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TSM FastBack Client & Kernel

The TSM FastBack Client & Kernel group contains two development teams.

TSM FastBack Client Team

The TSM FastBack Client development team provides development and support for the FastBack Client products. It works mainly in C and C++ in both Windows and Linux, and has extensive experience in system level programming, Linux and Windows internals, networking infrastructure, the storage stack, multithreading, and object synchronization.

The team works in a geographically dispersed environment, making use of Hebrew and English in parallel. The team has strong connections with the Kernel and Server teams.

The following technologies are part of the client product development:

  • Disk-based, block-level, incremental, forever backup technology that improves recovery point objectives through frequent or Continuous Data Protection (CDP) with a minimal footprint.
  • Protection of Windows application servers including Exchange, SQL, Oracle, Domino, and DB2.
  • Support for various cluster environments.

FastBack Client supports the following OS versions:

  • All versions of Microsoft Windows, starting with Windows 2000 and including Windows 2008, for both X86 and X64/IA64 platforms and also Linux.

SM FastBack Kernel Team

The TSM FastBack Kernel development team provides support and development for kernel drivers used by various FastBack components.

The team provides the following functionalities:

  • Block-level, read-before-write, and monitoring.
  • Instant Restore, allowing for restoration without dismounting the volume.
  • Virtual Volume, allowing file-level restoration from a block-level snapshot.
  • File System flush functionality, providing crash consistency of the file system.
  • Cluster-like abilities, allowing for the exposure of the same disk to multiple computers via SAN.

The team's drivers run on multiple operating systems:

  • All versions of Microsoft Windows, starting with Windows 2000 and including Windows 2008, for both X86 and X64/IA64 platforms and also Linux.
  • Solaris OS.

Manager

Adik Sokolovski, Manager TSM FastBack Client & Kernel, ILSL

: Manager TSM FastBack Client & Kernel, ILSL

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