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The fat free storage diet

A N.J.-based company has debuted two archiving products that will help users get a grasp of their data.

Your waistline might not be the only thing you should think about trimming some fat off of this summer.

Princeton Softech, a subsidiary of Computer Horizons Corp., wants to help you get a handle on database bloat.

The company, based in Princeton, N.J., introduced two new archiving products - Archive for Servers Release 4.0 and Archive for DB2 Release 5.0 ? in an attempt to carry their experience in the mainframe world over to the client/server side of things.

"We're trying to carve our niche in the storage market," said Lisa Cash, president and CEO of Princeton Softech.

According to Princeton Softech, the basic principle is this: Active archiving can solve application performance problems by moving infrequently used data from production databases and putting it in an ?active? archive on a cheaper storage system where it is easy to research and selectively restore when needed, while the more important, frequently accessed files reside on a faster storage device. Trimming the less important data from the database speeds up system performance and subsequently boosts productivity.

While archiving is nothing new, Cash said that Softech's product takes a different tack than archiving products from competitors like Computer Associates and Tivoli because it extracts and stores the data in the context that it appears in the application. This, said Cash, protects the relational integrity of the database.

Princeton Softech's customer base is made up of users that live in OS/390. "With the introduction of Archive for Servers, we are bringing all the power and key features of our proven technology to the client/server world,? said Cash.

"Databases are the number one storage hog," said Industry Analyst Mike Grovesnor, of the Giga Information Group, Cambridge, Mass. With the explosion of CRM, ERP and SAP databases are growing at an unprecedented rate and Grovesnor said that products like Archive for Servers trims the fat off of your database and allows for more efficient management.

"It allows you to be more flexible and efficient in allocating storage resources," he said.

Cash said the most difficult part of using Active Archive for Servers is that you have to have someone that is familiar with the database model to aide in installation.

Because of this, the company holds customized Active Archiving Workshops to teach organizations understand how it will work in their environment and figure out which data needs to be archived.

Archive for Servers supports Oracle, DB2 UDB, SQL Server, Sybase and Informix database management systems. Now customers can extract data from multiple client/server and OS/390 production databases and store it in one or more active archives, in the context that the were saved.

Archive for Servers is priced starting at U.S. $50,000 and Archive for DB2 starts at U.S. $85,000.

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