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Vendor adapts database-archiving tool for Centera

Princeton Softech has ported its database-archiving software to EMC's Centera Compliance Edition content-addressed storage system.

Database-archiving specialist Princeton Softech says that the latest version of its archiving software, Archive for Servers 5.2, meets auditing, reporting, business and legislative compliance requirements for relational database content that is archived and managed by EMC Corp.'s Centera Compliance Edition content-addressed storage system.

The compliance capabilities in Archive for Servers include support for Centera Compliance Edition's retention enforcement features, which enable users to set hardened retention periods on electronic records. The retention periods are specified in Archive for Servers, and EMC Centera enforces the data retention period in the storage environment.

Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC's vice president of content-addressed storage, Roy Sanford, said that, by supporting Centera Compliance Edition, the Princeton, N.J., vendor's database-archiving technology enables companies to archive data from relational databases and manage it in compliance with federal regulations.

Steve Duplessie, founder of Milford, Mass., analysis firm Enterprise Storage Group Inc., said that EMC is really the only game in town right now for object-based storage and that the vendor has a big advantage in the early stages of the compliance wars.

"I fully expect that every Tom, Dick and Harry will attempt to get their code to run on the Centera Compliance Edition," he said.

Duplessie predicted that Network Appliance Inc. would also make inroads in object-based storage, since applications don't have to be ported to use NetApp as compliant storage.

"This is going to be very interesting, as I think you'll see all the heavyweights contending for what is going to be a net new $6 billion opportunity. [Hitachi Data Systems], EMC and NetApp are already running down the path, but it's only time before HP and IBM join the fray," Duplessie said.

EMC revamped Centera in April by giving it the ability to let applications embed retention periods in meta data, letting Centera prevent any data deletion until the period is over.

Centera Compliance Edition, according to EMC, was designed to solve the challenges associated with managing and storing fixed content, or unchanging data, like document images, e-mail, X-rays and medical records.

In addition to its retention enforcement capabilities, Centera Compliance Edition also satisfies regulations such as Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 17a-4 and offers "enhanced disposition," or "shredding," a feature that ensures that deleted data cannot be recovered using disk-scanning tools. The new product also enables compliance with Department of Defense directive 5015.2, and it offers application access security features, which are aimed at satisfying the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


Let us know what you think about the story. E-mailKevin Komiega, News Writer

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