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The NetVault XA's management pane provides default policy settings or lets users create their own SLAs depending on protection needed, Quest's Maeser said.
It can also be used to shift resources as needed, he said. "For instance, at the end of the month, a customer might want to stop all bronze-level operations to free up resources for the accounting department," he said.
The administrator can move from site to site by clicking on a map in order to change activities or SLAs and to get a graphical view of how specific assets are connected to each other or to specific activities.
The management interface also shows the SLAs and compliance level of each device and activity.
NetVault XA is slated to ship this fall, with updates to existing applications provided free-of-charge for customers under maintenance agreements.
However, Quest is introducing it now to give solution providers and customers a chance to get used to it, Quest's Angerer said.
"This is a pretty radical change," he said. "We don't want it to come out in the fall without getting people ready."
Quest has actually been laying the groundwork for NetVault XA for some time. The company in November started talking at its annual partner conference about merging its NetVault and vRanger applications into a single data protection platform.
Customers who do not require multiple products will still be able to buy them individually, Angerer said. Quest may also bundle different software applications as needed, he said.
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