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IBM Hops CDP Bus

IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM)
will jump into the continuous data protection (CDP) game next month with a product aimed at backing up laptop and remote sites.

IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files offers what the name implies: It backs up files, but not applications like databases or email. Although it works with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager to back up servers, IBM is aiming mostly for laptops and remote users at large companies. It plans to begin shipping the product in mid September.

IBMs CDP lacks the functionality of more sophisticated early CDP products from startups, but Big Blue beats its major backup rivals such as EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC)
and Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) to the punch with its release. IBM also is pushing out its CDP before Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) begins shipping its “near-CDP” file backup Data Protection Manager product (see Microsoft Backs Up on CDP Claim).

While backup vendors have spent a lot of time talking about CDP in recent months, IBM had been quiet until today. However, IBM’s CDP product had been part of its Alphaworks early beta program under the name VitalFile since last November.

CDP product manager Chris Stakutis says IBM has more CDP to come. “This is the first CDP product we’re bringing forward, because the assets we’re most interested in protecting are files,” he says. Stakutis adds that IBM will eventually tackle CDP for block data and applications, possibly through a partnership with startups already offering that (see CDP: An OEM Game).

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