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Source: Network Computing
Author: Sharon Fisher
CommVault Systems has enhanced Version 9 of its Simpana data management software, which it first announced in October 2010. Major new features in the software include OnePass, which will back up server data, archive it and report on it simultaneously. The company said the process could take less than half the time of separate processes.
For PCs, CommVault introduced Edge Protection, which backs up data on devices such as laptops and desktops, using deduplication, and gives users the ability to perform their own data recovery through any Windows, iOS or Android device. The company also made improvements to SnapProtect, which accelerates data recovery through the use of data snapshots.
Sheila Childs, research VP of storage technologies and strategies for Gartner, is particularly interested in the OnePass feature. "One of the most challenging issues in managing data growth is managing the number of copies," she says. "Creating separate copies of data for backup and archive adds to this problem. The OnePass feature will go a long way toward alleviating this redundancy. Backups should be used for recovery; archives are used for discovery, compliance, historical preservation. What differs is retention. Being able to assign a different retention period to a single copy of data, and change that retention over time or generate an index of a subset of the data over time, makes it easier to manage backup and archiving holistically."