Catalogic Software was spun out of Syncsort in 2013 to focus on adding copy data management (CDM) to its data protection software. Its core product, Catalogic ECX, automates the creation, deletion and orchestration of copy data including clones, replicas and snapshots. ECX integrates with HPE Nimble arrays, IBM Spectrum-based storage systems, NetApp ONTAP arrays, and Pure Storage FlashArray. In addition to being sold by Catalogic, ECX is OEM’d as IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management.
Catalogic ECX creates a centralized metadata catalog for copy data across core data center, edge data center and cloud environments. This catalog serves several functions including:
ECX can simplify the creation, orchestration, and lifecycle management of copy data, and also reduce the number of copies that need to be created – saving the organization both money and time. The product’s core differentiator compared to competing solutions such as Actifio, Cohesity and Rubrik is that in addition to allowing for replication of data to a secondary device, it also allows customers to leverage the copies such as snapshots that are created by the primary storage device. This “in place” approach eliminates impact to host performance and the need to introduce additional storage hardware. It can accelerate restore time because data does not need to be copied or moved over the network. The approach does require technical integration with the production storage system, which Catalogic works to achieve (e.g. by taking advantage of vendors’ APIs).
ECX addresses the key use cases for CDM software, including protection and disaster recovery (bolstered through a suite of complementary products including Catalogic’s DPX, Kodo and vProtect software), automating infrastructure provisioning and management for test/dev and DevOps, database cloning and recovery (Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and SAP HANA are supported), and integrating data stores with cloud compute (for instance, for analytics). It can also be used to automate/streamline management and report across heterogeneous (from multiple vendors) storage arrays.
Catalogic ECX Product Brief Includes:
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