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ADIC jumps on ILM bandwagon

Rich Castagna

PHOENIX – Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC), the Redmond, Wash., open systems storage hardware and software vendor, introduced a new version of its StorNext Management Suite (SNMS) that the company claims will provide a solid foundation for Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) implementations.

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"ILM" may be the most uttered acronym this week in and around the Storage Networking World conference here, but even if Information Lifecycle Management isn't at the tip of every storage manager's tongue, a cost-effective method of migrating data to appropriate media is definitely top of mind.

SNMS uses the company's StorNext File System to supports heterogeneous hosts, including Sun Solaris, SGI Irix, IBM AIX, Linux and Windows, in a shared-file environment. Using policy-based automation, the StorNext Storage Manager component of SNMS routes data to primary, secondary or tape storage, and migrates or replicates it based on predetermined retention criteria.

SNMS 2.3, announced at the conference, beefs up the product's platform and OS support by adding 64-bit RedHat Linux (on Intel Itanium). Also new to this release are improved data migration procedures and replication of data to up to four different media types including WORM tape.

Steve Whitner, ADIC's director of marketing, emphasized the importance of effectively managing data before embarking on full ILM deployment, citing regulatory compliance in particular as "a strong catalyst for ILM."

Whitner claims ADIC's approach, built on unified storage and policy-based data management, will help users develop a realistic idea of what ILM really is and help dispel the misconception that "ILM is everything."

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