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Revivio Lightens Up With Data Protection

With the storage niche it plays in recently validated by IBM and EMC , continuous data protection (CDP) provider Revivio is gearing up for new product releases next week.

The company plans to announce a new configuration to its CPS 1200 data protection server, the CPS 1200i.

The CPS 1200i is a lighter version of the CPS 1200, which allows companies to restore data exactly as it existed at any chosen moment in time, and is meant for departments of large businesses, said Revivio Senior Vice President Kirby Wadsworth.

Wadsworth said existing customers told Revivio they had other applications outside the core data center that needed CDP without the redundancy and higher costs of the 1200.

Thus, the 1200i was born. It has the same code base and functionality but is instead ported to a non-redundant, rack-mount device. At $50,000 it also costs roughly a third of the original CPS 1200.

Revivio will also offer a Continuous Protection (CPS) Replication Module, Wadsworth said.

The module is a rack-mount hardware device whose software lets multiple CPS 1200 systems located in various branches of an enterprise communicate with each other to save data at the same point in time.

Though they run independent of each other, each machine can use the module to provide a snapshot, or copy, of the data regardless of where it was physically stored. This is ideal for disaster scenarios.

For example, if one site goes down, a copy of the data that had been physically residing at the impacted site is instantly made available at the backup location located hundreds or thousands of miles away.

"The combination of replication and continuous data protection becomes very powerful because it allows us to have replication across vast differences using asynchronous protocols," Wadsworth said without having a reduction in the number of recovery points at the remote site."

Such fine-grained recovery across great distances is why CDP is so immensely popular. Thanks to tough corporate record retention regulations, companies fear misplacing, losing or destroying even a single document that may be subpoenaed for court in litigation.

The new products come at a time when companies are attempting to comply with disaster recovery requirements in the face of limitations and the high cost of protecting data over distances.

Larger vendors have been taking notice in the success of smaller firms like Revivio, XOsoft and Mendocino.

Symantec is expected to launch its Panther CDP product this month. Microsoft will launch its System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) software later at Storage Decisions.

IBM is currently offering Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files.

EMC is expected to announce OEM agreements to resell CDP gear from Mendocino, which earlier this week bagged $18 million in funding.