Datacore Disaster Recovery Software Dials Back the Clock

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-10-31 Print this article Print

New advanced data recovery software allows storage admins roll back to previous point prior to a disruptive event without affecting real-time production.

ORLANDO, Fla.—DataCore Software on Oct. 31 released Traveller CPR (Continuous Protection and Recovery), new advanced continuous data protection and high-availability mirroring software that lets storage administrators roll back to any previous point in time prior to a disaster, virus attack or other disruptive event.

DataCore, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., officially will introduce the product Nov. 1 at Storage Networking World here. Traveller showcases DataCores advanced storage virtualization capabilities with its new "dial back the clock" software and time-shifting technologies, which restore data to a known "good" state prior to data corruption, virus attack or error event, a company spokesperson said.
The capability to rapidly "travel back in time" to a previous state greatly speeds up recovery from problems and facilitates retrieval of data prior to events that cause data to be destroyed or corrupted.
Unlike snapshot technologies, which do not restore applications, generate large gaps between recovery points and require constant scheduling of "point in time images" of data to be snapped, DataCores Traveller works transparently in the background at the storage level without disrupting applications, the spokesperson said. "What we have brought to the market has previously been the stuff of market-spin from vendors who either could not deliver true, continuous data protection or whose stand-alone appliances or software could not practically restore complex storage topologies," said Ziya Aral, Datacore chairman and chief technology officer. "The first offering under the Traveller umbrella targets the CDP space, and because of the virtualization foundation inherent in Traveller, we believe this is the first, practical continuous data protection solution." The DataCore Traveller CPR solution is a continuous data protection, recovery and time-shifting platform that combines CDP with virtualization, the spokesperson said. Restored data volumes (known as "MakeTime volumes") are assigned to servers directly from the Traveller interface with a simple mouse click and are immediately ready for use by applications in production or offline, the spokesperson said. Click here to read more about continuous data protection. Click here to read more. Traveller protects all systems (Windows, Linux, VMware, Netware, MacOS, Solaris, AIX, UNIX), applications (Exchange, SQL, Sybase, Oracle) and all storage types across failover site distances spanning systems, rooms, buildings and campuses, the spokesperson said. With Traveller, the user also can:
  • Back up data with no impact or halts to production

  • Restore systems and data at disk speeds

  • Work in parallel to production to optimize workflow and consolidate backups
  • "Just think of it, an administrator can go back in time to a moment before any calamity happened and get all of the data back as it was," said George Teixeira, Datacore president and CEO. "Traveller logs and time stamps all the I/O changes to data asynchronously, without impacting production systems. Storage becomes a time-addressable resource." Pricing and availability Traveller is now in general availability release. List prices are as follows:
  • Starting at $69,000 for a comprehensive data protection system solution supporting business continuance, local and remote high-availability network mirroring, virtualization and time-addressable storage.
  • Starting at $30,000 as an upgrade option to an existing DataCore SANsymphony system. For more information, go here. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
    Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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