By Ann Silverthorn
—On Monday, at Disaster Recovery Journal's Fall World 2005 conference, Revivio will make the first of two continuous data protection (CDP)-related announcements planned for this month. The company's CPS Replication Module, to be released on Monday, gives users the ability to instantly restore data at two or more disparate geographic locations. The Replication Module is an add-on to Revivio's Continuous Protection System (CPS) 1200, a block-based enterprise-class appliance with a six-figure price tag.
According to Kirby Wadsworth, senior vice president of marketing and business development at Revivio, the CPS 1200 offers "true" CDP, unlike some vendors that offer "near" CDP. "Some vendors claim that in order to recover properly you have to recover from a quiesced [inactive] point," says Wadsworth. "That's not true. They say that because their technology only allows you to have a set number of recovery points. The fact is that applications can be recovered from any point in time [APIT]. Transactions are not lost, and transactional systems maintain integrity."
The CPS 1200 Replication Module enables APIT recovery and supports Class A/Class 1 disaster-recovery plans. It supports synchronous or asynchronous transmission, unidirectional or bidirectional replication, and Fibre Channel or IP-based distance services. The Replication Module maintains independent timelines in multiple locations and enables data consolidation, data mining, and remote data archiving.
On September 28, Revivio will introduce a slimmed-down version of the CPS 1200—the CPS 1200i— that provides CDP in a more affordable version. The CPS 1200i is designed for users that may have a separate application that doesn't require the full capabilities of the CPS 1200, but still needs APIT recovery and instant restores. It features optional remote monitoring and replication. A fully configured CPS 1200i will be priced at about $50,000.
Revivio's announcements come amid a flurry of CDP-related announcements from the dozen or so start-ups in this space. More importantly, perhaps, three big guns have entered—or will enter in the near future— the CDP market, including Microsoft (see Microsoft enters D2D backup market), IBM, and Symantec (IBM's and Symantec's announcements will be covered in the October issue of InfoStor's print magazine).
Also, you can read more about CDP in the upcoming September issue of InfoStor magazine: "CDP: What it is, and why you need it," written by David Hill and Dan Tanner on behalf of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), provides an in-depth explanation of the technology and its benefits.