Getting a Handle on Data

Storage vendors are using the occasion of this week’s Storage World Conference in Long Beach, Calif., to showcase their wares aimed at helping users gain control of far-flung data.

FalconStor, for one, joined the throng of vendors offering data de-duplication with its new Single Instance Repository (SIR) software, which provides a policy-driven redundant data elimination engine and object repository for backup and archive data designed to store only a single instance of each file or data block. The product also offers optional encryption, version tracking and faster recovery. SIR integrates with FalconStor’s virtual tape library (VTL) solution.

Fast Search & Transfer unveiled FAST InStream for Data Classification, which lets storage system, information management and data protection vendors develop solutions that classify and make searchable all available content, including both structured and unstructured data.

One company using the FAST solution is Archivas, which took the wraps off version 1.8 of its Archivas Cluster software. The new version offers improved search and discovery, including concurrent indexing of metadata and content and event-based updating of the full text and metadata index as retention status changes or as files are deleted.

The Archivas product also got a boost in scalability to 80 cluster nodes, with the ability to manage 30 million user files per node. By supporting underlying disk volumes up to 2TB in size, a single Archivas Cluster can support a single global namespace with 2.5PB of storage capacity, capable of managing more than 2 billion user files. Hitachi Data Systems last week unveiled a content-addressed storage (CAS) offering based on Archivas technology.

Brocade, meanwhile, announced that the software version of the Brocade Tapestry Wide Area File Services (WAFS) solution will be embedded in Nortel’s new Business Continuity System 3000, which consolidates branch office computing and networking applications for enterprise customers. Nortel’s branch office configuration uses Brocade Tapestry technology, including Storage Caching over IP (SC-IP) and file-aware intelligence.

Yosemite Technologies announced upgrades to its flagship Yosemite Backup product, including a big increase in baseline disk backup capacity, virtual tape options, and support for Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager (DPM) and Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). Pricing for capacity upgrades start at $1,699 from 8TB to 16TB, $7,229 from 8TB to unlimited capacity, and $6799 from 16TB to unlimited capacity. VTL and Microsoft features are extra.

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Paul Shread
eSecurity Editor Paul Shread has covered nearly every aspect of enterprise technology in his 20+ years in IT journalism, including an award-winning series on software-defined data centers. He wrote a column on small business technology for Time.com, and covered financial markets for 10 years, from the dot-com boom and bust to the 2007-2009 financial crisis. He holds a market analyst certification.

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