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CDP Gets Broad Makeover

With users clamoring for vendors to beef up their CDP offerings, EMC, InMage Systems, and Mendocino are all busy overhauling their data protection software.

InMage got this ball rolling today when it unveiled a slew of enhancements to its DR-Scout product, adding support for VMware, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and 64-bit processors. (See CDP + Replication = DR.)

The startup, which was co-founded by Kumar Mallavalli, one of the founders of Brocade, is attempting to tap into user demand for protecting virtualized applications and software running on 64-bit hardware. (See Exchange Issues Spawn Services, VMware: The Charging Bellwether, and VMware Stirs Virtual Controversy.)

CIOs and IT managers have already urged vendors to add additional functionality to their CDP offerings, citing the challenges of recovering specific applications. (See Users Push for CDP Shapeshift .)

CDP, which monitors write- and log-I/Os with timestamps to enable recovery from any point in time, is gaining momentum amongst users looking for fast data retrieval. The technology, and the market, however are still maturing. (See Insider: Trio Takes DR to Next Level, Oplink Reports Q3, B&S Insider Covers CDP, and IBM Hops CDP Bus.) "This is a hop, skip, and a jump kind of game," explained Arun Taneja, president of analyst firm the Taneja Group, adding that vendors are still filling out their armories.

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