SQL LiteSpeed Slashes Storage Costs

 
 
By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-04-25 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

DBAssociates tool for SQL Server databases compresses and locks down data with 128-bit encryption as the data backs up.

DBAssociates is rolling out an easier way to back up Microsoft Corp. SQL Server databases. The news comes from Edgewood Solutions LLC, a Merrimack, N.H., consultancy and partner of DBAssociates, which is based in Melbourne, Australia. The software tool, SQL LiteSpeed, compresses and locks down data with 128-bit encryption as the data backs up. Edgewood officials said that such encryption protects the backup for off-site storage and also satisfies impending regulatory requirements for protecting personally identifiable data for legislation such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and SAS (Statement on Auditing Standards) 70.
Because of compression, the product can cut storage costs by up to 95 percent, Edgewood officials said, as well as up to 75 percent in aggregate storage costs for disk and tape media.
The upgrade of SQL LiteSpeed, for which DBAssociates has not yet designated a version number, features a GUI aimed at assisting DBAs (database administrators) in managing backups from a single desktop. It also maintains extended stored procedures and command-line interfaces for organizations that use such capabilities. Robert Lardizabal, a DBA for a Columbia, Md., company that services the credit-counseling industry, which he declined to name, has been using the version prior to the current update to back up some 12 production SQL Server instances. Lardizabal said SQL LiteSpeed reduces the amount of time and resources that it would normally take to do a backup by "an order of magnitude." The GUI doesnt appeal, however. Lardizabal said that his enterprise has no need for such an interface, since the extended store procedures the product already provides are a better fit for his needs. "It mimics the command structure of the native backup and restore" procedures, he noted. SQL LiteSpeed is priced per CPU, starting at $345. Encryption capabilities are offered as a flat rate per server. The product will be available in late May. Most Recent Storage Stories:
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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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