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Data Dynamics StorageX file migration app adds support

Data Dynamics' file migration application got a refresh to support 64-bit architecture, as well as NetApp and EMC Isilon clustering for a faster data migration process.

Data Dynamics Inc. this week upgraded its StorageX file migration application, making it cluster-aware with NetApp...

and EMC Isilon storage, and added security identifier (SID) mapping.

Data Dynamics also upgraded version 7.7 to a 64-bit architecture to move data faster and scale more effectively.

StorageX recognizes NetApp's Clustered Data OnTap operating system, as well as Isilon SmartConnect load balancing and failover software. It allows users to choose which nodes to use for reading and writing while helping to distribute I/O operations across individual nodes in a cluster. The file migration application uses 10-Gigabit Ethernet replication agents for load distribution.

"They always supported heterogeneous storage, but not clustering," said Jim Miller, senior analyst at Enterprise Management Associates Inc., in Boulder, Colo. "This clustering part is new, which is now more in vogue in these enterprises."

The StorageX platform includes a StorageX server console, Windows replication agent, a File Insight discovery utility, LogViewerX and Support Site kit -- all of which now run on a 64-bit architecture.

Along with SID mapping, the file migration software now includes an updated reporting capability to automatically analyze Network File System or CIFS connections, and an improved calendar scheduler to identify configuration problems.

Users can automatically map SIDs from the source to the destination by using one or more SID mapping rules. SID is a number used to identify users, groups and computer accounts in Windows systems. The enhancement allows any SID to be replaced in a CIFS security descriptor with any other SID. The Data Dynamics file migration software can also clean orphan SIDs and translate old-to-new SIDs across domains.

"This SID cleanup couldn't be done in the past without a lot of manual labor," Miller said.

StorageX's updated reporting offers detailed resource configuration reports in domain name system, LDAP, Network Time Protocol, WINS configurations, CIFS home directory configuration, virtual resource, volume file-system statistics, CIFS share properties, NFS export properties, and local users and groups.

"This helps properly identify the configurations during migration," said Shehan Akmeemana, CTO at Data Dynamics. "We automated that data collection. We also created a new scheduler, so you can see what is running and identify potential conflicts. We identify by source destination. You can see the entire status of what is scheduled, what time it is scheduled and on what resource."

StorageX file migration software also includes a "cutover planning" capability that allows users to cut over one or more file systems automatically via contained policies' schedules to end prior to the cutover window. The cutover plan automatically sets the final incremental copy to occur prior to the cutover plan window. When the cutover plan executes, it will run each of the policies assigned to it.

"We allow uses to pick 'x' number of policies," Akeemana said. "We know how long a job is. If you want to see if you can fit five jobs, we tell you if those jobs can fit in your cutover window."

StorageX 7.7 pricing begins at $50,000.

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