The AOS appliance can use the block-level iSCSI transport protocol or the Common Internet File System (CIFS) file-level protocol for data connectivity. The appliance is currently optimized for Microsoft Windows applications.
BridgeSTOR's AOS appliance can use its own deduplication and compression algorithms, or they can be turned off in favor of third-party applications. For example, an AOS appliance running Backup Exec, would use Symantec's deduplication algorithm while running BridgeSTOR's compression at the same time. If the appliance was running Microsoft's Data Protection Manager, which doesn't have deduplication or compression, it would run its own native algorithms.
BridgeSTOR plans to sell its appliances through resellers and not by direct sales to end users.
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