Archivas Soups up Software With Search

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Storage software maker Archivas upgraded its core application with new search and indexing perks and added more availability and performance.

The Waltham, Mass., company’s Cluster (ArC), version 1.5 software is different from data movement applications manufactured by rivals Veritas, OuterBay or iLumin.

ArC is data repository software that receives content from other e-mail or database movers and associates policies to the files before tucking them away.

ArC, which stores files in XML and HTML so that applications are not chained to the archive, is so named because it runs as a cluster on any Linux-based server. The trick is open software API, which appears to applications or users as a file system.

Ashim Zaheer, a vice president at Archivas, said the indexing feature is crucial from systems where millions of files, such as e-mails, PDFs, or photos are stored. Archiving products from vendors like EMC, Network Appliance and HP have advanced search utilities, too. But Zaheer said ArC searches file contents, not just meta data or file names.

“So if you’re a large company trying to dig out e-mail related to an employee in a customer interaction from five years ago, you can do a keyword search on a term that might be embedded in an e-mail or IM between those two parties,” Zaheer said. “It makes search and retrieval much easier.”

Archivas is looking to be a leader in the emerging content-addressed storage (CAS) market for storing data that must not be changed, which is something enterprise customers have been focusing on in the wake of more stringent record-retention policies.

Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and other regulations have been a thorn in the sides of corporations, which is why they are adding new technology, such as CAS software, to meet the demands.

Zaheer said compliance rules are a major reason why ArC 1.5 can also now sustain up to three simultaneous failures at one time by making multiple copies of a file and its metadata in a cluster. Competing products absorb one failure.

Lastly, by tweaking the software-messaging layer, Archivas engineers have boosted the performance of ArC v1.5 over the previous version, meaning more files can be written into the archive. ArC 1.5 absorbs files at five times the performance of the competition, vital for organizations archiving millions of e-mails.

With the upgrades, the company hopes to grow its customer base beyond the dozen it won over since launching earlier this year, Zaheer said.

ArC 1.5 is available now, is generally $12 and $15 a gigabyte including hardware. Current customers include the The New York Botanical Garden and NASA’s, Goddard Space Flight Center and Cancer Therapy & Research Center.

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Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.
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