CA upgrades LifeGuard to BrightStor

Computer Associates International Inc. on Tuesday announced the availability of its BrightStor Mobile Backup software here at Internet World Fall 2001.

BrightStor is a refreshed and re-branded version of CA's LifeGuard backup software, client/server software designed to assist mobile workers in protecting files stored on laptop computers by backing the data up to an assigned file server.

BrightStor Mobile Backup offers two new features not previously available with LifeGuard: Open File Backup and Byte-Level Change, said Phil Treide, the vice president of marketing for storage products with CA, based in Islandia, N.Y.

Open File Backup enables users to program the software to backup files to a remote server even though the file being backed up may be in use by an application, Treide said.

Byte-Level Change gives BrightStor the ability to backup only the data that has been modified, Treide said. This function speeds backup time and reduces the need for high-bandwidth connections when backing up data to the server.

The initial, full-system backup performed by BrightStor users when setting up the product records the entire system image of the laptop client. This full backup, and all updates and modifications to it, can be used to fully recover a user's system images and preferences if a laptop is stolen or destroyed, Treide said.

BrightStor is targeted at Windows-based clients and servers. Pricing varies by the number of client systems being used, Treide said.

Internet World Fall 2001 takes place at New York's Javits Convention Center Dec. 10-14.

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