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Computer Associates International Inc. (CA)'s (NYSE: CA) BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5 could come straight out of George Orwell's Animal Farm: "All data is equal, but some data is more equal than others."

CA says that besides improving performance and management, the latest version of the software helps companies give preferential treatment to their valuable and business-critical data.

BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5, which the company started shipping last week, provides policy-based management functions that allow storage administrators to assign more resources for protecting important data, like sensitive personnel records, and fewer resources for stuff like email messages. This discrimination can help companies avoid spending tens of thousands of dollars backing up data that's worth just a fraction of that, according to CA.

The new software also includes CA's BrightStor portal technology, which provides common management and cross-server reporting for all enterprise storage resources (see CA Ships BrightStor Portal).

"Companies can centrally manage, from a single window, their entire backup environment," says Ed Cooper, product manager for BrightStor Solutions.

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