HP Data Protector

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Micro Focus Data Protector
Developer(s)Micro Focus formerly HPE Software
Stable release
2019.08 (10.50)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, UNIX, Linux
TypeBackup and recovery software
WebsiteData Protector software web page

Data Protector software (originally Omniback) is automated backup and recovery software for single-server to enterprise environments, supporting disk storage or tape storage targets. It provides cross-platform, online backup of data for Microsoft Windows, Unix, and Linux operating systems. The last version to use the OmniBack name was version 4.1, which was retired in 2004.[1]


When Hewlett-Packard acquired Apollo Computer in 1989, the latter had already developed a backup system entitled the "OmniBack Network Backup System," which was available on the market at the time.[2] HP continued[3] to develop this product under the "OmniBack" name for the purpose of backing up individual files and raw disk partitions. A related but distinct product "OmniBack/Turbo" was developed for backing up databases.[4]

In 1996 HP released OmniBack II 2.0 and merged OmniBack II and OmniBack/Turbo into a single product, although it was still impossible to create a single job which would contain a database and a file system backup. It was offered for $3,800.[5] A Windows NT port was released with version 2.3.[6] Version 2.55 was released in 1997 and included support for HP-UX and IBM AIX.[7]

In the interim, Hewlett-Packard withdrew development from Slovenia through to Germany. Significant time was spent delivering version 3.5.2 for Solaris. Once complete however, this allowed quick ports through to Tru64 and Linux.

With version 5.0, the OmniBack name was dropped. Since then, the product has been called HP Openview Storage Data Protector and HP StorageWorks Data Protector,[8] or commonly just HP Data Protector.

HP announced the release of HP Data Protector 9.0 (as a part of its Adaptive Backup & Recovery initiative) in May 2014. It was released in July 2014 along with two companion products: HP Data Protector Management Pack and HP Backup Navigator.[9]

Since Micro Focus acquired HPE Software in 2017, it is now named Micro Focus Data Protector.[10]


  1. ^ "HP OpenView OmniBack II versions 3.5 and 4.1 Support Discontinuance Announcement" (PDF) (Press release). HP.com. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  2. ^ John Cox (3 April 1989). "Delving into the various modules of Apollo's NCS". Network World. p. 50.
  3. ^ "Business Wire. "HP Announces New Versions of its Enterprise Storage-Management Applications -- HP OpenView OmniBack II and OmniStorage"" (Press release). Hewlett-Packard. 4 March 1996. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  4. ^ "HP porting management apps to Sun". Network World. 20 July 1992. p. 12.
  5. ^ Duffy, Jim (2 December 1996). HP fortifies management tool. IDG Network World Inc.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://ulisse.elettra.trieste.it/services/doc/omniback/ReleaseNote255.pdf[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "HP Data Protector". Tideway.com. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Data Protection: Enterprise Backup & Recovery Solutions | Micro Focus".

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