Workforce Management Firm Switches to AppAssure’s Replay 4 Reaching Lightning-Fast Server Restores

The Sedona Group switches to AppAssure’s Replay 4 backup and disaster recovery software to eliminate large backup window and decrease server restore time.

Reston, VA, July 23, 2011 --( AppAssure Software, a leading developer of innovative backup and disaster recovery software products for mission-critical Windows application servers, today announced that The Sedona Group, an Illinois-based provider of Workforce Management Solutions, switched to AppAssure’s award-winning Replay 4 backup and recovery software. With Replay’s bare metal restore capabilities, along with continuous data protection, Sedona is reported to have decreased server restore time from 20 hours to 20 minutes while almost doubling the company’s return on investment (ROI).

“Our IT environment is constantly changing, and only Replay 4 has been able to keep up with it,” says Dave Buzzell, The Sedona Group’s Chief Information Officer. “Replay’s speed and ease of use are great features. The continuous backup and bare metal restore ability makes everything go really smoothly. Also, Replay’s great compression and deduplication capabilities have meant that we’ve been able to have a lot more data easily available. Right now we’ve estimated we can keep three years of continuous backups because of dedup/compression. That’s amazing!”

As Buzzell says, having seen Sedona’s IT environment in action at different times in the company’s history, he can attest to the dramatic time and money savings that his team is experiencing.

“Last summer we had an incident where an administrator turned off a server and it just didn’t turn back on,” says Buzzell. “We went to another backup solution's support and were told it’d take anywhere from 20 hours to two full weeks, but we only had 50GB on it, and no one could tell us why. We ended up finding another way around our backup/restore solution, but it was a 20 hour process to get fully back up and running. Recently we decided to redo this scenario in a test environment with Replay. This exact same issue took us less than 20 minutes to get back up.”

Replay has saved Sedona not only countless hours in staff time, but has given the company a solid doubled ROI, says Buzzell. “The biggest surprise cost-wise was seeing what tape was costing us. I’m known for being frugal. When I find new products, I ask what the price is. The cost factor is not insignificant, and Replay is definitely in our ballpark. It’s saved us thousands of dollars in operational and infrastructure costs, but also in staff hours. Now I’m not stressing the staff and can put them on other important projects.”

According to Buzzell, The Sedona Group now has more of time, money, and happy stuff – all because of Replay 4. “Just a couple nights ago,” says Buzzell, “there was a hiccup on the SQL server and it wasn’t coming back on after a reboot. My admin said ‘I don’t panic because I know what Replay can do.’ It was all taken care of in less than 15 minutes. That was nice.”

About The Sedona Group

For over 25 years, Sedona has provided specialized and traditional Workforce Management Solutions (including engineering, medical, light industrial and traditional clerical staffing) from its headquarters in Moline, IL. With 37 branches nationwide, Sedona ranks number 96 out of 14,000 industry providers.

About AppAssure Replay 4

Replay 4 is the world’s fastest and easiest backup and disaster recovery software for Windows application servers, VMware and Hyper-V Virtual Servers. The only complete “all-in-one” backup and recovery solution, Replay 4 enables local recoveries from any type of failure in just minutes, with the added assurance of offsite application and image backup and bare metal recovery from a total site disaster.

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About AppAssure Software

AppAssure Software is a leading provider of innovative backup and disaster recovery software for Windows application servers. AppAssure’s flagship product, Replay 4 is an application-aware, disk-based imaging solution that automatically and continuously snapshots entire Windows application servers delivering accelerated application backups and disaster recovery for in minutes. For more information about AppAssure Software, visit

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