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Archive migration company makes software generally available

We reported on an archive migration software startup, Procedo, late last year while it was still in the early stages of delivering product (usually attached to services). Today, the company came out with its first generally available software offering for migrating archive data between repositories while maintaining chain of custody. This GA offering also comes with some more features folded in, including storage resource discovery and reporting.

According to founder and CEO Joe Kvidera, the Procedo Archive Migration Manager (PAMM) Suite 3.0 bundles what had been separate pieces of software and migration tools into one product which allows features to be unlocked using license keys. During services engagements, Procedo staffers (often brought in by a bigger company like Symantec Corp.) instead bring the appropriate sets of tools to conduct the migration.

Pricing for those license keys depends on the applications and capacity to be migrated, according to Kvidera, from $5000 per TB for a simple file-system migration to up to $45,000 for migration involving complex applications with proprietary APIs such as EMC Corp.’s Centera. Kvidera said the average price would be somewhere in the range of $25,000 per TB.

PAMM is made up of a cluster of at least three servers, one for ingesting data from the old archive, another for writing to the new archive and a SQL server that tracks each message according to the object ID assigned to it at either end. The SQL database uses snapshots temporarily stored on storage area network (SAN) storage to validate that object IDs match on both ends, while the data is converted and migrated. The SQL instance then becomes a chain-of-custody log in case the validity of the data being migrated is questioned. The database tracking also means that failed or incomplete migrations can be corrected.

With PAMM 3.0, users can perform load balancing features across multiple migration servers, and destination archives for migration will now include cloud services LiveOffice and MessageOne. “We have closed a couple of deals with those services already this quarter,” Kvidera said.

Finally, PAMM 3.0 adds a new user interface with wizards to aid in migrations and new storage discovery tools that help users assess what they have in an archive before beginning the migration. “Customers often don’t have a clue what they have,” Kvidera said, describing the new PAMM feature as a kind of “mini SRM” useful for planning archive migration projects. Reporting and analysis can also be performed on that data, but today canned reports are limited to storage reporting and trending analysis on the archive. In the second quarter, he said, more reports will become available.

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