By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-07-02 Print this article Print

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.
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.
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.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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