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Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005

First Look: Archivas ArC

Archivas' proprietary file system provides full access to archive objects regardless of what application created the file. @exb At a glance: Archivas ArC Company: Archivas Inc Product: ArC What it does: Provides long-term, scalable archival storage and fast access to fixed-content files Upside: Less expensive than competing products like EMC's Centera Downside: New vendor, proprietary technology Special features: WORM, RAIN architecture; distributed meta data repository Cost: $150,000 (15TB configuration, including software and hardware) @exe Companies are struggling with how to store files that won't--or must not--change but may need to be accessed. Primary Fibre Channel (FC) and SCSI disk is too costly, tape is too slow and laborious, and neither media has the management capabilities to ensure permanent file integrity. Waltham, MA-based Archivas Inc.'s ArC software lets companies store fixed-content files as write once, read many (WORM) data over the long term, yet provides fast access to files. It guarantees the storage and ...

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  • Securing IP SANs

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    How SRM products can help you discover capacity that isn't accessible to an array.

  • First Look: Archivas ArC

    Archivas' ArC software is a highly scalable archiving application that can store fixed content as WORM data while still providing quick access to files.

  • NAS heads: Gatekeepers for enterprise storage

    A NAS head can aggregate disk capacity on storage systems, making it easier to share files and usedisk space efficiently. NAS head capabilities vary, so understanding product features and your requirements is crucial.

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    Target-side TCP/IP Offload Engine chips have arrived, but the jury is still out on whether you should care.

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