Bronze medal: BACKUP & DISASTER RECOVERY SOFTWARE
Computer Associates International's (CA) BrightStor Enterprise Backup version 10.5 took our bronze medal for backup and recovery as a robust, pure-play backup solution for the enterprise. Judges seemed to be most impressed with BrightStor's backup/recovery performance, followed by its overall functionality and ease of integration into the environment.
The judges took special notice of BrightStor's record-setting performance to back up and recover multiterabyte databases. Performance numbers submitted by CA in high transaction-processing environments included a sustained throughput rate of 2.21TB/hr to recover a 2.5TB database. Likewise, backup performance numbers were clocked at a sustained throughput rate of 2.66TB/hr on a database loaded with 983 transactions per second.
The product shines as well in its integration options, including full integration with other BrightStor products. It's also built to be integrated into CA's overall storage management platform, CA BrightStor Portal. The product is able to manage, monitor and report on competing solutions (IBM Tivoli, Legato and Veritas). Customers have also been favorably impressed by the fact that the product's backup agents can be upgraded in phases, and are backward compatible to prior versions.
While judges deemed BrightStor Enterprise Backup a definite enterprise-wide backup contender, some expressed concerns about the price. One judge had reservations about the product's lack of support for various operating system environments, claiming it was only equipped to work well in Solaris, HP-UX and AIX-based data centers. The product is also available for Windows environments -- including NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and Windows XP -- and those running the HP/Compaq Tru64 operating system.