IT Heavies Reshape CDP

The market for continuous data protection (CDP) products continues to undergo significant changes

July 10, 2006

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NEW YORK -- The market for continuous data protection (CDP) products continues to undergo significant changes, as startup specialists and incumbent vendors scramble to define CDP's place in the overall storage and data security hierarchy, according a new report published by Byte and Switch Insider (, a subscription service of Light Reading Inc. (

"Continuous Data Protection: A Market Update" identifies the key developments affecting the market positioning of CDP and analyzes the main points of contention among vendors in this emerging product sector. The report explores a variety of questions surrounding the CDP sector, including:

  • The entrance of major incumbent vendors including EMC, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Symantec

  • Pros and cons of "pure CDP" and "near-CDP" approaches

  • Network-based vs. host-based CDP

  • File-level, block-level, and application-specific CDP

  • The importance of write order fidelity

  • Use of in-band vs. out-of-band designs

The report also identifies and analyzes a full range of technology, deployment, and market factors affecting enterprise use of CDP systems, including:

  • Importance of full-blown CDP to specific applications

  • Key differences between "pure CDP" and "near-CDP," and how those differences affect system cost and effectiveness

  • Efforts by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) to create standards that define CDP

Key findings of the report include:

  • CDP vendors are struggling for mainstream adoption of their products by enterprise users

  • Debate continues to rage over exactly what constitutes "continuous data protection"

  • "Pure CDP" advocates adhere to the stringent requirement that a CDP system provide infinite point-in-time recovery

  • "Near-CDP" systems allow for data restoration to specific points in time through the creation of data snapshots

  • EMC, Microsoft, and Symantec are among the suppliers advocating the near-CDP approach to data recovery

  • Market activity suggests that CDP will be incorporated as a feature of larger data protection platforms

"Continuous Data Protection: A Market Update" is available as part of an annual subscription (12 monthly issues) to Byte and Switch Insider, priced at $1,350. Individual reports are available for $900.

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Dennis Mendyk
Managing Director
Heavy Reading
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About Light ReadingReaching a core audience of more than 917,000 enterprise IT managers and executives, Light Reading Inc. publishes Light Reading, the leading global content site for the telecom industry; Byte and Switch, a storage networking site; Unstrung, dedicated to wireless networking; DarkReading, an IT security site; and Cable Digital News, covering the cable industry's evolving communications infrastructure. Light Reading is also affiliated with, a market research site offering quantitative analysis of telecom technology to carriers, service providers, and vendors. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005, and operates as a unit of CMP Technology.

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