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HP Picks Mendocino

Hewlett-Packard will make continuous data protection (CDP) a big piece of its enterprise backup strategy next year, through an OEM deal with Mendocino Software. But there are signs the move may have limited appeal with customers.

HP is the second large storage company to strike a deal with Mendocino. EMC will announce its OEM deal with Mendocino next week at the Storage Networking World tradeshow. (See Mendocino Cops $18M and CDP: An OEM Game.)

HP will resell Mendocinos RecoveryOne CDP appliance in the first quarter of 2006, according to HP senior director of ILM Paul O’Brien. The company plans a rebranded HP version in mid-2006, and it will eventually embed Mendocino’s CDP technology in other products.

Like other CDP products, RecoveryOne captures all changes made to data and allows users to restore from any good version of a document or application in case of a system or media failure. RecoveryOne also allows users to go back to specific events, such as the point before a patch was installed, or the end of the last fiscal quarter. (See Mendocino Makes an Event of CDP.)

Up to now, HP has offered a NAS server based on Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM), a “near-CDP” product that uses frequent snapshots to store Windows files but does not continuously back them up. (See HP Bundles Up With MS.) EMC hasn’t fully revealed its CDP strategy, but appears to be headed in the same direction as HP. EMC is taking a frequent snapshot approach for Windows files and applications with its Legato RepliStor and will build CDP into enterprise applications.

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