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Curtains Rise on Simpana

Backup vendor CommVault has overhauled its core software solution, adding single instancing, Web search, and content-indexing features in an attempt to streamline users' back-end storage. (See CommVault Intros Simpana.)

CommVault, which filed for IPO last year, unveiled a souped-up version of its QiNetix software today, dubbed Simpana. (See CommVault Swims in Public Pool and CommVault's One Step Closer.)

"We have been working on this release for 18 months," says Dave West, the vendor's vice president of marketing and business development, highlighting the addition of Single Instance Store (SIS), as a way for IT managers and CIOs to reduce the bulk of their backed-up data.

Simpana uses agents to backup data between storage servers and disk arrays. "We can, in essence, reduce the number of duplicate copies across multiple clients," says West, although he would not quote a typical data reduction ratio for the SIS feature. "It's very dependent on the file size and the amount of time that you run the product."

A number of vendors, including FalconStor, Data Domain, and Diligent are touting de-duplication technologies, which aim to ensure that the same information is not stored in two places. (See Timecruiser, FalconStor Launches SIR, Data Domain Goes Public, Diligent Unveils SME Solutions.)

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