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Vol. 6 No. 4 June 2007

CDP gains ground one app at a time

Continuous data protection (CDP) has languished despite its benefits over traditional backup methods. Storage managers are concerned about the additional overhead it would entail and its "lack of integration with their other data protection software such as backup, replication, snapshot, etc.," says Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting, Beaverton, OR. Still, there are signs CDP may be making some inroads in the data center. "Email has become such a huge repository for all types of information and data exchange," says Nate Buscher, director of IT at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) in San Diego. "We needed something even more disaster-proof than nightly backups." Buscher deployed TimeSpring Software's TimeData to protect the center's Exchange data, saving all changes to a repository in another building on its campus. SKCC has used TimeData for more than two years and "in that time it has saved our butts twice," says Buscher. In one case, misconfigured antivirus software corrupted the Exchange database; Microsoft ...

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