Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Quest vRanger Ups Virtualized Backup And Replication Capabilities

Quest Software has announced a new version of its vRanger Data Protection Platform for virtualized systems that integrates backup and replication by incorporating the capabilities of the company's vReplicator. Other features in version 5.0 include a simplified, lower-cost version of the product aimed at the lower end of the small to midsize business market of 250 or fewer employees, with additional features included in a higher-end vRanger Pro package.

Other new features include native cataloging, which makes it easier for users to find and restore individual files, and improved speed and reduced network traffic through support for Fibre Channel.

Joe Wakeman, an information technology specialist with Webster City Community Schools, a K-12 public school system in Webster City, Iowa, says he was particularly interested in the combination of backup and replication products. "It saves me a lot of time," he says. "I only have to manage one product, rather than two that don't talk to each other."

The combined products, which Wakeman has been using since November, have also saved staff time in managing backups, he adds. The school system has about 1,600 students and 250 staff members, and he is responsible for 800 computers. The organization, which has been using vRanger for about three years, regularly backs up about 20 servers to an off-site location. An active bitmapping feature also lets him save as much as 50 to 60 percent of disk space.

The lines between backup and replication are blurring, with users setting up "tiered recovery" systems in the same way that they have set up "tiered storage" systems, where some data is more important than others, says John Maxwell, VP of data protection products for the Aliso Viejo, Calif., company. vRanger and vReplicator use the same binary code for their replication functionality, Maxwell says.

  • 1