CommVault Simplifies Recovery Management

Companies seeking to maximize value from investments in tiered storage have focused on establishing data protection and archive tiers, but the real win may lie with near-line recovery tiers and their potential to dramatically improve Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objective (RTO/RPO) service levels. CommVault has announced an advance in data recovery management with the availability of breakthrough features for its QiNetix 6.1 Unified Data Management suite. The new feature set, called RecoveryDirector 6.1, combines certain functionality of the QuickRecovery and Galaxy Backup and Recovery software products, thereby enabling storage administrators to simply and seamlessly manage snapshot and backup data across the continuum of protection, recovery and archive tiers.

With RecoveryDirector, enterprises with storage area networks (SANs) will be able to increase the business value of tiered storage by creating online 'recovery images' that extend traditional backup methods and expand data protection capabilities. RecoveryDirector extends the benefits of QuickRecovery by enabling storage administrators to simplify recovery of data from multiple recovery points, reduce or eliminate backup windows, and improve RTO/RPO service levels.

RecoveryDirector's features bring the power of unified data management to high-availability SAN environments with multiple tiers of data under management, providing a single view of the data protection environment and a set of common management policies that enable administrators to move data appropriately via workflows and policies. Data can be recovered quickly based on its value to the business, ensuring quick recovery from any tier of storage when problems occur. Moving beyond the Recovery Point data protection offered by QuickRecovery, RecoveryDirector adds sequencing, workflow and policy management that unifies data protection at all levels of an enterprise.

Integrating CommVault ProxyHost, Image, QuickRecovery and QSnap components, CommVault RecoveryDirector combines backup and snapshot management into a logical workflow. With this capability, users can easily manage concurrent multiple point-in-time snapshots and backup sets, improve resource utilization, and eliminate duplicate operations.

For enterprises seeking to simplify use of device-embedded snapshot capabilities, RecoveryDirector manages a wide variety of snapshot technologies including those offered by Data Domain, Dell, EMC, HDS, HP, NetApp, Xiotech. and others. RecoveryDirector simplifies and automates the process of creating snapshot images and online recovery volumes for immediate recovery from data loss, large database corruption and email virus attacks.

For enterprises that wish to add the capabilities of snapshot management to existing data protection environments, CommVault RecoveryDirector features offer the following benefits:
 Speeds recovery from data loss, virus attacks and data corruption
 Simplifies recovery of data from multiple recovery points
 Simplifies use of native device snapshot capabilities to protect Exchange, SQL Server and Oracle databases, as well as Windows, Linux and UNIX file system data
 Provides a single point of control to automatically sequence the creation of multiple point-in-time snapshot images
 Enables improved recovery and snapshot management on hardware from leading storage vendors

For CommVault Galaxy customers who wish to add snapshot capabilities to extend backup and restore, CommVault RecoveryDirector offers the following benefits:
 Reduces or eliminates backup windows by enabling administrators to make backup copies using snapshots rather than production data
 Provides a single GUI console for unified, concurrent management control of snapshots, replication and backup
 Provides a one-step recovery process to the client from the backup without having to recreate the snapshot image as a first step

CommVault RecoveryDirector offers vendor-neutral snapshot and recovery capabilities leveraging storage systems from leading providers. RecoveryDirector supports recovery of data from multiple sources, including:
 Applications: SQL, Exchange and Oracle
 File systems: Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, AIX, HP-UX, Red Hat Linux, and Solaris
 Integrated snapshot solutions: HDS ShadowImage, QuickShadow, and TrueCopy; EMC Clariion SnapView and Symmetrix TimeFinder; NetApp Snapshot technology, SnapVault Software and Open Systems SnapVault (OSSV); HP/Compaq StorageWorks EVA and EVM; and Microsoft's Volume Shadow-copy Service (VSS) architecture which supports any VSS-compliant storage device, including those from Dell.

RecoveryDirector recovery management includes QuickRecovery, CommVault's snapshot management solution integrated with storage-embedded snapshot capabilities offered by storage vendors including HDS, NetApp, EMC and Dell. RecoveryDirector also includes CommVault's independent Copy-on-Write (COW) snapshot software capability, QSnap, for use with hardware systems that do not include native snapshot capabilities. The CommVault RecoveryDirector feature set is immediately available.

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