EMC Corp. and Microsoft this week strengthened their alliance around enterprise content management (ECM). As part of the alliance, EMC will introduce two new content and archiving products that enable tighter integration between Documentum ECM and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office 2007 and SQL Server 2005. Users will be able to access the Documentum repository natively from within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Office.
Documentum support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is scheduled to be available this quarter. EMC Documentum Content Services for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 and EMC Documentum Archive Services for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 are scheduled to be available during the first quarter of 2007.
It's not clear at this stage how Microsoft's support of the XAM (extensible access method) specification, which provides a universal data access interface, affects this work with Documentum. If, as is eventually envisioned by the XAM group, applications like SQL Server will eventually write directly to storage systems, there would presumably be no need for middleware like Documentum. John McCormick, vice president of product management, Content Management Software, at EMC was not aware of the XAM specification.
QLogic Corp. announced that it will acquire SilverStorm Technologies Inc. for approximately $60 million in cash. SilverStorm makes InfiniBand switches for cluster and grid computing networks.
U.S. DOD builds mammoth SAN
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is finishing the deployment of a storage backbone with more than 17,000 Fibre Channel (FC) switch ports, according to Brocade Communications Systems Inc., which is supplying the switching fabric. Brocade is claiming that the storage area network (SAN), which will support multiple subfabrics and multiple petabytes of storage, is the largest ever built.
NetApp supports 10 GigE
Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) announced 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) support across the company's high-end and midrange product lines. Both the FAS3000 and the FAS6000 platforms were "10 GigE ready" when they were announced. NetApp has tested the functionality with 10 GigE switches from Foundry Networks Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc., and with iSCSI software initiators for Red Hat Inc. Linux, SUSE Linux, Sun Solaris 10 and Microsoft Windows environments.
In a separate announcement, NetApp announced that it has shipped its 10,000th SAN. NetApp SAN deployments include 3,000 FC SANs and 7,000 IP SANs. IDC's Storage Tracker also shows that NetApp continues to hold first-place position in the iSCSI market in terms of revenue and capacity in both the second quarter of 2006 and the first half of 2006. Market share for the second quarter of 2006 in terms of capacity shipped at 44% and in revenue at 28%.
Adaptec updates Snap Server line
Adaptec Inc. announced three new storage systems, the Snap Server 110, 210 and 410, which will include the GuardianOS operating system, the same software platform that runs on the midrange Snap Server product line. This means the smaller boxes can now offer unified block (via. iSCSI) and file support, as well as optional applications for data replication, disk-to-disk backup and disaster recovery. Previously, the remote/branch office and small and midsized business (SMB) Snap Servers had run a different, now retired software platform called SnapOS. The Snap Server 110, 210 and 410 scale from 160 GB to 2 terabytes (TB) in desktop or rack mount formats and are priced between $500 and $3,000.
IBM, Avokia set record for long-range database clustering
IBM and Avokia Inc. announced they have developed a long-range database clustering technology, which is the first of its kind to link active data servers located thousands of miles apart. The active-active database clustering system was created for Espressocode, a software provider for the freight and customs industries. The installation combines IBM's new DB2 9 "Viper" data server, Avokia's apLive database clustering software and Espressocode's Exdocs logistics management software to continuously synchronize databases located roughly 2,500 miles apart in Toronto and San Francisco.
Sanbolic clusters HP SMB boxes
Sanbolic Inc. demonstrated its Melio Cluster File System and LaScala volume manager with the new Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) All-in-One Storage System for SMBs. The clustered file system (CFS) would allow end users to aggregate multiple HP All-in-One Storage Systems, presenting a single file system and namespace for file serving and/or a large iSCSI storage pool. HP's All-in-One system was announced two weeks ago. The NAS/IP SAN box, which integrates features of Windows Storage Server 2003, starts at $5,000. No customers of the clustered configuration were available, according to Sanbolic, as the combination was only tested and certified by both companies last week.
Skoda Auto dedupes with Diligent
Diligent Technologies Corp. and SIT, a value-added reseller (VAR) partner located in the Czech Republic, announced that car manufacturer Skoda Auto deployed Diligent¹s ProtecTier virtual tape library (VTL) at its two main data centers. By using the deduplication feature on the VTL, Skoda handles the backup and restore of 450 TB of data on 37 TB of disk.
Zmanda launches backup for MySQL
Open source backup company Zmanda Inc. announced that a new open source backup and recovery software product will support open source MySQL databases. Zmanda estimates that MySQL currently has around 10 million active installations, including Internet and Web 2.0 businesses. Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL includes any-point-in-time recovery capability, an automatic backup scheduler, the ability to set backup retention policies, as well as reporting and monitoring.
Index Engines creates searchable tape archive
Index Engines Inc. released its TE-200 Tape Engine, which indexes the contents of offline tape media, allowing users to search their tape archives to comply with legal discovery requests without having to restore the data. The patent pending indexing engine supports backup software formats, such as IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager, and software from EMC-Legato and Veritas Software. The TE-200 is available now with prices starting at $29,500.
Teneros extends email failover across the WAN
Teneros Inc. has added disaster recovery to its email continuity appliance with the Teneros Disaster Recovery Appliance for Microsoft Exchange. Like the local area network (LAN)-based Teneros Application Continuity Appliances for Microsoft Exchange, the new Teneros Disaster Recovery Appliance protects against Exchange outages across the wide area network (WAN) and continues email operation in the event the primary site goes down. The box also performs administrator-initiated failback. The next step for the Teneros appliance is support for legal and compliance email archives from KVS and Iron Mountain, the company said.
Atempo updates security, VMware interop
Atempo Inc. announced the release of Time Navigator 4.1. This latest version of the backup software features the second generation of Time Navigator's security module -- Security and Compliance Manager -- and features new support for VMware Inc.'s ESX Servers.
Arkeia announces Network Backup 6.0
Arkeia Software announced Arkeia Network Backup Version 6.0, which includes LAN-free backup for SAN environments, remote drive management, disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) support and an integrated VTL feature. The software is available this month, beginning at $1,000 per SAN attached server. Remote Drive Management begins at $500 per managed drive, and integrated VTL is free up to 1 TB and is then priced based on VTL size starting at $2,500 up to 5T B. D2D2T will be available later in the fourth quarter 2006 and will start at $1,000 per backup server.
Susquehanna International Group chooses Tek-Tools
Susquehanna International Group (SIG), a sales, research, investment banking and market making firm, has chosen Tek-Tools Inc.'s storage monitoring and reporting suite, StorageProfiler, to manage its NetApp storage environment in offices throughout the world, including the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia.
Weta Digital pumps out visual effects with BlueArc
BlueArc Corp. announced that visual effects studio Weta Digital Ltd. has implemented its Titan 2000 storage system for use in its visual effects development process.