HP launches new archiving, data protection tools

HP has launched new tools to help businesses archive, access and protect data.

Its new StorageWorks Continuous Information Capture software employs continuous data protection (CDP) technology, which backs up enterprise data whenever changes are made so that in the case of a file corruption, the most recent, clean copy of a file can be recovered. The software is set to ship in the second half of the year.

"This is our first step with this new technology, but we see plenty of opportunity for it to be embedded into backup, replication, data migration and archival products in the future," vice-president and general manager of ILM and storage software for HP's StorageWorks Division, Frank Harbist, said.

HP also rolled out new archiving software, called StorageWorks Reference Information Manager for Files, which allows the capture of files on Windows desktops or file servers. It will be available in the third quarter of the year.

HP, which already offers archiving software for email and databases, will ship a new version of its database archiving tool in May, which is based on technology it acquired from OuterBay Technologies. The next version of the software, which is used to relocate infrequently used data to an archive database where it is still accessible, will enable automatic migration and conversion of tables within an operational database into open XML format.

HP archiving applications are designed to connect to its StorageWorks Reference Information Storage System (RISS). With a new version of RISS set to ship in June, HP is adding new technology called block-level single instancing, which it said will decrease storage demands by enabling incremental changes in files to be saved instead of the whole file. HP will also double the capacity of RISS to 1.4TB.