For its part, OuterBay is teaming up with NEC Solutions America to help PeopleSoft Inc. customers get to their data. OuterBays Application Data Management Suite will allow enterprises to relocate inactive PeopleSoft data to less expensive storage classes while retaining connected, real-time access to that data. OuterBay officials in Campbell, Calif., said that the motivation for the pairing is that stringent data retention requirements, worldwide consolidations and software upgrades are leading to massive increases in data growth that affect systems performance. PeopleSoft upgrades in particular are a challenge, officials said, that result in long outages and significant increases in database size.Over time, customers can monitor and forecast data growth, set and enforce data retention policies, and relocate or archive data to cost-effective storage, allowing companies to set aggressive data retention policies and reduce the data stored in live production environments from years worth down to months worth. By slashing data growth rates, other resources can be freed up, including network capacity, server processing bandwidth, storage capacity and IT personnels time. Officials cite savings figures from customers that get up to 70 percent better performance, 60 percent for database reductions, and storage savings in the millions annually.
OuterBays ADM tool is designed to allow users to proactively monitor, detect, diagnose and resolve data growth issues through application data lifecycle. The aim is to identify inactive application data and transfer it to cheaper storage devices, where it remains online and accessible to users from existing application user interfaces.