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Storage Clips: IBM launches records management service

Code-named "Blue SOX", IBM's new service offers a Web-based repository for records management. Overland adds software to disk backup app; LSI Logic announces design wins for SAS.

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IBM unveils records management service
IBM announced a new service, code-named "Blue SOX", that provides a Web-based repository for document and records management to help users comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). IBM Flexible Hosting Solutions, Workplace for Business Controls and Reporting (WBCR) Service, aka "Blue SOX", enables users to utilize IBM's WBCR application software via the Internet connecting to IBM server and storage technology. The service gives businesses an alternative to building and running their technology infrastructure in-house by tapping into computer systems in IBM data centers to provide management of WBCR application software. Big Blue said that the service uses existing IBM infrastructure, personnel and management expertise to help businesses lower costs and eliminate the challenges of deploying software on premises.

Onaro certified by IBM
Onaro Inc., provider of software that troubleshoots problems with SANs, announced that it's SANscreen software has completed interoperability testing with the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server Model 800 under the IBM TotalStorage Proven program. This program develops products that work together with third-party products. SANscreen and TotalStorage products can help customers support highly available, scalable and continuously validated SANs. The combined solution can also help speed deployment and simplify management of storage networks. As part of the program, SANscreen underwent testing at the Waltham, Mass. IBM Innovation Center for Business Partners. The process included tests for interoperability and functionality.

Overland adds remote mirroring to REO
Overland Storage Inc., a provider of backup and recovery products, introduced remote mirroring software for its REO series of disk-to-disk backup and recovery appliances. Multi-SitePAC provides remote backup mirroring that automates the manual process of backing up, centralizing and managing remote data – without requiring changes to backup systems or software, the company claims. Overland said that by using Multi-SitePAC, users can achieve near-instantaneous recovery, ensure business continuity, meet compliance requirements and reduce overall storage management costs.

Overland said that protecting remote site data traditionally entails deploying servers, backup software and tape autoloaders at each site, where personnel must change tapes and send them to a central location. This manual process often results in failed backups and missed recovery time objectives. Multi-SitePAC overcomes these issues, according to the company, by automatically replicating backup data in virtual tape format from a remote REO appliance to a central REO, where it can be consolidated, managed and archived to tape, if necessary. The backed up data resides centrally and yet remains cached at the remote site, enabling restores from either location.

Arkeia offers hot backup of SQL data
Arkeia Corp., a provider of enterprise backup products, announced the release of a plug-in for hot backup of Microsoft SQL Server data. The Arkeia Network Backup plug-in protects MS SQL servers in a heterogeneous environment without interrupting running services. Arkeia developers incorporated Virtual Device Interface technology to ensure a fast, reliable backup in Windows environments with a Linux or Unix backup server. The online backup is configured through the Arkeia graphical user interface, providing single click selection of the data to be backed up or restored. Backup levels are configurable for Machine, SQL Server Instance, Database, File Group or Individual File. Restore functions, including point-in-time recovery, can be automatic or manually configured for specified databases, file groups or files.

LSI Logic announces design wins for SAS
LSI Logic has secured serial-attached SCSI (SAS) design wins at four of the top five server manufacturers as the industry prepares to launch first generation SAS enterprise platforms. The four unnamed server manufacturers will use LSI Logic SAS products, including controller ICs, host bus adapters and MegaRAID storage adapter cards. The company is now shipping production volumes of its four- and eight-port SAS controller IC and the SASx12 expander. Revenue from the SAS design wins is expected to exceed $450 million over the next three years.

Storactive demos continuous backup at LegalTech
Storactive will demonstrate continuous data protection products Storactive LiveServ and Storactive LiveBackup at LegalTech New York, a legal industry technology tradeshow and conference. Storactive LiveServ is disk-based software that continuously backs up Exchange. The company said the product eliminates backup windows and ensures rapid data recovery of recent Exchange data. It restores individual messages, mailboxes and entire data stores up to the point of failure, even if log files are destroyed, said Storactive. Storactive LiveBackup centralizes distributed laptop and desktop data. It tracks all file versions and allows users to perform real-time restores up to the moment of data loss.

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