More Than Just Backup


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Backup software vendors are at different stages in integrating their data protection and archiving with search functions. IBM's System Storage Archive Manager (SSAM) is ahead of the pack and an indicator of where most enterprise integrated data protection software will eventually end up. SSAM is a modified version of TSM that makes the deletion of data extremely difficult because it won't permit data deletion on storage managed by the SSAM server before the data's scheduled expiration date.

CommVault adapted the architecture of its backup data store to allow most third-party search engines to access its repository. CommVault currently utilizes the FAST search engine to search the meta data stored in its CommServe database catalog, but has left the door open in its database catalog architecture so it can work with other third-party search engines should corporate search requirements change.

Backup software is evolving to where it can coordinate and manage other data protection features. EMC NetWorker and Symantec Veritas NetBackup currently have the broadest portfolio of data protection options, and recent changes to their data protection licensing should make their software more palatable. But the complexity associated with implementing and managing Veritas NetBackup's and NetWorker's multiple features make simpler data protection suites like

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CA ARCserve and CommVault Simpana more appealing to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

This was first published in February 2008

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