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Startups Go the Distance

Two startups that will eventually go head-to-head in the continuous data protection (CDP) space today launched different types of products built around similar technology.

XOsoft entered the wide area file services (WAFS) space with WANSyncCD, based on its WANSync suite of replication products that includes CDP software (see Watch Out for WAFS and XOSoft Readies Replication). The CD stands for content distribution, and the new software uses WAFS to deliver and synchronize files among branch offices.

InMage Systems Inc.

pushed out its first product, a disaster recovery appliance called DR-Scout. InMage founder and CEO Kumar Malavalli -- who also founded switch company Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: BRCD) -- says DR-Scout has been shipping to a handful of customers in advance of its general availability. The product isnt the CDP product that Malavalli hinted at when he came out of stealth last September, but he says it will evolve into that (see Brocade Founder Has New InMage).

Why wait? The CDP line is already forming, based on products that claim to back up all data in an enterprise whenever a change is made. Alacritus Software Inc., Mendocino Software, Revivio Inc., and XOsoft are already in the game (see Revivio Revs Up With $25M and XOsoft Turns Back Time). Also, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has already announced its intention of jumping into CDP, and Veritas Software Corp. (Nasdaq: VRTS) is believed to be working on products with partners (see Microsoft's Recovery Plan).

Malavalli says the companies already shipping CDP are premature. He believes customers want CDP, but don’t yet have the budgets for it, while disaster recovery is already in their 2005 budget.

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