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EMC in Recovery...Management

EMC  introduced new software to help businesses recover and protect data in the case of a network outage, software failures and human errors.

This practice, recovery management, is a key part of hording files from the time they are created until their disposal.

EMC rivals IBM , HP and others also build portfolios around recovering data. But EMC is particularly focused on offering multiple doses of recovery software instead of bit solutions.

At Storage Networking World in Orlando, Fla. today, EMC unveiled the rebranding of its continuous data protection (CDP) software, an application that saves data to any specific point in time.

The latest version of EMC's RecoverPoint CDP is based entirely on the remote replication disaster recovery technology from EMC's purchase of Kashya Technologies, said Robert Emsley, senior director of software products at EMC.

When it was first introduced at SNW last year, RecoverPoint employed core technology from CDP specialist Mendocino, but that deal was quashed when EMC closed the deal for Kashya.

RecoverPoint also supports EMC's Invista storage virtualization software, bringing remote replications in addition to disaster recovery to the mix.

EMC RecoverPoint is available now and pricing starts at $83,000.

New from EMC, NetWorker Dashboard 1.0 expands the built-in reporting and analytics capabilities of EMC's NetWorker software, providing more of a real-time monitoring aspect to the product, Emsley said.

This software, a kind of business intelligence tool for stored data, spots backup and recovery issues in the network and pounces on them to save customer data.

Emsley said the Dashboard is a kind of stripped-down version of EMC's Backup Advisor, and is offered at a lower price point for NetWorker customers that employ one to 200 backup clients.

EMC NetWorker Dashboard 1.0 will be available next month, starting at $2,000.

EMC continued its hot streak of supporting Microsoft software, introducing Backup Manager for SharePoint, a disk-based application for backing up all elements of SharePoint, including servers and Web sites.

While NetWorker handles the general backup and recovery of an environment to tape or disk, Backup Manager for SharePoint recovers data to the single file.

For example, if a user deletes a folder, the Backup Manager would restore the specific item without doing a full SharePoint server restore. This saves customers time and money.

EMC Backup Manager for SharePoint 1.0 software will be available next month for $2,500.

EMC is coming off a rough third quarter in which earnings dropped by a third from a year ago. It vowed to cut roughly 4 percent of its workforce to make room for and integrate its 21 acquisitions over the last three years.