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Another SSP to market its technology as software suite

EVault will now sell its proprietary backup and recovery software commercially. The move does mimic a trend among SSPs to focus on selling their in-house technology outside their service customer base.

Backup and recovery service provider EVault Inc., Walnut Creek, Calif., has transplanted the heart of its outsourced online backup and recovery services into a new standalone software suite.

EVault, which has traditionally been a disk-based data protection and recovery service provider, is now selling the InfoStage software suite to mid-tier organizations in need of data protection and migration.

EVault is not the first storage service provider to offer its technology as a software product. Earlier this year, Waltham, Mass.-based StorageNetworks Inc. and Southborough, Mass.-based Storability Inc. both made their storage management application platforms commercially available.

InfoStage was designed to automatically manage backup operations to disk-based arrays over EVault's data transport technologies.

The company said InfoStage trumps traditional tape backups by minimizing the time required to restore data; it does so by keeping backups online. EVault also said that InfoStage reduces the cost of data backup by utilizing existing storage devices at centralized locations rather than requiring additional hardware.

Alston Noah, EVault's CEO, said he does not believe the storage industry is addressing the needs of users who manage between 100G bytes and 2T bytes of backup data.

"Users [with that amount of data] don't want to invest in a software license," he said.

"EVault is unique in that it allows for integrated deployment of multiple tiers of backup data which can be used locally or from a remote site using disk storage rather than tape storage," said Anne Skamarock, senior analyst with Enterprise Management Associates Inc., Boulder, Colo.

Many of EVault's competitors also offer disk-to-disk backup, but Skamarock said they do not provide the necessary software and hardware integration that EVault offers.

She said some vendors, like Legato Systems Inc., Mountain View, Calif., are moving in the same direction as EVault. "It remains to be seen how well the integration is done," she said. "That's the hardest part of working with legacy code."

Despite its new focus on software, EVault is still building out its service offerings throughout North America. Last month the company acquired Huntsville, Ala.-based Arceo Inc., a service company specializing in data backup, storage and recovery. As a result of the deal, EVault will house an electronic vault in Birmingham, Ala., and absorb Arceo's assets, including sales and technical support. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ray Ganong, EVault's chief technology officer, said the company is looking at bundling InfoStage with a storage appliance, but he declined to mention which hardware vendors might team with EVault on the project.

EVault InfoStage uses four encryption algorithms, including AES, 112-bit triple DES, 128-bit Blowfish and 256-bit DES, to encrypt data at every stage of the backup and recovery process.

According to the company, all transferred files are assembled in system independent data format (SIDF). SIDF files backed up from a server running one supported operating system (OS) can be restored to a server or device running a second supported OS. InfoStage supports the Microsoft Windows XP, NT, NT Server and 2000 operating systems, as well as Novell NetWare, Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, IBM AIX and HP-UX.

Let us know what you think about the story; e-mail Kevin Komiega, News Writer


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