Dell bundles backup software, eyes further development

Dell embarks on the path of becoming a full-fledged storage software vendor

By , IDG News Service |  Storage

Dell is organizing the backup software products that it has acquired in the past two years into a coherent portfolio, bundling three of its storage software products into a single package to simplify licensing for the enterprise.

"We have a new approach to data protection that is driving down the costs," said Michael Grant, head of software product marketing at Dell.

The release is a precursor to Dell delving more deeply into the market of storage software, not just as a vendor but as a developer of new technologies. "We're making a pretty big investment in data protection," Grant said.

The new Backup and Disaster Recovery Suite contains popular Dell backup programs, AppAssure, NetVault Backup and vRanger. Dell acquired each of these programs through company acquisitions in 2012.

Each application performs a slightly different function, Grant explained.

AppAssure creates fast backup snapshots of a system. It makes image-based snapshots of server and infrastructure software, and can make a full backup of a system within a few minutes.

AppAssure was originally developed by a startup company of the same name, which was purchased by Dell in 2012.

NetVault is the company's Swiss Army Knife of storage software: It can copy and store data from and to a wide variety of platforms.

"NetVault writes from anything and can read to anything," Grant said.

NetVault was originally developed by AT&T and later acquired by Quest Software, which Dell also purchased in 2012.

vRanger, also developed by Quest, is aimed at covering the virtual realm in data centers; it makes backup copies of both VMware and Microsoft Hyper V-based virtual machines.

The idea is that organizations will use all of these programs in various capacities in a tiered backup architecture, Grant explained.

Critical systems should be backed up so they can be restored as quickly as possible after an interruption, Grant said. This is the work of AppAssure, which can back up and restore applications in-house, in a virtual environment or in the cloud. NetVault can restore all the other applications and data, no matter the platform. And vRanger offers additional coverage for virtual resources.

The package "is very customized to what you need," Grant said. "You can get a new level of resiliency from using this package than from using a one-size-fits-all backup package."

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