Storage Clips: IBM pares down TSM for SMBs

IBM announced Tivoli Storage Manager Express edition, a backup-only, simplified and lower priced version of its enterprise software.

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IBM pares down TSM for SMBs
IBM announced it is targeting the small and midsized business (SMB) market with Tivoli Storage Manager Express (TSMX) edition software, a lower priced, backup-only version of its enterprise Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software.

The Windows-only TSMX makes primary backups only to disk, while the enterprise version of TSM allows initial backups to both disk and tape; TSMX will then create secondary copies to tape from the disk backup if necessary. TSMX will also allow users to push out updates to Exchange and SQL, and create live backups of those two databases (Enterprise TSM also will do live backups of DB2, Lotus Notes, MySAP and Oracle databases). Finally, TSMX includes simplified GUIs, e-mail reminders and wizards to guide a less-experienced administrator through the process of managing storage; IBM's previously released continuous data protection for file modules for laptops; and a direct upgrade path to TSM Enterprise edition.

Optovia offers longer synchronous replication
Networking amplifier systems company Optovia Corp. announced it will be bringing its optical amplifier products to the enterprise storage market for long-distance synchronous replication. SpanExpress uses Optovia's proprietary optical transport mechanism to locate data centers up to 200 kilometers away without having to do midspan amplification.

The boxes, one of which needs to be purchased at each end of the wire, are pricey -- so pricey that Optovia declined to give any figures but showed a price metric declaring the SpanExpress product to be "less expensive than maintaining a midspan amplification site," including building rent for one year. It estimated building rent at $1,500 a month, plus $500 for power.

Melrow to OEM FalconStor
FalconStor announced that it has entered into an OEM agreement with Melrow Technology, a manufacturer of iSCSI storage subsystems and cluster systems in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Melrow will OEM FalconStor's iSCSI Storage Server software based on IPStor.

Xiotech completes acquisition of Daticon
Xiotech Corp. said today it has completed its acquisition of the assets of Daticon, a Norwich, Conn.,-based litigation support and document conversion services company, for $30 million. Daticon will continue to manage paper and electronic documents for law firms, corporations and government agencies involved in litigation, merger activities or regulatory compliance matters. It will use expertise from Xiotech to expand its electronic evidence management services.

DNUK, Chelsio partner on iSCSI
iSCSI acceleration adapter and ASIC chip maker Chelsio Communications Inc. and DNUK, a U.K. supplier of storage systems, announced that Chelsio's T210-CX4 10 Gigabit Ethernet TCP/IP offload engine/iSCSI acceleration adapters will be offered with DNUK's Linux storage products.

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