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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Quality Awards IV: On top again: CommVault Galaxy, EMC Retrospect

Although users gave favorable marks to most enterprise and midrange backup software products, they still have concerns about product complexity and usability. If the results were any tighter, they'd squeak. The 2008 edition of the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards for backup and recovery software recorded lower high scores, but substantially improved low scores. In past surveys, midrange backup products scored significantly lower than enterprise-class products. This year, the enterprise products still rated higher, but the discrepancy was much smaller. CommVault's Galaxy solidified its position as the top enterprise backup product, repeating last year's win and finishing first for the third time in the four years we've conducted the survey. Galaxy's overall winning score of 6.01 came with the slimmest possible margin--.01--to barely nudge out Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co.'s Data Protector. HP has nipped at the winner's heels in past surveys, and its final tally of 6.00 left it just shy of an upset victory. CommVault and ...

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Features in this issue

  • Ask the Experts: RTOs and RPOs

    Is there a standard ratio between RTOs and RPOs, or are they independent of each other?

  • CDP in depth

    Continuous data protection (CDP) technology is now a viable alternative to traditional backup software and storage system-based replication software. But CDP products can vary significantly, especially in the context of different storage architectures. Depending on specific environments, companies may have to evaluate very different criteria before settling on a CDP product.

  • The lure of open-source backup programs

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