Comtrade Focuses on Backup and Recovery for Nutanix HCI Platforms

    As hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms get more widely deployed within IT environments, the need to back up and then recover data from a platform that tightly couples compute and storage presents new challenges. To address that issue, Comtrade Software has developed data protection software specifically designed for HCI platforms from Nutanix.

    Subbiah Sundaram, head of data protection for Comtrade Software, says HYCU is the first purpose-built backup and recovery software for the Nutanix platform running the software Nutanix developed as an alternative to VMware. Because of that approach, Sundaram says, HYCU can autodetect all the applications running across the virtual machines installed on the Nutanix platform. That capability, adds Sundaram, speeds the overall application recovery process.

    “Everybody else concentrates in the VMs rather than the applications,” says Sundaram.

    Designed to be deployed in under three minutes, Sundaram says HYCU is intended to especially appeal to administrators that are now responsible for both compute and storage. In contrast, platforms that have a clearer line of demarcation between compute and storage generally make data protection the responsibility of a dedicated storage administrator, says Sundaram.


    It’s too early to say how much demand there is for a platform-specific approach to backup and recovery on a Nutanix platform. Clearly, a precedent has been set by the prevalence of backup and recovery software for VMware. The issue now is how many instances of Nutanix HCI will be running software developed by Nutantix versus VMware that also runs on the same platform.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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