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IBM Bulks Up Data Protection

IBM has added flesh to the bones of the data protection technology it acquired when it bought Israeli startup FilesX for a rumored $90 million earlier this year, overhauling its Windows CDP story.

We’re now able to announce IBM’s branded versions of the FilesX technology,” says Rich Vining, product manager for the vendor’s Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software, explaining that the startup’s Xpress Restore is no more. “The new product name will be TSM FastBack.”

TSM FastBack now performs CDP for Windows, whereas, previously, TSM could only perform Windows backups once a day.

“There are [also] some tweaks here and there to improve the integration with TSM,” says Vining. “It’s to improve the ability of TSM to kick off backups for data protection.”

FilesX competes with Symantec, Availl, and Double-Take, which bought CDP specialist TimeSpring last year, and is now part of IBM’s long-term strategy to extend the reach of TSM.

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