IBM is attempting to steal the emerging market in data retention with the release of its TotalStorage Data Retention 450.
The company claimed the product would help business cope better with data compliance regulations and litigation. The TotalStorage Data Retention 450 is a securable rack unit with AIX running on one or two 64-bit Power4+ processors with one or two FAStT600 storage servers.
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The unit comes pre-configured and customers can choose from up to 600 storage devices from a variety of suppliers to populate it. These include LTO and IBM 3592 tape drives, with a future Worm version, as well as optical media.
IBM Global Services is on hand to help customers devise and implement a data retention strategy. All of the components of this solution are also available as individual products that can be assembled by clients, IBM Business Partners or IBM Global Services into customised configurations.
The Tivoli software can verify that data is written correctly and help ensure that no modifications or deletions are made after it is stored. Retention is policy-driven and can be terminated by an event such as a mortgage completing.
Management and control is solely via the Tivoli Storage Manager API by a variety of content management or archive applications such as DB2 Content Manager CommonStore.
IBM's product will be available in the US next month March, priced from $141,600. UK details of availability and prices are yet to be revealed.
Chris Mellor writes for Techworld.com