EMC Eyes Data Growth

Software and services demote idle information to cheaper storage.

EMC Corp. is expanding its storage management initiative with a software suite that gives organizations tools for limiting the volume of data that can be placed in their enterprise databases.

The new DatabaseXtender suite enables organizations to monitor database growth and identifies and relocates inactive data to various lower-cost storage devices. As a result, enterprises will achieve improved database performance, according to Don Swatik, vice president of global solutions for EMC, in Hopkinton, Mass.

The storage vendor plans to debut DatabaseXtender along with a handful of new ILM (Information Lifecycle Management) services at Oracle Corp.s Oracle AppsWorld conference in San Diego this week.

"A big key [to ILM] is being able to move inactive data to an appropriate class of storage and minimize data in databases, improve performance [and] manageability, and be able to back the data up," said Swatik. "Tiered storage is a big part of that."

Enterprise IT departments recognize the need to control data growth.

"We were seeing 5 to 8 percent growth in data from month to month thats significantly active transaction data," said Mike Sink, IT operations manager at Cleveland-based Kichler Lighting. "If you dont get that under control, the consequence is lackluster performance over time, and youll have to throw more iron at it."

The new software suite features several components, including DatabaseXtender Optimizer, which moves inactive transactions out of the production database while maintaining user access through native applications. The Analyzer component monitors growth patterns and database application performance, and Subsetter creates subset copies of the production database. All these components are available now.

A module called Archiver, due at midyear, archives online data for ATA-based storage, tape or content address storage systems.

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