CA BrightStor links costs with data usage

CA said its latest version of BrightStor Enterprise Backup offers policy-based management of backup functions, which links the business value of data to the costs of storage.

Computer Associates International Inc. has announced the availability of BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5, a new version of CA's enterprise backup and restore software. The new version links storage hardware costs directly to stored data.

The Islandia, N.Y., software company said that the latest incarnation of its BrightStor Enterprise Backup provides policy-based management of backup functions, so that storage administrators can assign value to different types of information across the enterprise and link data to appropriate storage resources. This is a process that CA claims minimizes business risk and the cost of storage infrastructure.

Ed Cooper, the company's BrightStor Solutions product manager, said that CA has gone back to the drawing board since the last release of BrightStor Enterprise Backup.

One of the new features of BrightStor Enterprise Backup is the ability to manage existing BrightStor ArcServe applications typically associated with workgroups. "Now, from Enterprise Backup, we can manage the entire operation using one single console," Cooper said. He added that users can now migrate data from departmental environments up to the data center through policy-based management, templates and wizards.

Integration was big on CA's to-do list for version 10.5. CA customers can use BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5 to manage everything on the raised floor with a CA brand, including BrightStor ArcServe Backup version 9 environments, Storage Resource Manager and CA's eTrust Antivirus.

David Hill, vice president of storage research at Boston-based Aberdeen Group Inc., said that CA has boosted its backup capabilities to ensure that it has all of its bases covered when it comes to the enterprise-level backup and restore market.

Hill said that BrightStor Enterprise Backup assigns "protection resources to data selectively, based on well-defined risk factors." He said BrightStor Portal provides the integrating interface and the individual products to meet the needs of the different operating system platforms.

He said the IT industry is returning to a centralized computing model. "Centralized IT should have economies of scale and be able to have professional support for specialized tasks, whereas smaller organizations could not afford it," he said. "One advantage of this approach is that it can help IT think about the value of different data and apply a backup [and] restore strategy as appropriate."

Hill said CA calls its approach "risk mitigation." "Although many IT organizations are going to take awhile to [start] thinking in these terms, I think that, eventually, they are going to have to learn to think that way," he said.

CA integrated the latest release with its entire product line as well as third-party software applications that enable features like data snapshot capability.

Some of the names on the third-party guest list include EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Hitachi Data Systems, and Microsoft Corp., all of which provide snapshot image technology, and Iron Mountain, with its offsite vaulting services.

BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5 supports storage policy definition from a centralized console across Unix, Linux, NetWare, OpenVMS and Windows Server 2003 platforms, as well as Windows 2000 and NT.

CA also claimed some speed jumps over previous releases of BrightStor Enterprise Backup. Last fall, Version 10.5 was clocked at 2.6 terabytes per hour during an archival backup of a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 database running on Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. CA said BrightStor Enterprise Backup's restore performance achieved a sustained rate of 2.2 TB/hr.

BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5 is available from CA and CA's network of enterprise storage partners.

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