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CommVault's New Wave of Back-up

CommVault, which competes with Veritas Software and Computer Associates in the storage software space, has launched a new wave of data management software to help customers store and retrieve data.

In a testament to the information lifecycle management (ILM) trend, the company's revamped QiNetix suite allows administrators to place data on the appropriate storage medium by matching cost, access and recoverability to service levels.

This comes at a time when record retention rules and the glut of e-mail and other unstructured data are maxing out storage gear's capabilities and fraying administrators' nerves.

Beside back-up, the new QiNetix software provides point-in-time replication, hierarchical storage management, archival and compliance, storage resource management and service level management from one console, said Larry Cormier, vice president of marketing and business development.

Its components share policy management and event managers on the front end, and distributed metadata indexes, media management and copy management on the back end. Conversely, with products from Veritas, EMC or CA, users would have to perform those functions with several different software products, which are not integrated.

"We took a clean sheet of paper and designed from the ground up a unified management approach," Cormier said. "Each of those [rivals'] products provide a view into the data they are handling. Each require almost a separate vault or back end for the data they are managing. CommVault can provide a single view of all of those copies of data in one pane of glass."

Enterprise Strategy Group analysts believe CommVault's unified approach to data management is indeed ahead of the larger rivals.

"CommVault is the only vendor on the market that has developed an integrated solution from the ground up that marries backup and recovery capability with storage management solutions in order to deliver end to end data management," said ESG analyst Nancy Hurley in a recent brief. "As users begin to understand the true benefits of an integrated data management solution, we expect CommVault will have a great deal of success expanding their footprint."

Improvements new to QiNetix include faster recovery time from individual files to full applications; a new feature to simplify administration of data protection operations; integration with Network Appliance's SnapVault for faster protection of data; and one-touch restore for speedy recovery.

New ILM functions include advanced content indexing search features; automated re-migration and indexing of personal archive files in QiNetix DataArchiver; better support for addressable storage devices EMC Centera and NetApp SnapLock; and automated data migration support for NAS filers in QiNetix DataMigrator.

Moreover, the new QiNetix lets users create, manage and synchronize data copies with multiple retention requirements. Data copies can be migrated through a tiered storage environment via policies to satisfy retention and availability requirements.

QiNetix' unified platform was designed for high-end Windows, Unix, Linux, VMware, NetWare and Lotus Notes environments, said Cormier. New QiNetix software will be available this month with component pricing starting at $795.