Continuous Data Protection and

By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2006-04-28 Print this article Print

Synthetic Full Backups"> Jumping on the white-hot trend to incorporate CDP (continuous data protection) within their ILM arsenal, HP this week unveiled HP StorageWorks Continuous Information Capture. Built in partnership with Mendocino Software, the new product captures I/O changes and rolls back database and application data to a specific point in time for recovery or review. HP has bolstered its HP OpenView Data Protector technology as well. The latest version of the tool, v.6.0, offers a new feature called Synthetic Full Backup.
The technology eliminates the need for subsequent full backups of data because when the next backup is required, only Deltas from previous backups are stored, meaning quicker recovery times and less storage capacity usage.
The upgraded product will be available in the third quarter of 2006. Fred Leakeas, technical services manager for Intermountain Industries of Boise, Idaho, a business unit of Intermountain Gas and Petroglyth Energy, said the amount of imaging required for his energy company is putting a heavy emphasis on low-cost archiving, data retention strategies and circumventing tight backup windows. "Overall the backup windows are shrinking, theres no doubt about that. Were going to move everything over to a SAN and move a big library onto that and that will help consolidate," our storage environment, said Leakeas, a Data Protector customer. "If you stream to it correctly, and optimize how you do your tape and recovery jobs, you can save a lot of capacity. You dont want to solve anything by just throwing tape drives at it." Leakeas said the advancements HP has made with Data Protector merge nicely into HPs Enterprise Vault Array product line. He said his company will be moving to an HP EVA SAN and EVA 8000 in the future. HP revamps its StorageWorks portfolio. Click here to read more. Data Protector code is also being utilized to underpin the new instant recovery capability for HP arrays called ARM (Application Recovery Manager). Available in July, the stand-alone software for Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server databases ensures that if or when a storage failure occurs, data is immediately failed over to tape and a snapshot of the most recent point in time. Over time, HP will add further application connectivity to ARM, for example within Oracle and SAP environments, said Harbist. On the appliance front, HP announced its new HP StorageWorks 200 Storage Virtualization System product. Available to customers in June, the box is comprised of a virtualizer head which sits in front of heterogeneous disk arrays allowing for the creation of a common virtual pool of storage, enabling single-instance management and simplified data migration. The 200 Storage Virtualization System capabilities should be familiar to customers. It is an extension of what HP is currently offering in its XP line of arrays, but has been pulled into its own stand-alone appliance. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.

Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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