Quest Software has launched a platform unifying its data protection technologies that enables users to align backup and recovery to their service continuity needs.

Quest, who is set to be acquired by Dell, said that the next-generation platform is redefining data protection by enabling users to manage their backups based on specific business and technology services.

Named the NetVault Extended Architecture (XA), it allows administrators to organise, schedule, view and manage backups, giving them the ability to set specific recovery time and recovery point objectives for each place, regardless of whether the servers, applications and databases that power those services reside on- or off-premise, or in a physical or virtual environment, or a combination thereof, the company said.

Currently in beta with a full launch expected later this year, it will be available to customers as a downloadable thin-client at no additional charge.

Speaking to SC Magazine, Walter Angerer, senior vice president and general manager of data protection at Quest Software, said that the problem with data protection is that there is an increase of data that is collected and to deal with. “Virtualisation and cloud enable you to be more agile, but now there is more complexity over classification and what to back up,” he said.

“We have tried to create visibility onto the problem and what is the service level expectation? If you lose a leading service for more than an hour, there is significant pressure, so how much are you allowed to lose? This is a huge amount of pressure on IT on what is acceptable.”

As well as offering enterprise-wise security via an intelligent and adaptive policy engine that enforces specific data protection controls and requirements, the NetVault XA also alerts users on whether or not an SLA is achievable based on the established backup and recovery parameters, according to Quest.

The NetVault XA sits at the centre of Quest's data protection solution, enabling users to deploy and manage all of the company's backup and recovery technologies – including the NetVault, vRanger, LiteSpeed and Recovery Manager product families from a single console.

Angerer said: “The XA sits on top of our products as a layer that we have built from scratch that allows you to manage and run tools underneath through the interface. It addresses problems to start telling the system where an SLA is and what test you are trying to solve.

“Also to define services, it allows you to group into a system and manage it. A business runs on agreement and expectation and the XA will do the transaction for you. With the XA you can give role-based multi-tenant access that allows you to verify and do the procedure to restore services.”