Since IBM announced its open source storage resource management (SRM) initiative, dubbed Aperi, at Storage Networking World last week, the industry has been buzzing over the consequences for HP and its $280 million acquisition of SRM startup AppIQ. HP held a conference call with press and analysts this week to reinforce its own open standards program, OpenIQ.
"Open source is not open standards, and open source does not mean free or low cost to a customer," said Ash Ashutosh, founder of AppIQ and now chief technology officer of HP's storage management software group. "You still have to go build a solution. The question is, what works? One works, and the other...we don't know yet."
HP's approach is to offer integrated storage and server management software prepackaged and ready to go, whereas IBM is creating the middleware and betting that customers will want to customize, and pick and choose management applications to run on top.
Frank Harbist, vice president and general manager of HP's storage software group said the two programs might not be mutually exclusive and that anything that furthers open standards is good for customers.
Primera ships appliance with EMC Dantz
Primera Technology Inc. announced its OptiVault Archival Appliance, an automated, robotically controlled appliance that backs up and recovers Microsoft server data onto optical media. The product also ships with EMC Dantz Restrospect, Single Server Edition with Restrospect Agent for Exchange.
MiraLink refreshes DR products
MiraLink announced a new line of IP-based disaster recovery products. The appliances use the company's Data Mirroring Engine software. The boxes start at $5,000 depending on model.
MiraLink also announced a new channel partner program offering Platinum, Premium and Certified levels, which include different marketing and sales tools, as well as free trials and discounts.
Storactive announces Exchange search tool
Storactive announced the newest release of its LiveServ CDP product for Exchange, which now includes an e-mail message search tool. The new release of LiveServ can also service a greater range of message and mailbox-level recovery requests, including messages, mailboxes or databases from any previous point in time.
NetEx accelerates Sanrad
NetEx announced it will combine its application accelerator, HyperIP Data Replication Optimizer with Sanrad's Global Disaster Recovery product for IP-SANs.
StoreAge announces customer
StoreAge announced that construction firm TDIndustries has implemented StoreAge's SVM product to manage its storage arrays and migrate to Windows 2003 by virtualizing volumes on its SAN.
XOsoft announces InMotion
XOsoft announced InMotion, which automates upgrades, maintenance and migration tasks for Microsoft Exchange Server. Users can perform online mailbox moves, which moves data and mailbox accounts between Exchange servers while users are online, as well as bulk mailbox move. The product also does automation of target server configuration, and automatically checks for configuration consistency.
Cabinet NG unveils ILM features
Cabinet NG Inc. announced that its document management solution includes new information lifecycle management (ILM) capabilities, including retention classes defined to designate a document expiration period; a provision for permanent documents; cabinet-to-cabinet copying now supporting an expanded variety of drives, including: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R and DVD-RW; and version control, which allows a user to save a new version of a document each time it is edited.
MaXXan adds encryption
MaXXan announced that it has added data-at-rest encryption support to its MXV line of intelligent switches. Existing users can add the encryption capability with an encryption line card from MaXXan. The MXV platform with encryption will be shipping first quarter of 2006.
ADIC introduces new tape library
ADIC announced the Scalar i500 midrange tape library based on its iPlatform architecture and iLayer management software.