IBM has added electronic data transfer capabilities, or native replication, to its ProtecTIER Deduplication product line.
The software is designed to improve data protection and business continuity. It electronically transmits de-duplicated data to remote sites, reducing bandwidth demand and eliminating the need to transport and store tapes to a remote site.
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Replication protects mission-critical remotely. However, the high bandwidth and storage costs of keeping data online meant it was reserved for the most critical applications and data.
IBM said only a small amount of unique data is sent across the network at any time. This enables a large amount of data to be transmitted with minimal bandwidth. The cost reduction means electronic replication is now viable for all applications, IBM said.
Native replication will be available September 4, 2009 and will be an optional. additionally priced feature. A software upgrade will be available for all existing TS7650G ProtecTIER Deduplication Gateway and TS7650 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance configurations.