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Storage Clips: IBM steps up compliance push

IBM helps partners build compliance practices; Engenio signs OEM deal with Huawei in China; FilesX offers tapeless backup.

IBM helps partners build compliance practices
IBM has announced a series of partner initiatives to address regulatory requirements for data retention through the building of compliance practice areas. The channel-ready pilot program provides systems integrators, partners and independent software vendors with the ability to create compliance practices that can help their clients plan, build, and implement compliance and data retention architectures. IBM will offer assistance with technical and industry education, sales, support and tools.

Engenio and Huawei sign OEM deal
Engenio Information Technologies Inc. and Huawei Technologies Co. announced an OEM agreement in which both companies will develop modular data storage systems to be sold in China. The systems will be engineered and manufactured by Engenio, and sold, installed and supported by Cisco rival Huawei, a company that specializes in research and development, and production and marketing of communications equipment for telecom carriers.

FilesX offers tapeless backup
FilesX announced the release of FilesX Tapeless Branches, a centralized backup and recovery product. Tapeless Branches helps multisite enterprises consolidate all backup and recovery from remote offices into one or more data centers, eliminating the tape-based backup infrastructure in all these locations along with the operational costs associated with tape, the company said.

Princeton Softech adds security
Database archiving specialist, Princeton Softech has released version 6.0 of its software which includes added support for security and authentication. Version 6.0 also supports Unicode, which provides one data format for data to be stored across different geographies. Instead of keeping separate instances of a database because the data is stored in different formats, companies can use Unicode to unify the formats, according to Princeton Softech.

Intransa adds replication
Intransa Inc., a provider of IP SAN storage systems, announced the general availability of StorAR software -- an asynchronous-based replication technology for disaster recovery (DR). StorAR is an add-on to Intransa's existing software for the IntraStor IP product family. The new DR capability allows the entire Intransa family of IP SANs to replicate data from one storage controller to another -- locally or remotely.

Netezza touts growth
Netezza Corp., which makes refrigerator-size appliances that crunch massive amounts of data fast -- has ended its 2004 fiscal year with 12 new customers, including, Acxiom and Telus Mobility (Canada's second-largest telco). It claims to have 23 total customers and 51 total system sales.

Exanet and Xinet announce compatibility
Exanet Inc., a provider of network-attached grid storage products, announced that the ExaStore data storage and access system integrates with the Xinet software products, providing users with access to their data, 24/7, with no downtime, the company said. ExaStore software enables printers and prepress shops to integrate different storage pools into a single system. ExaStore also provides file sharing across system platforms including Apple, Windows, Unix and Linux.

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