management and recovery costs. Because the proven SEPATON ContentAware[TM] architecture keeps track of all files and content, it enables faster and more efficient performance of a range of advanced data protection, data retention and data recovery functions. SEPATON's virtual tape library systems dramatically out-perform tape and other disk-based solutions. For additional information call 508-490-7900 or visit www.sepaton.com.

SEPATON, SRE and S2100 are registered trademarks of SEPATON Corporation. ContentAware, Site2 and DeltaStor are trademarks of SEPATON Corporation. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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