Little Yosemite Goes For Big


Back-up storage provider Yosemite Technologies has decided to focus on the enterprise space, unveiling a software application and throwing its hat into a competitive ring led by Veritas .

Yosemite Backup Advanced is the first in a family of storage solutions the San Jose, Calif., concern will be crafting to serve the backup needs of businesses with as few as one to as many as thousands of servers.

Shipping now, the suite features a Master Server, priced at $3,499, that contains the catalog and manages all backup servers in the network. Backup and recovery protection is extended through additional media and client servers.

To make headway among the backup software vendors like Veritas, Commvault, Legato and BakBone, Backup Advanced also brings new technology to the table at a lower cost, said John Maxwell, senior vice president of product management at Yosemite.

The company unveiled D2D2Ne (Disk-to-Disk-to-Any), a tool that allows users to create virtual tape libraries for flexible disk-to-disk-to-tape backup; Self Tuning Logic, which provides data transfer for backup and restore jobs on the fly; and a catalog that tracks billions of files, self-healing as it operates to stave off the damage potential of corrupt files.

Moreover, Backup Advanced is operating-system and hardware agnostic, meaning data can be transferred from disparate servers or desktops, to any disk, tape or CD/DVD.

These are new technologies that Veritas, Commvault and other players in the space don't provide at this point, Maxwell said. On the cost issue, a Gartner study found that a Yosemite Advanced Backup solution cost much less than comparable installations from those of rivals.

For example, in an installation of 200 application servers, 50 Unix servers and 150 Windows servers, Yosemite cost roughly $270,000 while Veritas and Commvault were $700,000 and $550,000, respectively. Yosemite can do this because it sells through the channel sans services.

The company's turn as an enterprise provider is a significant change. Just a couple of years ago, the company supplied backup products to HP, Dell and others as an OEM provider, staying out of the limelight while making good money, Maxwell said. The fact that the company has gone full bore into the enterprise speaks to the change in market conditions, too.

As more and more files need to be backed up and archived, due largely to corporate governance and rules like Sarbanes-Oxley, customers are looking for cost-effective products and new technologies as a change of pace from the current offerings on the market.

The pulse of the backup and archive software market remains strong, growing 9.5 percent year over year from 2003 to 2004, according to the latest research from IDC. The research firm said a convergence of backup software and storage replication will help drive the market over the next few years.


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