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Features include a common policy manager, service-level manager, reporting, scheduling, application catalog, cloud gateway and deduplication across all the Quest applications.
It also works across physical, virtual and cloud environments, Quest's Angerer said. "Customers can backup from one cloud to another or bring data back from the cloud to on-premise equipment," he said.
The goal is to provide data protection from a service-centric point of view, Angerer said.
"It shouldn't matter where the service is running," he said. "What's important is to define a service level. It's a single pane of glass powering the admins to do the kind of recovery they need. We want to provide a seamless experience from the SMB to the enterprise."
When NetVault XA is introduced this fall, customers will have a choice of continuing to use its applications' existing management interface or its new intuitive management interface that works across all the applications, said Bob Maeser, vice president of R&D for Quest's data protection software.
"There's no forced march to the new interface," Maeser said. "We want it to be non-disruptive to existing processes."
That new interface, which manages all the Quest applications, will be a major selling point for NetVault XA, said Don McNaughton, vice president of sales at HorizonTek, a Huntington, N.Y.-based solution provider and long-time BakBone partner from before that company was acquired by Quest.
"The single management interface for all Quest's products is bonding together products that should work together," McNaughton said. "And it gives us a better look at the Quest roadmap."
Customers today are working in very heterogeneous environments, McNaughton said.
"Customers are running physical and virtual infrastructure, Windows, Linux, Solaris and AIX, and the cloud," he said. "These environments have a little of everything. Quest is bringing everything together under a common interface. That interface is almost NOC [network operations center]-like. They're taking a big step in unifying it under a single management pane."
The new management plan allows services to be grouped according to geographies, specific sites and user types, Angerer said. Or, managed services providers can group the services according to specific customers. "This is intended for multi-tenant environments," he said.