Quest's NetVault XA: Unified Data Protection For Physical, Virtual, Cloud Environments

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Quest Software on Tuesday unveiled its NetVault XA (Extended Architecture), a new data protection platform that brings several of its current storage software applications under a single unified management system.

The end result is a backup and recovery platform that brings unified security, service level agreement (SLA), and role-based reporting to both on-premise and cloud storage infrastructures.

Quest's goal is to provide customers a single management console to solve data protection issues related to the continued growth of storage, the complexity of managing virtualized and cloud environments, and customers' increasing expectations related to service levels, said Walter Angerer, senior vice president and general manager of data protection for the Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based software vendor.

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"Quest has a variety of different assets in data protection," Angerer said. "We want to bring it all together for our customers and partners and make it possible for partners to work with customers from small businesses to large enterprises without the need for specialized training."

Traditional backup and recovery solutions are focused on the infrastructure such as the servers and not on the services required by physical, virtualized and cloud environments, Angerer said. In addition, backup products are generally designed with a focus on storage administrators with specialized knowledge, he said.

Enter NetVault XA, which will eventually combine six different Quest software apps into a unified offering while keeping those apps separate for customers who do not need the full suite.

NetVault XA is centered on Quest NetVault, a cross-platform application for recovery, replication, deduplication and continuous data protection, which came from Quest's 2010 acquisition of BakBone Software.

Additionally, NetVault XA initially includes Quest vRanger, which provides VMware backup, replication and recovery as well as the NetVault SmartDisk deduplication software.

Eventually, it will also encompass Quest LiteSpeed backup and compression software for SQL Server and Oracle databases; Quest Recovery Manager, which provides application-aware recovery for SharePoint, Exchange and Active Directory; and the SharePlex data replication software for Oracle databases.

NetVault XA provides SLA-based application protection with built-in intelligence that looks at customer SLA requirements only on the assets customers actively use, Angerer said. In the future, it will auto-provision SLAs based on customer assets, he said.

Also included is a single console that allows a variety of authorized staff, including storage administrators, database administrators and VMware administrators to get customized views and workflows related to the SLAs assigned to them, he said.

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