Storage Digest: News from StorageTek, Rocksoft, UltraBac, EMC

StorageTek's data-archive solution combines disk, tape ... Rocksoft's tool kit eliminates network, storage redundancy ... Updates to image-based disaster-recovery software expand support ... EMC focuses on Microsoft enhancements.

Three very different approaches to protecting and managing data are spotlighted in this weeks storage digest.
  • StorageTeks Data Archive Solution Combines Disk, Tape

StorageTek of Louisville, Colo., this week announced an intelligent archive and compliance solution for the enterprise.

IntelliStore uses disk for access and relies on tape for scalability, treating them as a single pool of storage. The combination of technologies moves data to different tiers of storage as needed.

The solution, which starts at $75,000 for a four-terabyte configuration, allows midsized and large companies to capture business data as it is archived or migrated and to manage and migrate that data to various tiers of storage.

The solution also automates regulatory compliance by integrating compliance policy management across WORM (write-once, read-many) disk and tape, according to Brenda Zawatski, vice president of StorageTeks information lifecycle management solutions group.

Get more information here.

  • Rocksofts Tool Kit Eliminates Network, Storage Redundancy

The newest version of Rocksoft Ltd.s Blocklets Core Technology Portfolio (CTP) tool kit offers additional functionality that allows developers to optimize performance and better integrate the technology with their own products.

Version 1.2b of the CTP toolkit, which includes enhanced parsing algorithms and an extended API, extend the capabilities of the Dallas companys Blocklets technology, which reduces data redundancy in networking and storage architectures.

Get more information here.

  • Updates to Image-Based Disaster-Recovery Software Expand Support

UltraBac Software of Bellevue, Wash., has released major upgrades to the Pro and Gold editions of UBDR, its image-based disaster-recovery software. Both UBDR Pro v2.0 and UBDR Gold v2.0 now include P2V (physical to virtual) support for VMware servers, USB and FireWire storage devices, and Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).

The new P2V capability allows organizations to recover a machines image quickly and emulate the restored hardware configuration virtually, according to CEO Morgan Edwards. In addition, the products integration with VSS gives UBDR users better open file backup protection, he said.

UBDR Pro starts at $595 per server.

Get more information here.

  • EMC Focuses on Microsoft Enhancements

In an effort to work more seamlessly with Microsoft Windows, EMC has revamped many of its networked storage systems and software products. Enhancements include:

  • To support the Microsoft Simple SAN for Winders Server initiative, EMC will develop Simple SAN component products.
  • EMC will work with Microsoft to develop information management and protection solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
  • EMC Clariion systems, including the AX100i, CX300i and CX500i storage arrays, now are qualified as iSCSI "targets" by Microsoft, providing greater support for these solutions in Windows environments.
  • EMC PowerPath software for iSCSI now includes a Microsoft MPIO (Multipath I/O) version.
  • EMC Replication Manager products now comply with Microsofts VSS framework.

Get more information here.


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