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Catalogic DPX
Developer(s) Catalogic Software
Stable release
4.2 / February 2014
Operating system Windows, UNIX, Linux, NetWare, OES, OES2, Mac
Type Backup
License Proprietary

Catalogic DPX (formerly BEX or Backup Express) is an enterprise-level data protection solution that backs up and restores data and applications for a variety of operating systems. It has data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity planning capabilities. Catalogic DPX supports many database applications, including Oracle, SQL, Sharepoint, and Exchange. Users can map to and use a backed up version of the database if something goes wrong with the primary version. DPX is managed from a single console and catalog. This allows for centralized control of both tape-based and disk-based data protection jobs across heterogeneous operating systems.

Supported applications[edit]

According to the DPX Interface Guide, DPX contains interfaces to the following software and database management systems: DB2, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, Novell Groupwise, Oracle, SAP, SharePoint, SQL-BackTrack, SQL Server, and Sybase. For Oracle, DPX provides cloning capabilities. For Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Oracle, DPX provides read/write access to recovery points.

Storage media[edit]

DPX uses tape, tape library (jukebox), virtual tape library, disk (local, Compellent, NetApp, EMC, HP, Data Domain), disk-to-disk-to-tape. DPX will backup any storage device, but the target must be ONTAP device.


DPX infrastructure has 3 types of components:

Master Server
Controls all backup management tasks, catalog, scheduling, job execution, and distributed processing.
Device Server/Advanced Server
Handles backup media – either tape or disk.
Client Node
Any computer in a DPX enterprise from which data is backed up is considered a DPX client node.

Product capabilities[edit]

The following are among the capabilities of DPX:

  • Fast-image backup for large volumes of small files.
  • Focused solutions for NetApp, VMware, disaster recovery, copy data management, bare metal recovery and remote offices.
  • Block-level, incremental backup to disk over the LAN/WAN, which provides source-side data reduction.
  • Virtual full backup, which, combined with block-level incrementals, reduces the amount of data that needs to be transferred.
  • A single-backup image repurposed to protect/recover files, servers and applications, including VMware environments.
  • Read/write mapping to SQL, Exchange, SharePoint and Oracle recovery points.
  • Bare Metal Recovery (BMR), which restores operating system, settings, patches and applications software in the event of server failure or corruption.
  • Fast data recovery and application access from virtual-volume images on disk storage.
  • Instant Availability (IA), which presents a full snapshot of a volume as a Windows drive letter or a Linux/UNIX mount point
  • Instant Virtualization (IV), which presents a full snapshot of a host as a VMWare virtual machine (utilizing iSCSI as the back-end stroage protocol) without the need to copy data into the ESX datastore
  • Full Virtualization (FV), which recovers a host as a virtual machine, and copies the data into the hypervisor datastore
  • Rapid Return to Production (RRP), which seamlessly migrates a host from Instant Virtualization to Full Virtualization status in the background, without service interruption
  • Storage alignment, which aligns virtual filesystem blocks with hypervisor storage blocks and physical disk blocks for improved read and write performance in virtual environments
  • Endless hours of troubleshooting failed backups

Catalogic Software history[edit]

In October 2013, Syncsort sold its data protection business to an investor group led by Bedford Venture Partners and Windcrest Partners. The spun off Data Protection business is now called Catalogic Software, the company that produces Catalogic DPX.[1]

On June 4, 2018, it was reported that Catalogic Software had taken an equity stake in the European data protection company Storware.[2]

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