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To help you narrow the field, there are three general approaches being pursued by CDP vendors today. They are multiplatform, platform-centric and application-specific.

MULTIPLATFORM. The vendors in this category, Mendocino Software and Revivio, have taken a bottom-up approach to CDP. Their goal is to develop a block-based CDP engine

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with the broadest applicability possible across the widest range of computing platforms and applications. Users with large, mission-critical database deployments--especially those that span multiple operating platforms--should start their CDP implementation projects by evaluating multiplatform CDP products.

PLATFORM-CENTRIC. The products in this category from TimeSpring Software Corp. and XOsoft Inc. are deeply integrated into the Windows platform and support a wide range of Microsoft applications, including Windows file servers, SQL Server and Exchange. These products will appeal to users who want to leverage a single technology base across as many of their applications as possible. This is especially true for medium-sized companies seeking a comparatively economical entry into application-enabled recovery.

APPLICATION-SPECIFIC. The CDP vendors in this category have a narrower focus than those in the platform-centric group, opting to develop a deeply integrated solution for one particular application. The main application that's targeted in this category is Microsoft Exchange. Notable application-specific vendors include FilesX Inc., Mimosa Systems Inc. and Storactive.

This was first published in November 2005

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