Syncsort Splits Into Separate Big Data, Data Protection Businesses

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SwishData has only just started looking at the big data market and how it ties into storage, so going forward, it will continue to be a strong part of the new data protection business, SwishData's Kerr said.

"We've done very well with Syncsort over the years," he said. "There's been a number of times we competed head-to-head with Symantec and CommVault and won."

Syncsort has a number of competitive advantages, including its technology for recovering data from physical to virtual environments and handling disaster recovery between physical and virtual machines, Kerr said.

He said he especially likes the new ECX Enterprise Catalog and its ability to track different snapshots from different backup technologies.

"It provides a good way to do recovery and management of applications," he said. "A lot of applications provide snapshots but don't offer a way to catalog them. ECX Enterprise Catalog can go into a NetApp device, look at all the snaps and find them."

Despite the close ties between the new data protection spinoff from Syncsort and the storage technology of NetApp, the new company is not likely to be an acquisition target of NetApp for now, Syncsort's Santoni said.

"NetApp will tell you that partnering is core to their strategy," he said. "Also, NetApp is now undergoing their largest transformation as it moves to focus on its Clustered Ontap technology. It's a single-minded focus. If NetApp one day wants to buy a backup company, we could be a target. But, they're now focused on delivering the best storage systems."

Santoni said the name "the Data Protection business" is only temporary while it looks for a more permanent name. "I'm open to suggestions," he said. 


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