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2003 GOLD: CommVault QiNetix 4.2

Review of 2003 backup & disaster recovery software gold medal winner CommVault QiNetix 4.2.


Judges gave their highest marks to CommVault Systems Inc.'s QiNetix in the areas of functionality, value and innovation. In describing the QiNetix suite, one judge said it was a "good implementation with complex functions [that] integrated well."

Another judge agreed that QiNetix is a "competitive solution in an already crowded landscape." He added that he thought CommVault's product effectively met the expectations of enterprise-class IT organizations with its combined quality of support, service and functionality. A special nod was given by one of the judges to many of CommVault's built-in backup and recovery features.

The QiNetix platform is based on a single management console and underlying policy-driven framework that allows users to deploy one or several QiNetix modules into their environments. With this offering, users will notice CommVault has married several intelligent, policy-driven features with its more traditional backup functionality. The result is a sophisticated approach to backup and disaster recovery (DR).

CommVault Galaxy is the cornerstone of CommVault's backup and recovery software offerings within the QiNetix platform. Its most notable features include its media management functionality, ability to perform high-speed backups, reporting tools and support for multiple application environments and operating systems. Other QiNetix modules include the QiNetix DataMigrator, which works with Microsoft Exchange to automatically migrate e-mail messages and attachments to secondary storage, based on predefined policy settings.

The QiNetix Quick Recovery module allows users to create snapshots for rapid recovery of applications. Features found in QiNetix Quick Recovery include easy tracking and administration of point-in-time snapshots; policy-driven, automatic snapshot aging; and snapshot cataloging functionality that captures snapshot details such as current mount point, last mount point, time of snap and size of volume.

Finally, management tools under the software label of QNet complete the QiNetix suite. QNet provides virtualization or storage "pooling" functionality and supports better storage resource management and asset utilization. It offers a single view of storage assets across the enterprise and provides reporting on a site's primary, secondary and archive storage. It also offers centralized monitoring and management of all other QiNetix software modules and services.

CommVault has since released a new version, Version 5.0, of its QiNetix storage management suite. Based on the submission requirements for our Products of the Year awards program, the company chose to submit its earlier product, Version 4.2, for the judges' consideration.

Backup & Disaster recovery software runners-up

  • Silver: FalconStor IPStor 4.0
  • Bronze: CA BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5

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