By Kevin Komiega
—Atempo is set to ship a new version of its Live Backup data-protection and archiving software that will mark its first continuous data-protection (CDP) offering for the Linux and Mac OS X markets, as well as the company's first foray into providing a platform for service providers interested in delivering storage services via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.
The new software, Live Backup 3.2, is a data-protection platform for remote and on-site heterogeneous desktop and notebook environments. Version 3.2 offers new administrative and reporting features, improved scalability, and multiple administration levels, which allow various subgroups to define their own unique policies while a "super" administrator can still drive overall backup policies.
Specifically, Version 3.2 allows data backup policies to be managed by separate departments, improving both cost allocation and billing processes. These capabilities also allow service providers to deliver a SaaS solution to multiple customers on one server, while ensuring each customer still has autonomous administrative powers and the ability to set backup policies.
It is the more granular administration levels that make Live Backup a viable SaaS platform, according to Atempo director of product marketing Marylise Tauzia.
"We're enabling independent software vendors to provide desktop and laptop data protection as a service," says Tauzia. "We used to be limited in that we could not differentiate between different groups, but the administration, reporting, and billing capabilities now make the software an option for service providers to protect different companies' data on our platform."
Live Backup 3.2 delivers CDP that automatically and continuously captures and tracks data modifications as they occur on any network-connected Windows, Mac OS, or Linux platforms.
Live Backup's two-tiered architecture features a wizard-based client interface and a centralized storage repository built around Microsoft SQL Server 2000. The client autonomously handles data collection and transmits in the background, providing all of Live Backup's self-service recovery options to end users.
The server aggregates data from the clients in a content repository that is managed using a standard Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. Live Backup uses IIS as its middleware layer, which enables client-to-server communication in both WAN and LAN environments.
Live Backup 3.2 will be available for Windows in June, with support for Mac OS X and Linux in July.