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Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010

CommVault wins best enterprise storage array, Acronis takes midrange honor

CommVault returned to the winner's circle in our Quality Awards for backup and recovery software for the fourth time as Acronis emerged as a new winner among midrange backup apps. CommVault Systems Inc.'s Simpana suite of data protection apps is beginning to look like the 1927 New York Yankees of enterprise backup and recovery software, with yet another impressive win in our Quality Awards service and reliability survey. Users gave the company's flagship product the highest scores in four of the five rating categories on our survey and put CommVault back into the winner's circle for the fourth time in the five rounds of our survey. "CommVault is hands-down the best software I've ever encountered," noted one very pleased respondent. Among midrange backup and recovery software products, the competition had been highlighted by a nearly as dominating performance by EMC Corp.'s Retrospect, which snagged top honors in three of our four previous surveys, including the last two. But Retrospect's run was snapped as the product failed to ...

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Features in this issue

  • Companies are better prepared for disasters

    More than 50% of the respondents to our disaster recovery (DR) survey are very confident that their DR plans will save their company from disaster. But one-third don't even test their plans.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup is too hard

    Storage environments are getting more complex, which makes data protection even tougher. While backup software does more these days, it's still frustrating the hell out of users.

  • Are more Symantec OST-like APIs needed?

    One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.

  • NFS a good match for VMware

    by  Tony Asaro

    With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but there may be a better alternative.

  • Virtual servers and their impact on data storage

    Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne opines on how almost every IT shop has virtualized at least some of its servers, shifting much of the burden of server consolidation onto data storage systems.