TOLIS Group is very proud that BRU™ technology is being used to protect the irreplaceable and priceless data streaming in from the Mars and Saturn projects, as well as many NASA® programs. You too can trust your critical information to the care of BRU with confidence!
TOLIS Group, Inc., is a privately held profitable and debt-free corporation headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The singular focus of TOLIS Group™ is the development and support of ultra-reliable data backup, restore, and archival solutions for end-users and OEMs based on TOLIS Group's proven BRU™ technology.
The genesis of BRU in 1985 as a commercially available tool was driven by the inability of popular tar-based operations to reliably backup and restore archives on Unix systems. The mandate of BRU's design was to return the most data possible during a restore, limited only by physical damage.
To achieve the mandate, BRU was essentially designed "backwards" by first defining the necessary checks and balances that would come into play during a restore and then implementing them into the backup process. This is a profound difference from a "backup forward" design approach, and, unlike other tools, BRU solutions are able to recover from read and tape read errors during a restore to return the most data possible. In an age of 30-50% data recovery failure rates being realized, BRU technology delivers Backup You Can Trust℠. TOLIS Group provides BRU Server™, BRU Producer's Edition™, ArGest® tape solutions, BRU Core Workstation™, BRU Core Desktop™, TOLIS Tape Tools for OS X data migration and the bruAPP Backup Appliance™.
In 1994, BRU Backup & Restore Utility became the first available commercial Linux® application (not just backup) for end-users, released at Linux kernel 0.99pl12. Since then, BRU has been awarded more recognition from the Linux community than any other backup software tool.
In 2003 TOLIS Group engaged in the Macintosh® market place, releasing solutions that draw on BRU's heritage of reliable backup to provide the same proven performance for Mac OS X users enjoyed by Unix users. BRU Server™ and BRU Producer's Edition™ for Mac OS X® are now setting the high-water standard of Mac OS X backup and restore. Additional solutions for Mac OS X include TOLIS Tape Tools™ which is available to transfer existing tar, cpio and pax archives to the Mac OS X platform.
In January of 2005 TOLIS Group announced its bruAPP™ Backup Appliance solution. bruAPP is a data backup and restore-focused appliance that delivers the industry's first truly "server-less" backup services across client/server system topologies. The bruAPP Backup Appliance virtually eliminates the configuration, installation, and compatibility issues faced when designing and building a data backup system. In January of 2010, TOLIS Group entered further into the hardware market providing one stop shopping and support for tape and BRU software bundled offerings.
BRU technology also provides unparalleled support of regulatory governance.
TOLIS Group is affiliated with key players in the IT market, and proudly supports a breadth of organizations worldwide, from single system businesses to corporate entities (view a sampling below).
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Based on individual license sales as well as past and present OEM and embedded partnerships, more than two million BRU licenses worldwide have been purchased.
TOLIS Group Business Practices
It's in your best interest to understand the company that you will be relying on to protect your critical data. Here's a glimpse of TOLIS Group.
Our Focus — The development of data backup and restore solutions, and ONLY data backup and restore solutions. We are not a blanket data management software tool provider and our BRU™ technology is demonstrably the most reliable in the backup industry.
Scope of Product — Commercially available since 1985 for Unix-class systems, over 2 million licenses have been purchased since BRU was first available. TOLIS solutions are available around the globe, either via direct sales or through our extensive Reseller Network.
Design Architecture — Pervasive POSIX compliance, use of leading-edge development tools, modern structures, and mandated backward compatibility characterize our BRU solutions. Bug fixes and functionality enhancements are readily provided.
Product Pricing — TOLIS Group is, and has always been a debt-free privately owned profitable corporation that is not saddled with the financial burdens of publicly held entities. Our business model is different, and that is reflected in the pricing of our solutions. You can certainly pay more while failing to get a more reliable backup tool. Being self funded by the actual sales of the BRU product lines guarantees that BRU will always be a solution that is designed to fit the needs of our customers.
Licensing — A BRU license enables the user to use the particular solution into perpetuity. There are no license renewal fees, nor is there a charge for volume of data being backed up. We do not differentiate between servers or desktop systems; each is simply a node, or seat, within network backup environments.
Support — TOLIS Group Technical Support is not a profit center; rather a customer satisfaction center. Engineering-level support is provided and there are response time/cost-sensitive extended warranty options to suit your need.
Community — BRU was the first end-user, commercially available application (of any kind) released for Linux users in 1994 at kernel 0.99pl12.
Small Sampling of TOLIS Group Customers (since 1985, millions of BRU licenses issued worldwide and with OEM):
Private Sector — NBC Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox Studios, Walt Disney Companies, Ocean Exploration Trust, American Zoetrope, CNN, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Pinewood Studios, 24/7 Real Media, Apple Computer, Inc., APS, Artist Direct, Burton Snowboards, Aerovironment Inc., Baron & Baron, Inc., Technicolor, Crush, Danish Film Institute, Australian Film Institute, Thrill Hill Recording, Toys "R" Us, DDB Advertising Worldwide, The Tire Rack, Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Los Angeles Dodgers, Le Club de Hockey Canadien, Scottish TV, BBC, and numerous others across the world in all industries from entertainment and multimedia to sports, newspapers, retail and all other business types imaginable.
Public Sector — US Air Force, Lockheed Martin, US Navy, NASA, USGAO, US Naval Research Laboratory, NATO, Los Alamos Labs, US Forest Service, US Courts, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, TASC, Northrup Grumman, Fleet Numerical, State Senate of Pennsylvania, Raytheon, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Geological Survey, Autodesk, Argonne National Laboratory, and countless other state, local and federal agencies including many additional military installations.
Education — MIT, Harvard University and its affiliates, Mass General Hospital, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Berklee School of Music, Penn State, California State University, University of California (including UCSF, Santa Barbra, Davis etc…), University of Michigan, University of Chicago, Notre Dame University, Cornell University, Smithsonian Observatory, Columbia University, and numerous other statewide colleges, universities, as well as local school districts throughout the USA, Canada and worldwide.
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