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Sun signs deal for standards-based management
Sun Microsystems Inc. and Burlington, Mass.-based software startup AppIQ Inc. have entered a partnership under which Sun's StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager (ESM) framework will use technology from AppIQ's StorageAuthority Suite to advance its heterogeneous management capabilities. Sun has high hopes that the partnership will add end-to-end management of applications and databases as well as advanced data path provisioning capabilities.
Products resulting from the licensing and co-development partnership will include enhanced versions of Sun's SAN management, storage resource management and heterogeneous provisioning software. The new products will be available from Sun in the second half of 2004.
Hitachi Data Systems, a long-time Sun partner, has also announced a partnership with AppIQ in recent months.
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Disk-based backup for the everyman
Avail Solutions launched a software tool this week that manages disk-to-disk, disk-to-tape and other storage backup media combinations. Integrity 2.0, the latest version of Avail's Combined Media Data Protection software, features a central metadata catalog that spans multiple storage environments. The company, which is based in Escondido, Calif., is offering Integrity 2.0 as a viable, low cost alternative to products from IBM's Tivoli software group.
"What we wanted to do is be the product for the everyman or the everyday company who wants to take advantage of disk-to-disk and disk-to-tape backup technology. We can go after the mom and pop shops. We don't have the bandwidth to go head-to-head with the IBM's of the world," said Randy Thorburn, vice president of marketing for Avail Solutions.
Avail has also added support for single tape drives, FAT files and multiple storage environments to its software.
Read more about disk-to-disk and disk-to-tape backup in our Resource guide to disk-based backup
GST gets crazy with tape program
Storage hardware manufacturer GST Inc., Lake Forest, Calif., has announced an initiative to convert IBM users into GST tape customers. The new plan, dubbed the "Stop the Insanity Program," provides GST tape systems as a replacement for IBM tape units for an equivalent monthly cost. The program provides for a lease or purchase option over 36 months for the same monthly cost as IBM's monthly service payments. The GST unit can be purchased for one dollar upon completion of the 36 month lease. An optional rebate is also available to pay the user for the IBM tape unit if it is turned in to GST. The program lasts through May 31, 2004.
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