CommVault to Offer Linux-Based Clustering Software

CommVault will resell Linux-based clustering software from Sistina Software.

CommVault Systems Inc. in October will start reselling Linux-based clustering software from Sistina Software Inc., according to officials.

Combined with CommVaults existing QiNetix suite of Galaxy backup software, GridStor policy management and Quick Recovery snapshots, users will get storage clustering thats cheap and scalable, they said.

Initially, Oceanport, N.J.s CommVault and Minneapolis Sistina will only sell current products in a bundle, called Essentials Edition, said CommVaults Anand Prahlad, vice president of development. The companies joint tested the products, and also offer professional services and installation options, he said.

A second, as-yet-unnamed bundle will ship specifically for Oracle Corp. applications and clusters, he said. Both bundles will cost users $15,000 per node, he said.

But next year the software will be truly integrated. For example, if in a cluster "one of my nodes takes a hit, Im able to recover my data from one of the other nodes. What were doing is essentially providing that ability in a Linux cluster," Prahlad explained.

Beside the work in data protection, "theres things we want to do in application management," he said. CommVault trails in that trend, as larger competitors like Legato Systems Inc. and Veritas Software Corp., both of Mountain View, Calif., have already made the leap.

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Also next year, CommVaults hierarchical storage management functions will be delivered to Sistina, to advance Sistinas file system technology, officials said.

Chad Schmidt, network systems engineer and lead administrator for enterprise backup for Fresno County, in California, runs Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC Corp.s flagship Symmetrix storage, connected to AIX and Windows servers, running several Oracle databases, all backed up with the Galaxy software. Looking back at the new offerings versus what CommVault promised in fall 2002, "I think theyre doing pretty good. Their support is inline with what Ive come to expect. I think its good that theyre branching out," he said. Despite EMCs pitches for Fresno County to switch to Legato, that wont happen, because of solid performance and budget issues, he said.