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Catalogic Software teams up with Storware data protection

Catalogic Software is living on the edge.

The data protection vendor, based in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., said today it has taken an equity stake in Storware, a European data protection company, and formed an exclusive distribution agreement to sell Storware’s products in North America. The partnership also means the two companies will work together on developing technology.

The distribution agreement covers two major Storware products: Kodo and vProtect.

The vProtect offering is an enterprise backup product that covers the edge hypervisor market, said Sathya Sankaran, vice president of business development and field CTO at Catalogic. That coverage includes Citrix XenServer, Xen, Red Hat Virtualization, Nutanix Acropolis and KVM, but not the top two hypervisors, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.

While there is a lot of support for Hyper-V and vSphere, the edge hypervisor market is largely untapped, Sankaran said, and vProtect is especially geared toward enterprises with what he called emerging workloads.

“We felt the technology has huge potential,” he said.

Organizations can deploy vProtect as a stand-alone product or use it as a backup staging platform, feeding backup data into IBM Spectrum Protect, Veritas NetBackup, Dell EMC NetWorker or Catalogic’s new vStor backup repository, which can be found in the latest update to its DPX data protection software.

“It plays nice with what you have on premise,” Sankaran said.

Kodo is a data protection software suite for desktops and laptops, mobile devices and software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms Office 365 and Box.

Sankaran said he hopes to see an increase in the number of supported SaaS providers to include the likes of Salesforce, G Suite and Dropbox.

Catalogic Software, which has close to 1,000 customers, has become known for its copy data management, found in its ECX product.

Sankaran said Storware has been on Catalogic’s radar since late last year and culturally “fit us like a glove.”

The two companies can play off each other’s strengths, said Catalogic Software CEO Ken Barth.

“As we look at this evolving market of data protection, it looks more like data management to us,” Barth said. “The broader the coverage we felt was very important.”

Docker and OpenStack are also primary targets on Catalogic’s roadmap.

While Catalogic did not provide details on its equity in Storware, Sankaran said it is a substantial minority stake.

Kodo and vProtect are both available now from Catalogic Software.

‘Common DNA’ between Catalogic, Storware

There is very little overlap here, and some great synergies.
Paweł MaczkaCTO, Storware

The alliance with Catalogic Software is part of Storware’s strategy to improve its standing in the North American market, said Paweł Maczka, CTO of Storware, which is based in Warsaw, Poland. With the deal, Catalogic essentially becomes Storware’s North American arm. Catalogic can also sell Storware products in Europe — just not in an exclusive manner.

“What’s more, we do believe that there is common DNA between the two organizations,” Maczka wrote in an email. “Both are experienced vendors with the same approach to the market, specializing in enterprise backup and recovery. The alliance with Catalogic will help spread awareness of Storware technology, and in the end, the knowledge exchange between the two organizations will strengthen both teams.”

Maczka said Storware has expertise in hypervisors, mobile platforms and endpoints, while Catalogic Software has proficiency in enterprise storage, high-end database applications and handling a large volume of metadata in a searchable catalog.

“There is very little overlap here, and some great synergies,” Maczka wrote. “We’ve had many joint whiteboard sessions where we’ve been planning out ways to combine these joint strengths into new solutions.”

The two companies have integrated vProtect with Catalogic vStor. In addition to expanding into more SaaS offerings, the companies plan to explore other “underserved” markets, such as containers and next-generation databases, Maczka said.

“Providing effective protection and recovery in these areas is a growing concern for many organizations,” Maczka wrote. “Catalogic and Storware are perfectly placed to address these challenges.”

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UC trends revealed in top news stories of 2017

Microsoft migrating Skype for Business to Teams, Avaya filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and Slack unveiling an enterprise-grade team collaboration platform were some of the headlines that dominated the unified communications and collaboration market this year. These stories reflect the UC trends in a rapidly changing market that is shifting toward cloud and team-based collaboration.

As 2017 comes to a close, take a look back at the top five news stories that reflect the UC trends and topics most important to enterprise decision-makers and IT leaders.

1. Microsoft Teams to replace Skype for Business

Microsoft dominated UC news this year with the announcement that Microsoft Teams would replace Skype for Business Online as its core communications tool within Office 365.

Skype for Business customers will have to re-evaluate their UC strategies, as they might have to overhaul their infrastructure for the migration to Teams. IT leaders also voiced their concerns about the telephony tools in Teams. End users, too, may need additional training to help them adjust to the new interface.

In October, Microsoft released a roadmap that offered customers insight on the Skype for Business features that will be rolled into Teams over the next year, such as audio conferencing, call queues and voicemail.

The Teams migration has led to speculation about how Microsoft might further consolidate overlapping features in its collaboration portfolio, such as possibly replacing Outlook and Yammer with Teams.

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2. Avaya files for bankruptcy

Longtime business communications provider Avaya filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January, as it faced a $6 billion debt and declining revenue in a market shifting from hardware to software. The UC vendor planned to revamp its portfolio to focus on software, cloud and managed services. 

However, the bankruptcy filing left customers wondering what would happen to their UC environment if Avaya did not exit bankruptcy, or if it sold key pieces of its portfolio. With four possible outcomes of the bankruptcy filing, many customers were creating backup plans to prepare for the worst-case scenario.

In November, the bankruptcy court approved Avaya’s plan, and the vendor officially emerged from bankruptcy in December.

Avaya will re-enter a competitive UC market dominated by Microsoft and Cisco. The vendor saw declining revenue, as organizations balked at buying their products amid the bankruptcy. Avaya could be buoyed by its presence in the growing markets of communications platform as a service and unified communications as a service (UCaaS) with its wholly owned subsidiary, Zang.

3. Cisco boosts Spark capabilities

Cisco was a top UC topic this year, with several developments around its cloud-based product, Spark. In January, Cisco announced the Spark Board, an interactive display screen and video conferencing system. The Spark Board can also be used as a whiteboard or presentation screen for a laptop or mobile device. Cisco’s Spark Board aims to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Hub.

In March, Cisco unveiled hybrid video conferencing hardware, the Spark Room Kit and Room Kit Plus. The hardware is controllable through the Spark Cloud or Cisco on-premises UC equipment.

In May, Cisco announced it was acquiring AI vendor MindMeld for $125 million. Cisco plans to integrate MindMeld technology with Spark for voice-activated personal assistants.

In August, Cisco made security updates to meet requirements for organizations in regulated industries, such as healthcare, government and finance. The updates include content protection for mobile devices, legal-team access to all documents and messages, and on-premises deployment of Spark Key Server for data encryption and decryption.

4. Vendor acquisitions and market consolidation

Vendor consolidation remained a top UC news item in 2017, with several vendors acquiring or merging with other companies.

In May, Genband and Sonus announced the two companies were merging to create a provider that would support communication service providers and enterprises as they transition to cloud-based communications. The combined company rebranded as Ribbon Communications in October.

Mitel made two acquisitions to boost its cloud offerings. In May, the vendor acquired Toshiba’s UC assets, which included small and large customers with a mix of on-premises, cloud and hybrid deployments. In July, Mitel said it was acquiring ShoreTel for $430 million to double its cloud business and support hybrid cloud UC deployments.

In October, Cisco announced it would acquire BroadSoft for $1.9 billion. Cisco has traditionally focused on larger enterprises, while BroadSoft catered to the SMB space. The acquisition lets Cisco offer a cloud communications portfolio that can support organizations of all sizes. However, the acquisition could create conflict with BroadSoft’s partners that compete with Cisco offerings.

In November, CenturyLink completed its $34 billion acquisition of Level 3. The two companies will merge under the CenturyLink brand. The merger has left questions of what will happen to Level 3’s UC partnerships, which include Unify Square and Amazon Chime.

5. Cloud-based team collaboration gains momentum

As one of the major UC trends in 2017, the team collaboration hype train rolled through 2017, with new offerings entering the market and new capabilities to boost adoption across organizations. Slack, for instance, released its enterprise offering, Slack Enterprise Grid, which offers regulatory compliance, security and added integration with other business apps.

Slack and Teams unveiled new capabilities to support collaboration with external users. Slack added shared channels that are public and can be set up by an administrator to work with third-party apps. Teams’ guest access lets administrators add to Teams anyone listed in an Active Directory account in Microsoft’s Azure cloud.

Google released Hangouts for business apps, which include chat for team messaging and video and audio conferencing. Google has had an inconsistent track record in the enterprise and is playing catch-up to Microsoft, Cisco and Slack. Amazon also entered the cloud UC market with Chime, a conferencing and collaboration service. While Amazon faces competition from the major UC players, the company could gain market share through the clout and financial prowess of delivering Chime through Amazon Web Services.

Cloud UC continued to be a top UC trend in 2017, as adoption grew among organizations of all sizes. A report from IHS Markit found on-premises UC usage will shrink as organizations consider private cloud, UCaaS and hybrid deployments — a trend expected to continue in 2018.

What are the key System Center DPM 2016 features?

There are many commercial data protection tools, but Microsoft updated System Center Data Protection Manager 2016…

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with a number of enterprise-grade features to aid IT pros in their backup and recovery efforts.

System Center DPM 2016 protects and restores data resources deployed in multiple ways — at the system, file, application and VM levels — across the organization to give IT enormous flexibility and granularity in data protection policies and practices.

At the system level, System Center DPM 2016 creates bare-metal backups for 32- and 64-bit client systems that run Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. System Center DPM 2016 protects 32- and 64-bit server systems on Windows Storage Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 with SP1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.

But backups are not an all-or-nothing proposition. DPM also protects at the file level to back up system volumes, folders and individual files on Windows systems.

At the application level, DPM provides native backup and restoration services for major enterprise applications. DPM covers SQL Server, including SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 with SP1, SQL Server 2012 with SP2, SQL Server 2014 and SQL Server 2016. DPM also protects Exchange Server, including Exchange 2007, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2016. DPM supports backups for SharePoint, including SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016. DPM 2016 also protects System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), specifically VMM 2012 and VMM 2016 — along with the SP1 and R2 versions.

DPM 2016 supports backup and restoration of VMs in Windows environments. Administrators deploy DPM protection agents in Hyper-V host servers, Hyper-V clusters and individual VMs. DPM safeguards VMs that run Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. DPM also protects Linux that runs as a Hyper-V guest operating system.

DPM 2016 supports three principal backup targets: disk, cloud and tape. Disk is the most common and traditional backup target. The administrator can enlist pools of low-cost, high-volume disks — such as Serial Advanced Technology Attachment or Serial-Attached SCSI — for backup tasks. For additional security, the IT admin can set up replication of this disk storage to an off-site location, such as a secondary data center.

DPM 2016 hooks into the public cloud — specifically through the Azure Backup service — as a backup target. This feature gives the enterprise flexibility and satisfies the need for off-premises storage. While the traditional disadvantages of tape storage mean many organizations have moved on to other options, DPM 2016 works with local and remote tape storage.

A key feature of DPM 2016 is its restoration flexibility … DPM gives the option to rebuild data to alternate destinations.

A key feature of DPM 2016 is its restoration flexibility. Admins can restore data to its original location. However, if that is not possible or desirable, DPM gives the option to rebuild data to alternate destinations or targets.

In System Center DPM 2016, Microsoft introduced what it calls Modern Backup Storage on machines that run Windows Server 2016. The company said the incremental backup feature — which uses Resilient File System block cloning and VHDX functionality — cuts storage needs by 50 percent and shortens backup times by three. Microsoft also added support for resilient change tracking, which eliminated consistency checks and backs up only changed blocks.