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Catalogic hopes to bury backup with ECX copy data management

Software maker believes backup can be a thing of the past if users leverage snapshots for data protection using copy data management products

Catalogic has announced general availability of its ECX version 2.0 copy data management software.

Catalogic operates in broadly the same area as Actifio, which this week added cloud functionality to its product, but takes a different approach – one it hopes will make traditional backup redundant.

While Actifio slims down the amount of copies of data held across the organisation to the fewest possible, Catalogic simply indexes the data that is there on – currently only NetApp – snapshots.

It can provide a high-level view of an organisation’s data from agentless virtual machine-deployed software within 15 minutes or provide a file level analysis overnight.

Catalogic’s focus is on data held on snapshots, charges by the storage controller and is currently limited to customers that run NetApp hardware and snapshot functionality.

What it promises customers is that they can automate copy data workflows from creation, through usage, to expiration and reclamation, as well as leveraging snapshots to recover data from them and to orchestrate, for example, disaster recovery functionality such as failover and recovery.

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CEO Ed Walsh said the Catalogic view is that customers should be able to use snapshots that they already take and retain as the basis of data protection and disaster recovery (for recently changed data) while tape is used as a longer-term medium.

“Tape’s not dead – it’s a good archive medium but it’s not a good backup and recovery technology," he said. And now disk has been put in front of tape for backup and we’ve often got a situation that’s as complex as primary storage. So, why not use snapshots?”

Walsh said Catalogic plans for its software to run in Microsoft Hyper-V by the end of the second quarter of 2015 and for compatibility with two further storage array makers’ hardware by the end of the year. It can already run from Amazon Web Services Docker containers.

Charges range from $5,000 per controller for a FAS2000 series NetApp filer to $20,000 for a FAS8000.

Catalogic claims to have just more than 1,000 customers.

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