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Avamar Rolls the Tape

Avamar has revamped its disk-based backup software to work with, rather than replace, tape backup. (See Avamar Transforms Data Protection.)

The company is one of a new breed of backup vendor to emerge in the last few years preaching that the end was near for tape. (See Disk Backup's in a Crunch, Avamar Advances, and Data Domain Gets Compressed.) And while new disk technologies, cheaper disk drives, and recent security problems have put tape on the ropes, enterprises are nonetheless committed to keeping it, at least for archiving.

Avemar uses data compression to speed backup and recovery by only transferring data that has not been previously stored. But like another compression-based startup, Data Domain, Avamars Axion product was made to replace tape rather than work alongside it. And that required tape users to make two backup copies and manage the backups separately.

Introduced today, Avamar’s Axion 3.5 tries to play nice with tape by allowing customers to manage their Avamar and tape backups from one interface.

Axion will work better with backup software from leading vendors such as Symantec, EMC, IBM, and CommVault, but it requires installing one of the tape backup agents on the media server running Axion or separate Linux blades. That allows customers to see information from tape and Axion backups from Axion’s management interface. They also can back up data from Axion servers to tape for archiving, and restore that data without using Axion.

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