Storage Cluster Deal on Tap

Commvault Systems Inc. next month is set to begin reselling Linux-based clustering software from Sistina Software Inc.

Commvault Systems Inc. next month is set to begin reselling Linux-based clustering software from Sistina Software Inc., according to officials. Combined with CommVaults QiNetix suite of Galaxy backup software, GridStor policy management and Quick Recovery snapshots, users will get storage clustering thats inexpensive and scalable, they said.

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

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

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 said.

In addition to the work in data protection, "there are things we want to do in application management," Prahlad said. CommVault trails in that trend, as larger competitors such as Legato Systems Inc. and Veritas Software Corp., both of Mountain View, Calif., have already made the leap.

Also next year, CommVaults HSM (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 Symmetrix storage from EMC Corp., which is linked to AIX and Windows servers running several Oracle databases, all backed up with the Galaxy software. Looking at the new offerings versus what CommVault promised in the fall of 2002, "I think theyre doing pretty good. Their support is in line with what Ive come to expect," Schmidt said.

CommVault and Sistina detail partnership

CommVault Users Get:

  • October Bundling of backup, management and Linux clustering
  • Next year Software becomes tightly integrated, with application management

Sistina Users Get:

  • Next year HSM features for the file system