CommVault, NetApp team for SMB backup and recovery

Posted on July 26, 2006

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By Ann Silverthorn

—CommVault announced this week that Network Appliance has added CommVault's Galaxy Express software to the NetApp StoreVault S500, a network storage appliance for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Galaxy Express adds long-term data protection and off-site archive and compliance features to the StoreVault S500, which runs NetApp's StoreVault Snapshots and SnapRestore on NetApp's Data ONTAP operating system.

In addition to traditional tape-based backup, the combined solution enables disk-to-disk (D2D) and disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup to reduce backup-and-restore times and solve long-term off-site archive problems.

StoreVault S500, a "hybrid" storage appliance, supports NAS, iSCSI SAN, and Fibre Channel SAN connectivity. With an entry price of about $5,000, it can take 255 snapshots per day and NetApp claims instant restore of full volumes from snapshots in fewer than 20 seconds. StoreVault was introduced earlier this month by NetApp's new StoreVault Division. See "NetApp delivers hybrid array for SMBs."

The Galaxy Express bundle on NetApp's StoreVault includes support for four clients and disk-to-disk backup for up to 1.6TB, and includes network data management protocol (NDMP).

"NetApp's operating system contains an NDMP component, which gives customers flexibility in how they move their data and protect it," says Dave West, vice president of marketing and business development for CommVault. "NDMP support allows customers to directly attach a tape library to their filers without moving data through the network.

As users' businesses grow, they can upgrade to the full version of Galaxy Backup & Recovery with an unlock license key without undergoing a forklift upgrade.

Galaxy Express is priced at $599. For an additional fee, Galaxy Express offers agents to supports applications such as Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, and Lotus Notes.

In related news, CommVault is one of several software vendors integrating their backup-and-recovery products with NetApp's new NearStore virtual tape library (VTL) Shadow Tape technology. CommVault is pairing its Galaxy Backup & Recovery through its QiNetix suite of Unified Data Management Solutions with NetApp Shadow Tape technology.

NetApp Shadow tape technology automatically caches backups onto the NearStore VTL to improve recovery levels. Shadow Tape is available on the NearStore VTL600 and VTL1200.

NetApp's NearStore VTL is an enterprise-class, disk-based storage appliance that emulates physical tape libraries. It stores data to disk and then automatically copies data to physical tape. NearStore VTL supports open systems enterprise primary storage environments, including EMC, Hitachi, and IBM.

Symantec/Veritas NetBackup, Syncsort Backup Express, and BakBone NetVault will also integrate with NetApp's Shadow Tape. The integration is designed to streamline enterprise data recovery while working seamlessly with users' existing backup applications.

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