CommVault Systems announced that its new Galaxy release 4.1 incorporates "Zero Impact" backup technologies designed to yield faster application-level restores and free host servers from supporting concurrent backup and application processing.
Galaxy is now designed to deliver fast, volume-level backup with little or no impact on the production host, so application performance is not degraded. Incremental or differential backup should move only the changed blocks, which may reduce application interruption time and media usage and increase backup performance.
According to the company, key features of Galaxy's Zero Impact 4.1 release include:
- Zero Impact Support for Unix and Windows: With specific support for Solaris, Windows, Exchange, SQL Server, and Oracle, and including block level incremental backup of Oracle databases, Galaxy 4.1 may offer a backup breakthrough for administrators charged with managing storage in complex, heterogeneous computing environments.
- Management Intelligence to Reduce Processing Loads for Host Servers: Galaxy may free host servers from the I/O overhead associated with managing backups, allowing administrators to maximize enterprise hardware investments.
- Simplified Management of Snap and Third-Party Copy Serverless Data Movement: CommVault's interface may provide a single point of control for managing, scheduling, aging, and cataloging snapshots and management of Third Party Copy based on serverless data movement.
- "Built-in" Software Copy Management: For SAN infrastructures lacking Third Party Copy enabled hardware, Galaxy includes a built-in Software Copy Manager that should allow administrators to leverage current investments in snapshot or serverless data movement technologies, or use CommVault's snapshot technology to provide data protection strategies across mixed storage environments.
- Application-centric Backup and Restoration: CommVault's approach to backup may ensure that a consistent, recoverable, image of the data is protected. Previous software solutions have managed data at the physical storage or "device" layer, without Galaxy's ability to restore data to the level of the individual user application. By minimizing the need for human mediation to restore data to the application level, Galaxy may reduce business process interruptions from hours to minutes.
Other Galaxy benfits that CommVault claims:
- "All-in-one" centralized, browser-based interface is designed to simplify management, training and installation, as well as provide a single, streamlined view of global data resources
- Storage policies enable IT staff to manage SAN, NAS, and LAN data in complex enterprise networks, and span both Windows and Unix platforms
- High-performance, fast data restoration to business users at the application level, including LAN-free, server-free and serverless data protection schemes
- A seamless, unified product built from the ground up to scale in the most popular storage networking environments