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Continuous data protection for Windows.

SteelEye Technology : 26 July, 2007  (New Product)
Data recovery options and re-wind features available in the latest continuous data protection product available from SteelEye Technology for Windows environments.
SteelEye Technology has announced the release of SteelEye Data Replication for Windows v6.

The new product is the first to combine continuous data protection (CDP) features like any-point-in-time rewind with comprehensive data replication capabilities like support for multiple data replication targets and the ability to combine data mirrors across any combination of LANs or WANs. The combination of CDP with off-site replication assures that business critical data can be restored both in case of data corruption, viruses or user errors as well as in the face of large-scale physical disasters. SteelEye Data Replication v6 also boasts the fastest replication speeds across WANs in the industry.

'As a long-time SteelEye reseller, we have helped many customers solve their high availability and disaster recovery needs, including Cabot Square Capital and New Star Asset Management. It is vital for these financial industry players to protect their Exchange to avoid critical communications downtime. This new release of SteelEye Data Replication delivers key additional features which allow us to serve an expanded set of clients and bring greater value to existing customers.' said Shobana Patel, Managing Director of Open Minds.

The latest release adds 'Any Point in Time Rewind,' a vital element of CDP that provides the ability to rewind data back in time to any moment before data loss occurred. In minutes, data can be restored and business is back to normal. Adding these capabilities to an already robust data replication solution provides organisations with a CDP option that also delivers the enhanced protection arising from more than one backup of critical business data, whether on-site or remote.

CDP is a key tool by which to protect users from data loss caused by corruption, viruses, and user or software errors. Immediately upon noticing data integrity issues, users can mount the replicated data on a backup volume and then move backward and forward through the data stream via time stamps or other user-defined bookmarks until the optimal set of data is constructed. That data is then placed into service and normal operations resume.

For companies who need the enhanced protection of more than one backup of critical business data, SteelEye Data Replication also supports multiple replication targets, which can span any combination of local and remote sites. Local data recovery is assured by continuous backup within the local data centre, while asynchronous remote data replication protects against local disasters.

The process of managing data recovery is handled through a built-in Data Recovery Wizard. This simple-to-use tool guides users through the building of a new temporary dataset from the backup using timestamps or other bookmarks, validating the dataset for consistency via appropriate tools and then looping back through these steps as needed until the optimal dataset is built. An intelligent binary search technique speeds the rebuilding process to optimise recovery time. Once the desired dataset is built, the wizard places it back into service, onto the production server and resumes normal business operations.

SteelEye Data Replication v6 delivers the industry's fastest replication speeds across WANs in order to ensure complete and continuous data protection. Through the use of software techniques that assure a constant and optimal flow of data across any wide-area connection, regardless of latency, SteelEye Data Replication achieves over 90% bandwidth utilisation without the need for hardware accelerators or compression devices and provides the highest WAN throughput of any software-based replication solution on the market today. For environments where even greater throughput is desired, this updated version also includes an integrated compression engine that can be tuned by users to one of nine compression levels.

In order to manage the accelerated network traffic, per-mirror replication throttles, also called speed limits, have been implemented to provide administrators complete control over cross-site bandwidth usage.

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