Topio Eyes EMC, IBM in Data Protection Market


With big fish such as EMC and IBM in its sights, Topio unveiled the next generation of its Topio Data Protection Suite (TDPS) to protect against natural and synthetic disasters that threaten data integrity.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company presents an alternative to more expensive storage system replication offerings of larger rivals, allowing users to extend their data protection outside the data center to branch or remote offices that don't have the IT resources or budget to protect themselves.

Founded by former IBM Research engineer Yoram Novick, the software maker hopes to win market share through unique features in TDPS 2.0, including a time-stamping tool that ensures 100 percent data consistency and write-order integrity as the data is replicated to the target site.

According to Betty Woychowski, director of product management at Topio, improved off-host processing and backup support, advanced restore capabilities, modular role-based security, and adaptive data reduction let customers implement disaster recovery and data protection with relative ease.

Woychowski told the new off-host processing and backup support in TDPS 2.0 gives customers the ability to run applications that access and modify data directly from a secondary site's target storage, without the need to create additional copies.

This reduces the amount of storage required to run back-up applications at the secondary site. Once off-host processing or backup is complete, TDPS 2.0 synchronizes the differences from the primary site to the secondary site without compromising data integrity.

In the event of a disaster, Woychowski said business applications resume at a secondary site, letting operations continue without interruption. When the customer wants to resume the applications at the primary site, TDPS 2.0 resynchronizes only the changes at the secondary site.

Competing products reconfigure the entire system, which takes more time and bandwidth. Moreover, unlike other vendors, TDPS performs online or offline synchronization.

Disaster recovery products, to be effective, must come with a measure of security. TDPS 2.0 lets storage administrators privately view or manage their data and role-based security obviates the need for security appliances, saving customers money.

TDPS 2.0 is available now from Topio and resellers. Pricing depends on configuration.

Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Pete Gerr said Topio has distinguished itself from larger competitors like EMC, IBM, HDS and HP by providing software that works with Linux, Unix, Windows and is also hardware and topology agnostic, supporting DAS , NAS and SAN .

"Topio's focus on maintaining data integrity throughout the data path means that customers are more likely to have a successful recovery and that the recovery can be performed more quickly, helping the organization get back to business faster," Gerr told

"Topio's solution is also cost-effective, because it's software-only, but also because after the initial full data set synchronization, it's intelligent enough to replicate only the changed blocks, making efficient use of customer's IP network," Gerr continued.


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