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Quest on a Data Protection Roll

The data protection people at Quest are energized and on the move with a new version of vRanger Pro, which it calls the first comprehensive data protection suite for VMware; and the acquisition of Bakbone Software and its NetVault brand. Calling data protection a "strategic force," Quest also formed a business unit around that technology.

Looking at the bigger picture, Quest also announced favorable fourth quarter financial results, with revenues of $216.8, representing 11.5 percent growth in license revenues; and fiscal year 2010 revenues of $761.1 million, which represents a 14.8 percent growth of license revenues.

The new version of vRanger Pro features integrated backup and replication, with one console for flexible deployment and licensing. It also provides native cataloging with integrated restore to locate and restore individual files. A third new feature is Fibre Restore, which expedites recovery and eliminates LAN traffic by using Fibre Channel Infrastructure.

Quest also streamlined its data protection offerings by including all the capabilities of Quest Software vReplicator in vRanger pro, providing organizations with VWware protection in a single console. "With the vRanger and vReplicator product family, Quest allows customers to license and deploy the exact level of protection they need: low impact application and Web servers may need backup-only licensing while mission-critical servers receive a combination of backup and replication coverage," the company said.

The BakBone acquisition gives Quest a real shot in the arm and a more impressive product arsenal via the inclusion of four products under the NetVault brand that provide continuous data protection, deduplication, replication and disk-based and tape backup. NetVault solutions will be available as both a suite and individually.

Anxious to share its enhanced data protection environment with an industry audience, Quest says it will take the wraps off its strategic roadmap for the future of its Bakbone products and compatible data protection solutions by the end of Q1.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 02/15/2011 at 12:48 PM


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