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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 7 September 2007 issue of New rules change data retention game
After being bumped from the top backup and recovery software spot last year by BakBone Software, CommVault's Galaxy returns to the winner's circle. Based on user comments from this year's Diogenes Labs–Storage magazine Quality Awards survey for backup and recovery software, most backup software vendors should expect an earful of complaints the next time they visit their customers. The following was typical: "The way they manage and update software licenses on their Web site is a complete joke. Whomever [sic] created that process should be fired after they spend a couple of months on the help line." Other comments weren't so polite. Licensing aside, the very nature of backup contributes to the unsettling feeling some users have about their backup applications because the apps extend to all parts of a storage infrastructure. "Backup products tend to tell you what's wrong with your environment," says Brian Daniels, lead storage area network/Unix engineer at Catholic Health East in Newtown Square, PA. But not all user experiences are so dire. CommVault's Galaxy ... Access >>>
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CommVault Galaxy, EMC Retrospect best of the backup apps
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