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CommVault Recasts QiNetix

Don't try to stereotype CommVault Systems Inc. It's looking to break out of its niche as a backup software player by enhancing its QiNetix suite -- but it's refusing to call its strategy information lifecycle management (ILM). [Ed. note: Thank you!]

CommVault next week will launch the first major upgrade to its three-year old QiNetix suite, including enhanced recovery capabilities, automated archiving, and data migration. QiNetix has succeeded in the backup market, but the vendor's looking to improve its reputation as a storage management package.

CommVault's stopping short of saying QiNetix is ILM, however. Even though it's meant to help companies deal with compliance issues and take advantage of cheaper disk for backup and archiving, marketing VP Larry Cormier thinks the term is overused. We’re shying away from saying it’s an ILM product,” he says. He thinks the term "tiered storage" is more appealing.

QiNetix’s new Recovery Director is at the heart of its beefed up tiered storage capabilities. The director lets users automate snapshot management, allowing them to set policies for migrating data to disk or tape or deleting it.

Whatever it calls its wares, CommVault is looking to make up ground on the dominant storage sofware players, primarily Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) and EMC Corp./Legato (NYSE: EMC).

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