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NetApp Repackages Topio

Nearly six months after its $160 million purchase of Topio, Network Appliance has repackaged the startup's replication software, adding a marketing twist toward its own products. (See NetApp Re-Releases Topio and NetApp Grabs Topio.)

Topio's Data Protection Suite (TDPS) has morphed into ReplicatorX, which remains software for rackmounted Windows, Unix, or Linux servers connected to virtually any form of SAN.

But the message has changed: While users once publicized their use of Topio's product to set up disaster recovery and even tiered storage in heterogeneous SAN environments, NetApp's pushing the latest iteration as an adjunct to its own ONTAP operating system. (See Outpatient Svcs Firm Replicates With Topio and Brick Maker Uses Topio .)

NetApp still sees ReplicatorX as a solution for "any to any" disaster recovery or data migration, but it's billing the package for use in test and development environments, along with NetApp's FlexClone replicator for NetApp gear.

"Because of the value that NetApp storage brings to the table in the form of FlexClone, the company focuses on the message of replicating production data from non-NetApp to NetApp storage and then use FlexClone technology to create rapid, storage-free clones for test/dev," writes a NetApp spokesperson in an email today.

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