Mendocino Software Offers Dual-Mode Continuous Data Protection

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Mendocino Software has announced it has added ôdual-modeö continuous data protection support to its InfiniView product.

InfiniView is an optimized enterprise application recovery, administration and maintenance product that offers end users a flexible solution. It can be configured to provide optimal recovery granularity when it is most important (ôtrue CDPö) while saving on storage capacity when less recovery granularity is acceptable (ônear CDPö).

Either mode supports the immediate creation of disk-based data ôviews.ö MendocinoÆs dual-mode support also allows users to easily switch between modes in an online manner.

True CDP refers to the real-time capture of each block- or file-level write operation, allowing users to roll back to any point in time to recover information. Near CDP offers less granular recovery of data, supporting potentially many recovery points per hour but not allowing the retroactive creation of any previous point in time.

The two technologies generally have been implemented quite differently. As a result, only true-CDP technology could be configured to offer dual-mode support. Near-CDP vendors are unable to support this capability without wholesale changes to their productsÆ architectures and the way it captures data, the company says.

InfiniView users can configure their product to support true CDP for optimal recovery granularity or near CDP to save on storage space. They can do this while still providing significantly more recovery points than conventional technologies. Or they can use both modes simultaneously. For instance, they can use true CDP during the first several days after data is created, but, as it ages, allow closer to near-CDP to take advantage of storage savings.

When CDP is used for recovery purposes, maximum recovery granularity is most important during the first several days after data is created. As data ages, however, the level of granularity required to support most restore requirements is reduced.

ôInfiniViewÆs ability to support mixed mode operation allows customers to effectively extend the length of the 'historical view window' by more effectively using a given amount of storage capacity and yet still meet their most stringent near-term recovery requirements,ö said Steve Colman, president and CEO of Mendocino.

ôThis allows us to offer our customers a more cost-effective solution to providing unlimited access to copies of their production data.ö

ôDebate in the industry between those who insist on the superiority of true CDPÆs better recovery granularity versus those who say that near CDP offers enough protection more cost-effectively has now been rendered moot with the introduction of MendocinoÆs dual-mode CDP support,ö said Arun Taneja, founder and senior analyst of The Taneja Group.

ôNo longer do users have to decide on whether to purchase a CDP solution that offers maximum data recoverability or one that helps save on storage capacity and costs. With InfiniView they get the best of both worlds, offering significant value propositions in data protection and recovery as well as administration and maintenance for enterprise applications,öhe said.

About InfiniView

InfiniView is a comprehensive enterprise secondary data management solution, providing both continuous data protection and optimized application management. InfiniViewÆs architecture is designed to scale to meet data capture and view presentation loads independently.

InfiniViewÆs dual-engine architecture can potentially place the front-end data capture function and the back-end view presentation function onto two different engines. Users have the option to either maintain both engines on a single appliance or to seamlessly scale up, as needed, on either the number of front-end or backend appliances necessary to meet more frequent needs for either data capture or data viewing and presentation.

InfiniView technology includes transparent, continuous data capture and the ability to present one or more ôviewsö as readable, writable, recoverable snapshots to any selected previous point in time.

Views can be used to optimize recovery or to decouple a variety of secondary data management tasks in the areas of test, development, data analytics, reporting, audit and compliance, data migration, data staging or others from production environments.

This allows administrators to perform data protection operations without impacting production applications. It also allows them to optimize recovery while minimizing data loss and shrinking recovery time to minutes for even large applications. It also provides administrators with significantly more flexibility in handling administrative and maintenance operations for any open systems application environment. It allows them to create a view of any selected previous point in time to occur whenever desired so that these tasks can be scheduled whenever convenient rather than whenever business operations allow.

About Mendocino Software
Mendocino Software develops and markets optimized enterprise application recovery, administration and maintenance solutions. The privately held company is funded by Mayfield, Accel Partners, Advent International, Foundation Capital and a strategic corporate investor. HP is re-branding Mendocino's InfiniView as HP StorageWorks CIC, and is selling, servicing and supporting CIC on a worldwide basis. An overview of HP StorageWorks CIC is available on HPÆs web site at http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/cics/. Mendocino is headquartered in Fremont, Calif.

Mendocino Software has announced it has added ôdual-modeö continuous data protection support to its InfiniView product.

InfiniView is an optimized enterprise application recovery, administration and maintenance product that offers end users a flexible solution. It can be configured to provide optimal recovery granularity when it is most important (ôtrue CDPö) while saving on storage capacity when less recovery granularity is acceptable (ônear CDPö).

Either mode supports the immediate creation of disk-based data ôviews.ö MendocinoÆs dual-mode support also allows users to easily switch between modes in an online manner.

True CDP refers to the real-time capture of each block- or file-level write operation, allowing users to roll back to any point in time to recover information. Near CDP offers less granular recovery of data, supporting potentially many recovery points per hour but not allowing the retroactive creation of any previous point in time.

The two technologies generally have been implemented quite differently. As a result, only true-CDP technology could be configured to offer dual-mode support. Near-CDP vendors are unable to support this capability without wholesale changes to their productsÆ architectures and the way it captures data, the company says.

InfiniView users can configure their product to support true CDP for optimal recovery granularity or near CDP to save on storage space. They can do this while still providing significantly more recovery points than conventional technologies. Or they can use both modes simultaneously. For instance, they can use true CDP during the first several days after data is created, but, as it ages, allow closer to near-CDP to take advantage of storage savings.

When CDP is used for recovery purposes, maximum recovery granularity is most important during the first several days after data is created. As data ages, however, the level of granularity required to support most restore requirements is reduced.

ôInfiniViewÆs ability to support mixed mode operation allows customers to effectively extend the length of the 'historical view window' by more effectively using a given amount of storage capacity and yet still meet their most stringent near-term recovery requirements,ö said Steve Colman, president and CEO of Mendocino.

ôThis allows us to offer our customers a more cost-effective solution to providing unlimited access to copies of their production data.ö

ôDebate in the industry between those who insist on the superiority of true CDPÆs better recovery granularity versus those who say that near CDP offers enough protection more cost-effectively has now been rendered moot with the introduction of MendocinoÆs dual-mode CDP support,ö said Arun Taneja, founder and senior analyst of The Taneja Group.

ôNo longer do users have to decide on whether to purchase a CDP solution that offers maximum data recoverability or one that helps save on storage capacity and costs. With InfiniView they get the best of both worlds, offering significant value propositions in data protection and recovery as well as administration and maintenance for enterprise applications,öhe said.

About InfiniView

InfiniView is a comprehensive enterprise secondary data management solution, providing both continuous data protection and optimized application management. InfiniViewÆs architecture is designed to scale to meet data capture and view presentation loads independently.

InfiniViewÆs dual-engine architecture can potentially place the front-end data capture function and the back-end view presentation function onto two different engines. Users have the option to either maintain both engines on a single appliance or to seamlessly scale up, as needed, on either the number of front-end or backend appliances necessary to meet more frequent needs for either data capture or data viewing and presentation.

InfiniView technology includes transparent, continuous data capture and the ability to present one or more ôviewsö as readable, writable, recoverable snapshots to any selected previous point in time.

Views can be used to optimize recovery or to decouple a variety of secondary data management tasks in the areas of test, development, data analytics, reporting, audit and compliance, data migration, data staging or others from production environments.

This allows administrators to perform data protection operations without impacting production applications. It also allows them to optimize recovery while minimizing data loss and shrinking recovery time to minutes for even large applications. It also provides administrators with significantly more flexibility in handling administrative and maintenance operations for any open systems application environment. It allows them to create a view of any selected previous point in time to occur whenever desired so that these tasks can be scheduled whenever convenient rather than whenever business operations allow.

About Mendocino Software
Mendocino Software develops and markets optimized enterprise application recovery, administration and maintenance solutions. The privately held company is funded by Mayfield, Accel Partners, Advent International, Foundation Capital and a strategic corporate investor. HP is re-branding Mendocino's InfiniView as HP StorageWorks CIC, and is selling, servicing and supporting CIC on a worldwide basis. An overview of HP StorageWorks CIC is available on HPÆs web site at http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/cics/. Mendocino is headquartered in Fremont, Calif.

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