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On the same day as announcing a name change from Workstation Solutions to Reliaty Inc., the Amherst, NH based company also introduced Reliaty Backup, the first data protection software developed on a Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) foundation. Pricing for the product, which will be available in July, starts at $2500.
NDMP is an open standard protocol that promotes interoperability among multiple platforms by providing a simple connection between the data management application and server. By using an agent based system, NDMP allows any device that has an NDMP agent to be backed up to any storage device that has NDMP support.
The platform and product independence of NDMP allows for the backup and recovery of data from any point within a storage environment to any device, regardless of the server and storage platforms or location of the connections. This makes products like Reliaty backup particularly suited to environments where a consistent backup methodology is across a variety of platforms.
For more than 15 years as Workstation Solutions, Reliaty was an early adopter of NDMP and in 1999 delivered Quick Restore for NDMP. The company has been a leader in the NDMP Working Group of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), defining the architecture and standardization of the current version of NDMP, V4, and the next version (V5). Recently, the group responsible for NDMP development broke away from the SNIA and is now working towards becoming a working group of the IETF.
"Data protection software isn't about backing up data. It's about restoring data at the moment it's needed to ensure business continuity," noted Jim Ward, president of Reliaty. "Our goal in creating this new style of data protection software is to provide enterprises with the means they require to keep their business running."
According to the company, Reliaty Backup is the only data protection software to reduce media costs in a heterogeneous environment by offering the ability to intermingle data from different platforms on a single tape. Reliaty Backup optimizes data recovery performance by offering ISO/POSIX compliance, which allows reading and restoration with any standard TAR program; and direct-to-block positioning during recovery.
"Enterprises should favor reliable backup software that can optimize network resource use and speed recovery performance," noted Dan Tanner, senior analyst, storage and storage management, with Aberdeen Group. "Extending NDMP benefits beyond NAS to a wide variety of host system types can present an enterprise with significant savings opportunities in media, capital equipment, and operational costs."
Reliaty Backup incorporates the newest functionality for protecting data, including a Web browser management interface and compliance with NDMP V4, the latest release of the standard, as well as V2 and V3.
Reliaty Backup's Web browser interface allows remote administration, operation, and diagnosis over the Internet or an intranet, shortening the learning curve for administrators and maximizing ROI. The identical Web browser interface on UNIX and Windows reduces training requirements in mixed environments.