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Posted Oct 22, 2004

File-based Continuous Data Protection Software Available from TimeSpring

By Linda Cole

TimeSpring Software announces the availability of its file-based continuous data protection software for the Windows platform. TimeData, which automatically captures all changes to application data in real-time, has tightly integrated support for SQL Server.

TimeData enables DBAs to recapture a precise moment before a deletion or corruption occurred. A repository, located on a standard Windows Server is connected by standard Ethernet to the agent on the SQL Server database. As changes are being made to the database, they are captured, replicated and maintained in the repository. Included in these captures are important events on the application layer, database check-points or transaction completion events.

The products offline processing provides an environment that presents real production data from the repository and makes it available to test servers, application servers or additional databases. In addition, users can take reporting off their production servers, pulling data from the repository for analytics, reporting, testing and similar types of functions. Moreover, data views can be broadcast to remote users without the need to shut down the database.

Another plus with this product is the level of simplification it provides for backup and vaulting. A challenge faced by DBAs is the backup window. No matter how you back up your databases, you still have to schedule the window for periods of low activity to lessen the impact on production servers. With TimeData, a backup agent can be installed on the repository and you can do the backup directly from the repository. This eliminates the need of going back and forth looking at full and incremental backups that can cause gaps in your protection. TimeData also lets you go back to a precise moment in time through an interface that is intuitive for anyone familiar with a standard windows environment.

The TimeData repository is read-only. Once a change is captured, it is not something that can be accidentally over-written. In addition to capturing actual data changes, TimeData also captures changes made to associated meta data such as access permissions.

Founded in 1994, TimeSpring has offices in Newport Beach, CA and Montreal, QC, Canada. In 2001, Timespring refocused on meeting the needs of the end-user business community with fully functional, easy to use software solutions that support business applications by making data highly available and accessible.

For additional information, please visit http://www.timespring.com/

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