Topio, the leading provider of heterogeneous disaster recovery and data protection solutions, has launched the next generation of its Topio Data Protection Suite (TDPS). TDPS 2.0 offers enterprise customers enhanced data protection and recovery, as well as reduced management, network bandwidth and storage costs. Key features include improved off-host processing and backup support, advanced restore capabilities, modular role-based security, and adaptive data reduction. Customers are now able to self-define and efficiently implement highly-effective disaster recovery and data protection strategies, while maintaining a low total cost of ownership.

Dave Perry, Infrastructure Delivery Manager of Lloyd's said about Topio: "The significant challenge facing the majority of the Lloyd's Insurance Network (LIN) community is the area of data recovery. An initiative conducted by Lloyd's to investigate the best and most effective solution to address this dilemma resulted in the identification of Topio, as part of the NDR Real Time Data Backup service. The solution meets our requirements - operating across multiple server and storage boundaries with negligible performance degradation, over any distance. It resolves the 'backup window' and 'data loss' issues common with current data protection solutions, as well as being LIN compatible, making it an excellent solution enabling the LIN community to implement an effective, data protection strategy."

"Topio's Data Protection Suite 2.0 offers enterprises a heterogeneous, software-only approach to reducing the data management complexities as well as the network bandwidth and storage costs associated with protecting mission-critical remote data," said Peter Gerr, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "Topio's unique multi-device time stamping technique makes the enhancements in this 2.0 release possible while ensuring data integrity, data availability, performance and scalability."

Improved Off-host Processing and Backup Support

TDPS 2.0 gives customers the ability to run applications that access and modify data directly from a secondary site's target storage, without the need to create additional copies. This reduces the amount of storage required to run applications such as backup at the secondary site. Once off-host processing or backup is complete, TDPS 2.0 synchronizes the differences from the primary site to the secondary site without compromising data integrity, enabling replication to continue seamlessly.

Advanced Restore Capabilities

Should a disaster or outage occur, all business applications resume at a secondary site, enabling business operations to continue without interruption. Once the outage is resolved and a customer wants to resume the applications at the primary site(s), TDPS 2.0 offers an advanced restore capability, which resynchronizes only the changes that have occurred at the secondary site since the outage, reducing the time and/or network bandwidth necessary to restore the changed data to the primary site and without compromising data integrity. TDPS gives customers the flexibility to choose between online or offline synchronization, to suit individual business requirements and network bandwidth limitations.

Modular Role-Based Security

TDPS 2.0 enables storage administrators to centrally manage data protection for multiple sites/departments, while allowing the individual site/department administrators to securely view and/or manage their individual configuration. Modular role-based security eliminates the need for dedicated hardware otherwise required to enable secure, modular access to each site/department administrator. This allows IT organizations and Business Continuity Providers providing data protection services to share the cost savings with their customers while providing full flexibility - without compromising security.

Adaptive Data Reduction

Adaptive data reduction features are included in TDPS 2.0 to significantly reduce network bandwidth and storage consumption, while prioritizing customers' Recovery Point Objective (RPO):

* Duplicate Removal: TDPS 2.0 enables customers to control network costs by applying an advanced, innovative algorithm to consolidate all writes to the same storage location before sending over the network. Topio's patent-pending, multi-device, time-stamping algorithm appropriately applies the "consolidated writes" to ensure 100% data consistency at the secondary site.

* Compression: TDPS 2.0 also provides an option to compress all I/Os before sending the data to the secondary site. A 'logging' facility at the secondary site utilizes the compressed data to further reduce storage costs.

"We studied the needs of our customers and partners and designed TDPS 2.0 to meet individual business requirements by providing an optimal data protection solution with flexible recovery and management options while lowering total cost of ownership," said Yoram Novick, CEO and founder of Topio. "We look forward to continue working with our customers and partners around the world to make effective data protection an affordable reality, now and in the future."

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