EMC, HP Team on Storage Technology

Storage vendor EMC on Wednesday announced a new data backup and recovery tool that will work together with Hewlett-Packard's OpenView Storage Management applications.

The new software and hardware offering, called EMC Fastrax, is immediately available and performs the resource-intensive movement of backup and recovery data between EMC Symmetrix Enterprise Storage systems and industry standard tape libraries. It combines EMC and third-party software, open application programming interfaces (APIs) and hardware.

According to EMC, Fastrax enables customers using the HP OpenView OmniBack II backup-recovery software application to benefit from investments in existing backup software, human resources and operating procedures.

"Data backup and recovery is one of the most important issue that our customers are engaged in," said Phil Tsihlis, EMC's marketing manger for backup and restore offerings, during a teleconference. "It's really become evident that traditional data backup and recovery are somewhat behind the content growth our customers are facing. Clearly, the technology has not kept up with the content growth."

The target audience for the product is businesses which are currently backing up their data over a LAN (local area network), and the backup process clearly has impacted their production environment. The product is designed for companies with large databases, scaling up and over 1 terabyte, and those using HP's OpenView OmniBack II. EMC Fastrax costs about $US574,000.

Fastrax allows users to perform tape-based backup on large databases with no impact to host servers, applications or data access, EMC said. A backup can take place while production applications are in use. EMC suggests its new product eliminates the need for businesses to purchase large backup servers to manage tape drives. Fastrax reduces the backup server's role to command and control purposes only, the company said.

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