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Storage Clips: NetApp tightens integration with Oracle

NetApp introduces SnapValidator software to support data integrity of Oracle database; BlueArc CTO quits; NTP Software develops compliance software.

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NetApp tightens integration with Oracle
Network Appliance Inc. has introduced SnapValidator storage software for Oracle database environments. The product is capable of end-to-end validation of Oracle Database blocks for data integrity supporting SAN, NAS and IP SAN before it gets written to NetApp devices. The Oracle Hardware Assisted Resilient Data Initiative is a comprehensive program designed to prevent data corruptions before they happen. By implementing Oracle's data validation algorithms inside storage devices, SnapValidator provides Oracle on NetApp database users with an enhanced "integrity-check" by proactively checking and intercepting potential data corruption or loss.

BlueArc CTO quits
As expected, BlueArc's founder and chief technology officer Dr. Geoff Barrell has quit the company and been replaced by Shmuel Shottan, expanding his previous role with BlueArc. Barrell has joined the board of Tacit Networks and is also working in an advisory capacity with Brocade and Data Domain.

NTP Software develops compliance line
NTP Software announced it plans to create a suite of software products intended to give users the ability to meet their obligations under recent federal and international regulations including: Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, HIPAA and SEC 17a-4. NTP Software will extend its shipping Universal User-based Management technology that currently manages storage for millions of users, worldwide to include the features and functions required for compliance. The new products will be delivered to the market in two phases. The first, QFS Compliance Vision will be available in Q1 of 2005. The second, QFS Compliance RT, the real-time report version, will be available in Q3 of 2005.

Arizona Research Labs gets IBM grant
The Arizona Research Labs at the University of Arizona has received a grant from IBM to build a new storage infrastructure that will include IBM disk and tape systems along with virtualization and Tivoli software. The goal is to build a massively scalable system that will give the University of Arizona's life sciences researchers efficient access and ability to manage vast amounts of biological data.

Hospital authority taps FalconStor
Styrian Hospitals Authority Ltd. (KAGes), has implemented FalconStor's IPStor software for centralized storage management and scalability, as well as data replication to a secondary site for disaster recovery purposes in the field of office automation and desktop services. KAGes' staff of about 15,000 across its 20 regional hospitals and one nursing home treats about 250,000 inpatients and 600,000 outpatients annually. In its task to be economically and environmentally aware, and to achieve organizational efficiency, KAGes established a central contact point for patients' complaints, as well as an advisory committee on quality assurance with regular conferences to ensure a steady improvement in quality in the Styrian Hospitals.

Storactive releases LiveBackup 2.8
Storactive Inc., a provider of continuous data protection technology, announced the release of LiveBackup 2.8, for backup and recovery of Windows laptop and desktop PCs. New functionality centers on recovery tools and includes Dynamic Checkpoints, a File Migration Wizard and bootable DVD support. All the new features are designed to speed the recovery process, and get the system up and running to avoid user downtime.

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