By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2006-04-24 Print this article Print

Archive Profiles

RISS has two basic user profiles for the e-mail archive: The profile for users who need to be monitored for compliance reasons archives all messages and implements retention rules; with the profile for standard users, IT managers can tailor archive rules for specific needs (such as messages of a certain size or messages to or from a specific user or company).

License fees will be cheaper for compliance user accounts, but IT managers can probably save more money using standard user accounts with carefully crafted archive rules. (HP declined to provide exact pricing.)

Click here to read about how HP is banking on continuous protection for storage. During tests, the RISS 1.4s content discovery features were easy to use and quite speedy. The RISS 1.4 has a handy quarantine repository in which compliance officers can store the results of previous queries.

The HP StorageWorks FMA (File Migration Agent) is available for customers that want to add data to the grid; pricing starts at $2,400 per server.

FMA, which currently supports only Windows servers, allows IT managers to create archive policies for moving content to the RISS grid. In terms of functionality, its ability to perform file-level replication is similar to what we have seen from other vendors, including Xosoft.

As you would expect in a CAS solution, the RISS 1.4 has SIS (Single Instance Storage) capabilities, ensuring that multiple copies of the same message or document are not stored on the RISS grid.

However, with the RISS 1.4, a small change (a couple of bytes or so) in a document will cause the creation of a new document. HP officials said data deduplication functionality will be added to Version 1.5 of RISS to improve storage efficiency. (For example, if a single word in, say, a 16MB PowerPoint presentation were changed, future versions of RISS would keep track of the change instead of creating a new 16MB version of the file.)

When data in the RISS expires, the SmartCells delete the file and use Department of Defense-level file shredding to make sure that the file cannot be recovered at a later date.

HP officials have stated that XAM (Extensible Access Method) will be supported as the standard evolves. The JSR-170 standard also may be supported down the road, but HP has made no commitment as yet.

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