CDP: TimeSpring upgrades to 64-bits

By Ann Silverthorn

—TimeSpring, maker of TimeData continuous data protection (CDP) software, now supports 64-bit applications running on the Microsoft Windows platform. The present version supports SQL Server and file servers. In Q1 2007, support will be expanded to SharePoint and Exchange.

The 64-bit systems have expanded memory and faster processing speeds than the 32-bit systems that have been shipping since the 1990s. They can accommodate faster databases and applications, in addition to larger data files.

"The 64-bit support allows users to deal with larger data sets," say Agnes Lamont, TimeSpring's vice president of marketing. "They can also consolidate servers, realizing cost savings."

TimeSpring's TimeData continuously captures all data as it changes in real-time to an on-site or off-site repository. The company claims no protection gaps, no scheduling requirements, no backup-related system slowdowns, and no backup windows for administrators to manage. TimeData is designed to improve and simplify the management of data-retention policies in line with information lifecycle management (ILM) and regulatory requirements.

"We can offer zero-data-loss protection," says Lamont. "The software knows what's going on with a database or e-mail system, so administrators are not thrown into an arbitrary pit. We give them consistency and views that are database-consistent."

One concern that administrators have with CDP revolves around the amount of storage capacity it requires. Lamont claims that TimeData requires additional storage space on an average of 2x the protected data, but it depends on how much data users want to retain. Some users will offload data to tape and will require less disk capacity.

There will be no immediate increase in price for TimeData software, which is currently priced at $1,295 per file server.

For more information on CDP:
What is CDP?

CDP: Awareness up, adoption slow

Lab Review: IBM brings 'CDP' to the masses

Also check out our White Paper library entries in the Backup/Recovery, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity section.

This article was originally published on December 20, 2006