Mendocino Software unveils continuous data protection

Mendocino Software, one of a handful of start-ups, this week announced its first product for protecting applications, databases and file systems running on enterprise-size networks.

RecoveryONE can recover applications and data to any previous point in time or any business process.

The software, which runs on a Windows server, enables event-driven recovery. For example, if a company had just closed its books two hours before a failure, RecoveryONE would allow the company to roll back data to before the closing of the books.

RecoveryONE has a policy engine that allows IT to establish eventsand select optimal recovery points for any failure.

Mendocino created RecoveryONE after acquiring technology from Vyant. The company marketed Vyant's continuous data protection (CDP) software and talked to users about their recovery needs. From those discussions, Mendocino developed RecoveryONE.

The RecoveryONE software runs on an out-of-band, server appliance connected to the Fibre Channel storage-area network. It supports a variety of storage systems.

The market for CDP software and appliances is growing quickly as customers are demanding products that let them recover data instantly. The start-ups in the market are Revivio, Mimosa Systems, TimeSpring and XOSoft. Even larger, more established storage vendors have CDP or near-CDP offerings. Among them are IBM, HP, Microsoft and Symantec. Sun claims to have a CDP product next quarter.

RecoveryONE will be sold through storage OEMs such as EMC and IBM. Mendocino claims it has signed two OEM partners. Source say one of those OEMs is EMC, who has said they will introduce a CDP product in the fourth quarter. RecoveryONE is available now.

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