Moonwalk Adds Disaster Recovery Features

Defends against primary data loss using metadata in file stubs

Moonwalk Inc. today updated its Moonwalk 6.0 suite with new disaster recovery functionality. Moonwalk automatically moves data from primary storage to lower-cost storage units by applying user-defined rules and policies. version 6 adds automated disaster recovery of migrated files.

Moonwalk’s small agents create a stub for each file which is stored as metadata (it includes the age, size, location, file type, file name, file creator, and other classification data). When a stub is lost (because of a server failure, for example), Moonwalk reviews the metadata and restores the stubs to a location specified by the systems administrator. Besides providing continuity and integrity of the migrated environment, the program can be used to allow IT to rebuild or change their front end or back end when changing equipment (such as replacing outdated storage devices).

“Many data management and backup products often fail to integrate a seamless data recovery option, or force the user to over prepare for disaster by creating multiple sets or points or to use multiple tiers,” said Peter Harvey, CEO of Moonwalk, in a statement. “Disaster recovery and the related issue of business continuity are clearly critical pieces of the universal data protection and management puzzle, and Moonwalk addresses this aspect as well and as intelligibly as it does issues of archiving, compliance, server consolidation, and file management in general within one intuitive software suite.”

Pricing for Moonwalk 6.0, including the disaster recovery functionality, begins at $4000 per node. For more information, write to or visit

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