After twelve years of service at UMD campus, Catalogic DPX, a backup and recovery solution, is expected to retire by end of the fiscal year.
Catalogic Data Protection Express (DPX) is a great data backup and recovery product we purchased 12 years ago (May/June 2004) to replace other backup systems that did not have full support of our infrastructure at that time. Syncsort Backup Express (as it was called at that time) was the first product we had that supported essentially all systems we had: operating systems like Solaris, Linux, Windows and Netware along with applications like Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL server, all from a single GUI console.
At its prime, DPX backed up over 100 systems and many TBs of data. While DPX is a great product, its role begins to diminish as we are virtualizing more and more physical servers. A virtual machine backup solution, Veeam, has matured to take over the data backup task of all virtual machines as well as the a few remaining physical servers.
We want to thank Tim Biles, the primary DPX systems administrator, for his dedicated service in this area. His constant monitoring of the backup jobs, during the evenings, the weekends, and even while on vacation, made the product a great service for the campus.