CommVault and XIOtech Announce Disk-Based Data Protection for Unix

By Wayne Kawamoto (Send Email)
Posted Sep 26, 2002


CommVault Systems, a provider of unified enterprise data management solutions and XIOtech Corporation, a subsidiary of Seagate Technology, announced a "Disk-Based Data Protection" solution that combines CommVault's Galaxy backup and recovery software with XIOtech's adaptive storage architecture. CommVault Systems and XIOtech Corporation recently announced a joint solution designed to improve backup performance and recovery access.

According to the companies, the joint disk-based backup solution offers the ability to use XIOtech's MAGNITUDE storage platform as a primary backup medium, which may reduce backup-media access time and increase backup and recovery performance.

"The flexibility and strength of Galaxy's media management capabilities maximize device performance. It doesn't treat the disks as serial media, but as random access media which capitalizes on the strengths of XIOtech's adaptive architecture," said Dan McCormick, vice president of worldwide marketing for XIOtech. "This is in contrast to the typical virtual tape library solution, which does not fully take advantage of the performance available through virtualization. The primary business benefit of this solution is the speed and ease with which companies can restore critical data."

XIOtech says that its virtualization technology combines the performance and capacity of up to 64 disk drives into a central storage pool that can be accessed simultaneously by disparate servers, operating systems, and applications. In addition, the MAGNITUDE storage platform is designed to be easy to use and offers seamless scalability and on-the-fly storage configuration and management.

CommVault Galaxy release 4.1 is designed to expand high performance data protection for heterogeneous enterprises. Galaxy platform and application support includes: Solaris, RedHat Linux, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, SharePoint Portal, Active Directory, SQL Server, Oracle, Informix, IBM AIX, HP-UX, and True64. Among many capabilities intended to shrink the backup window, Galaxy 4.1 may enhance serverless backup, including block-level incremental backup of Oracle databases across Microsoft Windows, UNIX and Linux deployments, to practically eliminate I/O load on the database server.

CommVault's unified browser interface should provide a single point of control for managing, scheduling, aging and cataloging backup copies of data. Via centralized storage policies, Galaxy customers may combine the fast access of disk as a primary target for backups with the longer-term retention and disaster recovery capabilities of tape. With storage policies, the administrator may configure the Galaxy backup scheme to migrate backup data from the backup disk library to tape or other media after a given retention parameter is met.

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