BakBone Software, a global provider of heterogeneous integrated data protection solutions, today announced NetVault: Replicator version 5.0, a real-time data replication software solution. Incorporating unique new features that streamline data protection management, NetVault: Replicator 5.0 gives customers enterprise-class capabilities to help plan and prepare for disaster recovery scenarios. With broad platform support for Linux, Solaris, and Windows environments, NetVault: Replicator 5.0 provides an improved user experience for Windows customers, as well as more comprehensive functionality over local or wide area networks. Using NetVault: Replicator 5.0, customers benefit from up-to-the-second content distribution for file systems, as well as disaster avoidance and recovery, at a fraction of the cost of hardware-based solutions.

 In todays 24x7 business environments, companies cannot afford operational downtime, nor can they tolerate data loss, said Jeff Drescher, director of product management, BakBone Software. With this latest upgrade of NetVault: Replicator, we save resource constrained administrators both time and money in managing their complex heterogeneous environments while protecting vital server and remote office data. This ensures the maximum level of business data and application availability.

 Offering automated, real-time, and scheduled replication operations, NetVault: Replicator 5.0 is an essential disaster recovery component for data availability and delivers the redundancy required by todays global commercial enterprises. Enabling bi-directional operations and flexible configuration options across Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms, this latest version reliably, efficiently and in real-time replicates data and distributes content between multiple distributed sites over any IP network.

 Unlike competitive replication solutions which only support homogeneous environments and lack integration with backup technology, NetVault: Replicator offers the industrys most comprehensive cross-platform replication between different heterogeneous environments. Integral to BakBones strategy of enabling Integrated Data Protection using customers existing infrastructure investments, NetVault: Replicator integrates with BakBones award-winning flagship backup and recovery software, NetVault: Backup to keep its servers highly available. This eliminates the need for multiple point products to simplify and streamline data protection management. Advanced reporting and monitoring APIs will also enable seamless integration with future versions of BakBones NetVault: Report Manager software, giving administrators the ability to monitor and report on replication jobs while helping to ensure continuous availability of mission-critical data and applications.

 In addition to a completely redesigned Windows-based graphical user interface (GUI) which allows rapid access to management functions and system status thereby easing administration, new key features in NetVault: Replicator 5.0 include:

Enhanced Platform Support Increased flexibility with added platform support for Windows Storage Server 2003 and Solaris x86-64 environments, bi-directional replication for Windows, and expanded cluster support for VERITAS Cluster Suite, Heartbeat and Red Hat Cluster Suite;
Higher Performance Data Movement Offers a higher performance journaling data store which uses less disk space and fewer system resources to reduce server overhead, especially in data intensive collaborative environments;
Capacity Planning Provides capabilities to accurately simulate the impact of replication on a production environment for efficient deployment planning;
Accelerated Recovery Using a cluster manager-like option, recovery of file systems is streamlined to provide a higher level of network data availability;
Remote Office Data Protection Offers a destination target pattern masking capability that automatically organises data and simplifies restores from NetVault: Backup tapes directly to the source machine to provide centralised backup of branch or remote offices.

To minimise administrative costs and reduce the complexity of managing data across multiple locations, NetVault: Replicator 5.0 replicates disparate server data (including branch offices and remote office sites and business units) to a single location. This enables administrators to reliably protect data from multiple servers or sites by consolidating backups and centralising data for disaster recovery. For environments where multiple servers must maintain synchronised data (such as Web servers, rich media servers for video clips, or supporting remote office content updates), NetVault: Replicator offers data distribution by providing automatic content synchronisation of any size data storage environment independent of applications. This allows administrators to set the replication schedule with NetVault: Replicator OnDemand, pick source and target servers and manage bandwidth. 

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