Storage Clips: IBM adds e-mail support to CDP

IBM announced enhanced capabilities for its CDP software; Data Domain announced the release of a VTL option for its highly compressed storage boxes.

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IBM boosts CDP
IBM announced that its Continuous Data Protection (CDP) for Files software will offer increased subfile backup for Lotus Notes and Microsoft Outlook files, new administrative tools to simplify management, as well as improved replication speed.

The new software also automatically senses which portions of massive end-user e-mail files change and moves only the modified pieces, rather than refreshing the entire archive every time the files change. A new settings panel allows users to "pause" replication, and lets users dictate how much bandwidth the software will use. Finally, a new remote space configuration field allows customers to control how many versions per file will be stored on remote targets.

Data Domain announces VTL option
Data Domain announced a virtual tape library (VTL) option for customers using Fibre Channel SANs attached to its DD400 storage boxes. The boxes offer from 20 to 50x compression and can emulate up to 47 virtual LTO drives, and up to 100,000 virtual cartridges. The VTL supports 1 GB or 2 GB Fibre Channel links. Customers can also use both the VTL interface and Data Domain's existing NAS-style Ethernet-based file service interfaces simultaneously. Data Domain VTL also offers support for the Data Domain Replicator, so compressed virtual tape images can be automatically copied across the WAN to a disaster recovery site. The Data Domain VTL has been successfully tested with Veritas NetBackup and Backup Exec, and EMC Legato Networker, IBM, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard and CommVault.

The Data Domain VTL option is available immediately for any product in the DD400 Enterprise Series. Pricing starts at $4,000 for a DD410 VTL.

Iron Mountain launches DataDefense
Iron Mountain Inc. announced the availability of DataDefense, a service that will provide encryption and elimination of data on lost or stolen PCs. The new service will be offered through Iron Mountain's PC backup software and service channels, and is developed in conjunction with Beachhead Software.

AMCC to OEM Nimbus
Nimbus Data Systems Inc. announced it has signed an OEM agreement with Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC). Under the terms of the agreement, Nimbus will develop IP storage controllers that run its Halo iSCSI software for AMCC. AMCC in turn will resell them to server and storage OEMs, and system integrators. Nimbus also hinted at further announcements in the coming months, including the general availability of an iSCSI storage system it claims outpaces 4 Gb Fibre Channel systems, as well as iSCSI server software for Microsoft Windows Server 2003.

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