Storage Clips: EMC unveils Smarts Application Discovery Manager

EMC debuted its new resource management software at its sixth annual EMC World conference.

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EMC unveils Smarts Application Discovery Manager
EMC Corp. announced the new EMC Smarts Application Discovery Manager yesterday at its sixth annual EMC World. The resource management software discovers and creates a model of an application environment, then continuously updates it and also maintains a log of changes to the applications. The new software also includes:

  • Native discovery of more than 500 applications
  • Ability to create port- and service-based applications
  • User-controlled configuration discovery using SNMP, SSH, WMI, Telnet and IP scanning
  • Server configuration information, including BIOS, CPU, DNS information, file systems, installed applications, IP addresses, memory, network devices and operating systems

EMC integrates Centera with Avamar
EMC Corp. and Avamar Technologies Inc. announced the release of Avamar Archive Manager at EMC World. Avamar Archive Manager provides automated, policy-based integration between Avamar's single-instancing Axion archiving software and EMC's Centera. As part of the new product release, Avamar has become an EMC CAS (content-addressed) storage Technology Partner.

Hitachi goes diskless
Hitachi Data Systems Inc. announced the availability of the Hitachi TagmaStore Network Storage Controller model NSC55 "disk-less" version. The disk-less Network Storage Controller for midsized enterprises completely separates disks from the controller, meaning customers can make up to 16 petabytes of externally attached heterogeneous storage into a Hitachi box. The product is available immediately from Hitachi's global direct sales force and through more than 500 channel partners worldwide.

Zmanda debuts open source backup software
New startup Zmanda Inc. came out of stealth by launching its flagship offering: the Zmanda Network with Amanda Enterprise Edition software, based on the Amanda open source data backup and recovery software developed at the University of Maryland over a decade ago. Zmanda has developed it from its original incarnation to support Windows machines, added security features, brought it up to date with support for new applications, improved its scalability and added a management GUI. The company expects the product, a package that includes a subscription service for support as well as the software for an annual fee, to compete with small and midsized business backup companies, such as Arkeia and BakBone, as well as Veritas' Backup Exec.

Zmanda's CEO, Chander Kant, said he had been working as an IT services provider and product integrator when he got the idea to use Amanda as the basis for open source backup software. "Every time one of our customers looked at the equation of how much they would spend on a proprietary product and what they'd spend on open source, they chose Amanda," Kant said.

Caltech picks Ibrix
Ibrix Inc. announced that the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has deployed its Fusion parallel file system in its Geosciences Computational Facility, which studies earthquakes. The system currently supports Caltech's CITerra cluster, a 2,048 processor system that ranks No. 41 on the current top 500 supercomputer sites list.

SkyWest picks Overland Storage
Overland Storage Inc. announced that SkyWest Airlines has deployed its REO disk-based backup and recovery appliances. Using REO 9000, SkyWest is able to complete full backups to tape within its weekend backup window – an 80% improvement over its SAIT tape loader, which took 90 hours. The new system now completes nightly backups to disk in less than six hours – nearly half the time of the previous system. SkyWest also replaced the tape loader with Overland's NEO 2000 tape library.

Disuk announces optical encryption
Disuk announced encryption of "data in-flight" for optical storage media. The capability has been added to Disuk's Paranoia2 data encryption appliances and certified by optical storage specialist Plasmon following integration testing with its UDO (Ultra Density Optical) media libraries.

Copan boosts MAID
Copan Systems announced that it has added 500 GB drives, boosting the density of its Revolution 200 series of virtual tape librariess, which offers 448 terabytes (TB) in a single cabinet.

XOsoft announces WANSync 4.0
XOsoft announced the latest release of its replication and failover software. WANSync Version 4.0 includes a new wizard for installation, remote installation for simultaneous installations on hundreds of servers, remote configuration, support for Unix, new versions of Linux and 64-bit systems, and support for Blackberry devices.

BakBone supports MySQL
BakBone Software Inc. announced a NetVault backup application plug-in module (APM) for MySQL. The APM consolidates the backup and recovery of multiple MySQL storage engines or instances into a single job; performs full and incremental MySQL backups; and includes support for database data in MyISAM, InnoDB, memory and merge storage engines. BakBone is a MySQL Network Gold Certified Partner.

Avid opens storage
Avid Technology Inc. introduced an open storage initiative that allows customers to run third-party applications on Avid storage systems. Professionals can now use virtually any third-party Mac OS X or Windows XP content creation tool with the Avid VideoRAID and Avid Unity product lines. In addition, Avid has tripled the storage headroom of the Avid Unity ISIS system to 192 TB and doubled the capacity for the Avid Unity MediaNetwork and LANshare systems. All Avid Unity systems also support Avid Interplay, a workflow engine for media production.

CM4all aims WebDrive at ISPs
Web content management software maker CM4all announced the release of WebDrive, a new application service provider Web storage service aimed at Internet service providers (ISPs), Web hosts, telcos and cable providers who want to offer online file storage space. WebDrive functions as a file manager, viewer and a sharing application that can be controlled and managed on any computer or device with Internet access.

Plasmon opens partner program
Plasmon PLC announced a new archive partner program for resellers of its UDO products, offering channel partners higher margins and business development training through Plasmon's Opportunity Registration Program.

Tech Data to resell Cisco
Tech Data Corp. will resell Cisco Systems Inc.'s MDS 9000 SAN switches, the companies announced. Tech Data also announced it has been selected as the first U.S. IT products distributor to offer Cisco MDS 9000 family solutions to Cisco Advanced Technology Program Partners.

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