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Diligent Cracks Open

Intros virtualized tape backup software for open systems. But can it succeed without Hopkinton?

Backup software startup Diligent Technologies is moving from the mainframe out into the open with the launch of a new virtualized tape backup product for open systems (see Diligent Opens Up Tape Backup).

The Framingham, Mass., company, which has been shipping its mainframe backup tool since November 2002, said today that its new Virtual Tape Facility Open Systems (VTF) software allows companies to back up existing open systems applications to disk -- instead of tape -- without changing the applications or the processes. Diligent was formed last year as a spinoff from EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC) (see EMC Offshoot Lifts the Hood).

"One thing that sets the product apart is that it doesn't change the existing environment," says Mike Parise, Diligent's VP of sales. By emulating tape, he says, the company's software can "fool the server into thinking it has sent data to a tape library."

By moving backup from tape to disk, Diligent says companies can eliminate the mechanical errors inherent to tape libraries, while at the same time shortening the backup and recovery times significantly. This in turn, the company claims, helps lower administrative costs.

And since the software can make multiple servers and arrays spread throughout the network look like a single, large tape library, it greatly simplifies backup management and allows customers to simply scale to meet their growing capacity needs, he says.

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